How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Be honest! If you’re like most of us, you are probably short-changing your snooze time!
We’re sure you already know how important sleep is for your well-being, but you may not realize how much it affects your health, and even your waistline!
In addition to increasing stress levels and making us feel like we’re walking around in a fog, when we don’t get enough zzzzz’s, it can result in increased weight gain. Yep. Really!
Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep. With the increased usage of laptops, tablets and other electronics ruling our lives these days, along with our long list of daily responsibilities, most of us are guilty of not getting enough shut eye.
So, if you aren’t sure whether or not sleep deprivation is affecting you, we’ve come up with some tell-tale signs that signal if it may be time to start heading to bed a bit earlier, and to avoid certain things that make falling to sleep more difficult.
- You get drowsy during the day, and caffeine doesn’t help. While this may seem obvious, many people think that feeling exhausted in the afternoon is the norm. Well, it’s NOT! It’s a big red flag that you’re not getting enough sleep at night. Sometimes, the signs are not very obvious, such as yawning every five minutes or feeling the need to constantly refill your coffee cup.
- You always feel hungry. Sleep affects the production of the hormone grehlin, which is in charge of hunger, as well as satiety. That means with little sleep, you will feel hungrier and it makes you crave less healthy foods, which is not a good thing!
- You don’t look your best. Even just a little sleep deprivation can affect how you look. If your eyes are puffy or red, or you have dark circles under your eyes, you most likely need more rest.
- You keep losing things, such as your glasses or car keys. Forgetfulness is a common sign of sleep deprivation. While getting 8 hours of sleep won’t magically find your items, it will help you remember the next time where you put them!
- You’re more sensitive than usual. If you’re more emotional, for example, crying for no reason, or just more sensitive to things than you usually are, it may not be PMS or other hormonal issues – try getting more sleep and you will notice that you feel more balanced and in control of your sensitivity.
- Your productivity isn’t what it normally is. Lack of sleep can negatively affect the ability to focus, concentrate, and make the right decisions. If your work or performance to do things is suffering, getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis may be one of the best ways to improve your overall performance and productivity levels.
If you need help falling asleep at night, here are some tips you may want to try:
- Nix all electronic gadgets at least 60 minutes before hitting the sack.
- Take a warm bath.
- Drink a cup of herbal tea.
- Read a chapter or two in a book (not on a kindle)
- Meditate and think of a few things that you are grateful for.
- Darken your room so that when its time to close your eyes, there’s no distractions. (you can use an eye mask if necessary)
We hope these tips will help you get enough shut eye to feel energized come the morning! Sweet dreamzzzzz!
Committed to your success,