Are you a good sleeper or do you sleep for 4-5 hours a day or even less? Your body gives plenty of signals that you are sleep deprived.
Most people are so accustomed to sleeping for less number of hours regularly that they get used to it.
Inadequate restful sleep is a silent health menace that most people are not aware of. If allowed unchecked for a long time it may lead to serious health problems like insomnia, hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes, stroke etc.
It is therefore important to sleep for 7-8 hours daily at night and get an ample amount of rest. This period of restful sleep gives time to your body and mind to relax and rejuvenate.
Let us explore 5 surprising signs that you are running short on sleep time-
You are baffled by simple decisions:
Higher cortex is the area of your brain that is responsible for taking decisions. When you are sleep deprived, the higher cortex of your brain slows down.
When you are tired, your judgment ability becomes fuzzy. You may even find it difficult to adapt to changing circumstances around you. Simple decisions like choosing a holiday destination seem like a big task.
You overeat and you are still hungry:
If you are over and over again reaching out for carbohydrate-rich foods like pastries, burgers, check your sleep duration.
Sleep deficit disturbs blood sugar levels and makes you secrete hormone ghrelin that enhances your hunger. You also tend to gain weight due to overeating.
Your immunity takes a hit:
When you skip on sound sleep, your immune system goes for a toss. You are more likely to suffer from frequent colds or allergies.
When you sleep for a good 7-8 hours, your immune system releases protein called cytokines which help fight off infections.
Sound sleep is a must for a healthy immune system.
Your emotions are volatile:
Without enough sleep, you are emotionally volatile. Lack of sleep makes you prone to mood swings. You are easily irritated and tend to cry at the drop of a hat even while watching a TV series.
You may also have frequent anger outbursts or may even feel depressed for no reason. Your tired brain tends to focus more on negative things as compared to positive things.
Your reflexes slow down:
When you sleep less, your motor reflexes become slower. Your focus levels go down. Your perception of depth becomes hampered. It may, therefore, be risky to drive when you are sleep deprived.
You may find it difficult to remember things as simple as where you kept your car keys. You tend to become clumsy and more prone to hurting yourself easily.
If you recognize these symptoms, know that you are in sleep deficit. Get more sleep at night to restore your mental and physical vigor. With enough sleep, you will soon find yourself bursting with high energy levels and greater productivity.