Between work, classes and other obligations, you might not sleep seven or eight hours every night. Since you're young, you may think lack of sleep isn't a big deal. But the truth is, you need adequate sleep. This is how you perform at your best, so never underestimate the importance of rest. So, are you getting enough sleep? Here are seven signs that you might be sleep deprived.
1. You Can't Remember Anything
If you’re having problems with your memory lately, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. It might come as a surprise, but deep sleep is connected to memory. If you're not sleeping a lot, or if you're waking up throughout the night, you might not be getting the REM sleep your body needs. As a result, you might become forgetful. Try going to bed earlier every night and getting at least eight hours of sleep. Also, alleviate distractions that might interrupt your sleep. Don't sleep with the radio or TV on.
2. You’re Feeling More Stressed
Everyone deals with stress, but did you know that lack of sleep impacts ‘how' we deal with daily aggravations. When we're well-rested, it's easier to problem-solve and get through hectic times at school or work. But if your brain is tired because you didn't get enough sleep the night before, you might feel overwhelmed and the simplest problem can trigger a lot of stress and burnout.
3. You Feel More Hungry
If you're staying up longer every day, this means you're burning more calories and you're probably eating more. Research proves there’s a connection between sleep deprivation and an increased appetite. So if you're more hungry lately, it might be time to adjust your sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time every day. Also, don’t use electronic devices while in bed. This can keep your mind alert and make it harder to fall asleep
4. Slower Motor Skills
When you're physically exhausted, everything slows down, including your motor skills and reflexes. You might notice slower reflexes while operating your car, and you might frequently drop things like the remote control, a pencil or your phone. Rather than blame this on clumsiness, get more sleep and see if it makes a difference.
5. You’re Having More Medical Problems
You can be the most healthy person, but if you’ve been sleep deprived for a long time, you may experience some medical issues. Lack of sleep can raise your blood pressure, and if you're a diabetic you might deal with insulin complications. Lack of sleep can also weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses.
6. You Can't Concentrate
Have you been sitting at your desk staring at the same assignment for 20 or 30 minutes with no progress? Are you trying to study but keep reading the same paragraph? Lack of sleep doesn't only make you more hungry or affect your motor skills, it becomes harder to concentrate. And when you can't concentrate, you're not going to be productive at work or at school. You need to give your brain a rest and recharge by getting enough sleep every night.
7. You’re Moody
Stress is one emotional effect of being tired, but sleep deprivation can also make you moody. You’ll have less patience with people, and you may become easily upset or irritated. Taking a nap or going to bed early can calm your nerves.
Fortunately, sleep deprivation is something you can fix. There are several ways to sleep better. Avoid caffeine hours before bed and create a comfortable sleep environment by making your room as dark as possible and eliminating any distractions that might keep you up.
What are other signs you're not getting enough sleep?