The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity of sleep. Unfortunately, many people spend their days exhausted without ever realising that they need better quality sleep.
Sleep deprivation can easily hide from our attention, especially if you’re a heavy user of caffeine or other stimulants.
Here are 5 subtle ways your body may be telling you to prioritise your sleep.
1. You suffer from mood swings
Emotional regulation is a complex biochemical process. So no matter how good your manners are or how hard you try to keep yourself in check, you’ll find it challenging to keep your cool if you’re not getting enough sleep. That’s because sleep deprivation impairs the parts of your brain responsible for keeping your emotions balanced.
2. You often feel unwell
“Sleep (or laughter) is the best medicine.”
The old saying can’t be more truthful. Neglecting sleep weakens your immune system and directly impacts your physical health. As a result, you may be more susceptible to illnesses––ranging from the common cold to more severe and chronic problems that may derail your life.
3. You’re very clumsy
Poor sleep translates to generally impaired processing, and your motor skills are no exception. Indeed, some people are just clumsier than others. But if you’re constantly tripping over your own feet, don’t discount the possibility that sleep deprivation may be the culprit.
4. You can’t concentrate
Studies show that the first part of your brain to suffer impairment from not getting enough rest is your frontal lobe—the part responsible for complex planning, decision-making, and concentration. So, if you find yourself zoning out or reading the same paragraph over and over again, you may just be bored, or you may need to revisit your sleep schedule.
5. You’re always ravenous
Hunger and appetite are controlled by two crucial hormones—leptin and ghrelin. When you’re well-rested, your body has a much easier time keeping hunger signals tethered to your actual physical need for nourishment. However, these hormones go out of whack when you’re sleep-deprived, making you crave high-calorie foods to stay awake.
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