We all need sleep but our lives never seem to let us get enough of it. Whether it be kids or a job and school, getting enough sleep can be a real challenge. Most people are so used to functioning at half the power they normally do that they may not be aware of the fact that they are. There are signs and symptoms that show up when we don’t get enough sleep and it would be wise to catch it in time so you can do something about it.
Sometimes we aren’t getting enough sleep due to life or maybe a life-change. Sometimes it is due to hormonal changes and sometimes it is sleep apnea. This is a condition caused by either an abnormality in the soft palate or nasal area or it is caused by a malfunction in the central nervous system. Either way, the person stops breathing during the night for a short period of time–this can be life-threatening in some cases and especially if you snore, you should have it checked out.
Three signs you aren’t getting enough sleep:
These symptoms are indicative of long-term issues with sleep deprivation. If you are experiencing them for short bouts at a time–you may have issues in life like personal trials or hormonal issues that could be causing it. However, if it is an ongoing thing then a trip to the doc or a change in a mattress or pillow may be in store.
The first sign is obvious, you are waking up tired and unable to wake up all day. You feel groggy most of the day and you find it difficult to focus at work. This can cause major dysfunction and can ruin the quality of your life.
Another sign is having an irritable personality and then crashing at the 4 pm hour and maybe first at the 1pm hour. Some people who twist and turn most of the night generally may start out ok after some coffee but then a hard crash comes during the day. This is often mistaken for a sugar crash and it may be a combination–but–lack of sleep is a big reason.
The third sign that is large enough is if your eating pattern goes off or you are gaining weight or getting sick a bit more often.When you aren’t sleeping enough your immune system suffers. If you are sleeping a lot yet still not recovering–this means you aren’t reaching REM sleep long enough. This is where healing begins.