Telltale Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep – And Why You Should Care
If you’re yawning while you read this we won’t take it personally. In fact you’re probably not the only person doing it. That’s because, according to experts, about a third of Canadians sleep fewer hours per night than recommended for optimal physical and mental health.
In theory, adults are supposed to sleep between seven and nine hours per night. But we all know that theory and reality are two different things entirely, which would probably explain that aforementioned yawning, or the cup (or three) of strong coffee that you drank this morning.
But no amount of coffee can overcome the potential impact that sleep deprivation can have on your health. So how can you spot the warning signs of sleep deprivation, and what can you do to combat them?
Take a look at our guide below to see if you might be suffering from sleep deprivation.
YOU BECOME VERY, VERY MOODY
Have you ever felt super irritable or super excited after a sleepless night? Well it turns out, that’s all of us. Research published in the Journal of Neuroscience shows people with sleep deprivation get more worked up about everything, good or bad.
YOU MAKE SOME REALLY BAD DECISIONS
Sleep deprivation also causes increased impulsivity and irrational decision-making. Combine that with moodiness and you have a recipe for disaster, as you overreact to negatives, and fail to see the positives. Is it any surprise we all want a do over after a sleep deprived day?
YOU WANT TO EAT ALL THE TIME
We’ve all felt the need to eat a bit more when we haven’t had enough sleep, convincing ourselves the fuel will wake us up. As it turns out, the real reason we reach for the snacks is because when we’re sleep deprived, we associate it more with pleasure.
YOU CANNOT FOCUS ON TASKS
Often when we’re not getting enough sleep, one of the first things to suffer is our productivity. One study published in the Public Library of Science has proven that we are less alert and less focused when we haven’t had enough sleep, which in turn makes us slow to respond and in some cases, respond incorrectly.
YOU FORGET ALL THE GOOD STUFF
How many times have you forgotten the most basic things when you haven’t had enough sleep? But it’s not just your keys or that morning meeting that you forget, sometimes you lose the ability to keep a hold of the good stuff. Interestingly, a study in the Journal of Sleep Research shows that sleep deprivation causes a loss of positive memories more than negative ones. As a result, by not getting enough sleep, you may actually be making yourself more unhappy.
YOU FEEL MORE ANXIOUS THAN USUAL
It turns out that feeling anxious during a sleep deprived day is completely normal, even if that anxiety is just for the day to be over, so we can get some more sleep! Research published in Sleep shows this affects you even if you’re not experiencing mood swings and lack of focus.
YOU GET LOTS OF COMMON COLDS
If you’re frequently sneezing, coughing, and taking sick days, it might just be your body’s way of telling you that you need more sleep. Another study in Sleep shows people who are sleep deprived are much more likely to get infections like the common cold. So sleep isn’t just important for your mind, it’s crucial for your body as well.
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN ANYTHING NEW
We’ve all burnt the midnight oil ahead of a deadline at some point in our lives, but unsurprisingly if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not going to be a top marks student. In fact research in Sleep Medicine Reviews reveals that all-nighters won’t just leave you sleepy, they will also mean that you find it more difficult to learn and study.
WHY IS SLEEP SO IMPORTANT TO OUR HEALTH?
We all want to avoid these problems, but getting to bed on time can be difficult. Nevertheless, it’s important to know getting enough sleep isn’t just about avoiding these negative effects. Sleep makes sure we survive and flourish.
It does this by preparing the brain for new information, enabling us to form new memories and take on new knowledge. It also transfers that new information to our long-term memory. As well, sleep clears out your glymphatic system, the pathway which carries waste out of our central nervous system, possibly preventing loss of cognitive function in old age. So, whether you’re a rising professional aiming for promotion, a parent trying to keep up with your kids, or a senior looking forward to your golden years, a good night’s sleep really is just what you need. A good night’s sleep is just one way that you can safeguard your health. Supplements are another, and can provide a helping hand to help you reach your health goals.
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