Have you been getting the right amount of sleep your body needs?
Sleeping for five hours is not enough for our bodies to function properly. Lack of sleep may eventually lead to chronic sleep deprivation which is tied to several health risks such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Listed are the following subtle signs that your body is experiencing sleep deprivation.
- Food cravings
- Lack of sleep can increase the production of your hunger hormone (ghrelin) which causes your sudden cravings for fatty and sugary food. Also, it can mess up your satiety hormone (leptin) – the signal on when to stop – that results to you eating more.
- Weight gain
- Eating more means gaining more. Since your hormones are messed up, your body will tend to crave for fried food and sweets – which will definitely contribute a few pounds. Sleep deprivation can also affect your metabolism – it tends to slow down when your body lacks rest.
- People tend to act without thinking when they are tired. You might also find yourself doing things you don’t necessarily mean.
- Memory gap
- Not getting enough sleep can impair your brain’s ability to remember things. Having a decent sleep is crucial for your brain health for sleep helps clear toxic molecules from the brain.
- Sleep deprivation can affect speed and higher-level cognitive processing which leads to a difficulty when it comes to decision-making.
- Poor coordination
- You can’t process particularly when you are sleep deprived. Your reaction time and concentration will be greatly affected which leads to difficulty with your motor skills movements.
- Too emotional
- You become over-reactive even in the small things. When you are sleep deprived, your emotions are out of control which may provoke anxiety, anger, or sadness.
- Weak immune system
- Poor sleep equals to poor immune system. Since you’re not sleeping properly, your body will have difficulty fighting off viruses and infections. Remember that a few nights of poor sleep could lower your body’s defenses against infections.
- Vision problems
- Less sleep results to fatigue and exhaustion – which then results to your eyes not functioning properly. Vision problems will definitely persist the less time you spend in bed.
- Skin problems
- Breakouts are more prone if you are sleep deprived. When you sleep, your skin works to repair damaged cells and not getting enough sleep will disrupt the process.
- Micro-sleep is your body’s way of forcing you to get the rest you need. Do take note that micro-sleeping can be extremely dangerous especially when you’re on the road for it may lead to fatal crashes.
Remember that your body needs seven to nine hours sleep for it to function properly. Allow your body to have the “beauty rest” it needs.
Reference: Swalin, R. 11 Signs You're Sleep Deprived. Health. Retrieved from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20906153,00.html/view-all.