4 Tell-Tale Signs That You Are Sleep Deprived
Are you getting enough sleep? Before you answer that, many times even if you think you’re getting enough sleep, you may be sleep deprived. The symptoms of sleep deprivation are often not as obvious as you might think. It’s more than just feeling sleepy all the time. We all have trouble sleeping now and then and we all experience the occasional sleepless night and groggy morning. This especially true during periods of life transitions and stresses. But it becomes an issue when sleep deprivation is a regular occurrence and is unrelated to specific circumstances.
Here are 4 tell-tale signs that you are sleep deprived:
- Moody–Lack of sleep can make people extremely irritable. Do you find yourself being snappy and impatient? How about having low tolerance for mistakes of others and yourself? Lack of sleep could be the culprit.
- Increased appetite and/or weight gain–Did you know that lack of sleep can make you hungrier and lead to weight gain? When you are tired, your body’s need for energy can lead to craving sweets, carbohydrates, or just food in general. Another factor for increased appetite when you are sleep deprived are hormones. They can go into overdrive when the body is lacking sleep. Research has showed that even without an increase in appetite that too little sleep can result in weight gain.
- Mistakes–If you are finding yourself making silly mistakes on a regular basis, perhaps dropping things, forgetting appointments and so on- it may be your tired brain. Studies show that those who don’t get enough sleep have a hard time performing normal tasks that otherwise would be no problem when they are getting enough sleep.
- Depression–If you feeling blue and depressed and having a hard time figuring out why, you might want to take a look at your sleep habits. As with other mental disorders, sleep deprivation may not be a cause of depression, but rather a symptom.
Learning to recognize when your body is not getting enough sleep is essential to your total wellness.
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?