These little-known symptoms of sleep deprivation

These little-known symptoms of sleep deprivation

Sleep is something everyone does, but only a small percentage of people do it really well. Loss of concentration, mood swings and general sleepiness during the day are all telltale signs of sleep problems. However, there are less obvious symptoms that can also mean you are sleep deprived. For example, you ate worse than usual. You may be asking: Why do I have a sweet tooth? Here are five unexpected ways your body can tell you it’s time to sleep, and some suggestions to help you sleep well.

If you crave junk food:

If your cravings for cookies, candy, and chips are more intense than usual, it could be due to lack of sleep. There are two hunger hormones that enable appetite: ghrelin (which increases appetite) and leptin (which decreases appetite). When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels drop and ghrelin rises, signaling your body that you’re hungry.

An increase in appetite theoretically means you simply want to eat more. So why does the body specifically need what harms it when it is sleep deprived? Your body is probably looking for a quick fix when it feels depleted. This is why sweet foods and high calorie foods come to mind. Studies have shown a link between lack of sleep and high calorie food choices.

One way to improve the quality of your sleep is to make sure your bedroom is ready for it. This means you should have blinds to keep the morning light out. Or that the temperature should be around 21°.

You wake up tired

If you notice that you regularly wake up tired. OR you feel tired at certain times of the day and even coffee can’t solve your problems, you may have bad sleeping habits. Also, falling asleep easily during everyday activities such as reading, driving and watching TV can be a sign of sleep deprivation.

Try to set a regular bedtime and limit nighttime exposure to blue light from electronic devices…

Your sex drive is low

If you’re exhausted, you might not be in the mood for sex. A small 2015 study concluded that sleep is essential for “healthy sex drive.” Another study, which only looked at men, found that testosterone levels dropped by 10 to 15 percent when they slept just five hours a night instead of the recommended seven to nine hours.

For better quality sleep, make sure your bedroom is only for sleeping and sex. By avoiding watching TV, eating and working in bed. You can train your body to recognize that your bedroom means it’s time to sleep.

You often get sick

If you are often sick, it may be because you are not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. Specifically, if you sleep less than five hours, you have a 45.2% chance of catching a cold when exposed to the virus. That number drops to 17.2% if you sleep more than seven hours.

You don’t just have to make sure you sleep when you’re sick. But also benefit from quality sleep every night to stay healthy in the face of viruses. Possibly including COVID-19. If you are afraid to fall asleep or toss and turn frequently at night, try using a weighted blanket. THIS has been shown to help some people rest better.

Your skin is dull

Many dermatologists agree that sleep can cause wrinkles, dull skin. And of course puffy eyes and dark circles. The skin repairs itself during sleep. If you shorten this process, you are doing your skin a disservice. Have you looked in the mirror recently? Maybe you’re not thrilled with the way your skin looks, think about how long you’ve been sleeping.

If you have one or more of these problems, one thing is for sure: sleep is extremely important. Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night to promote health. Don’t just set the sleep time. Make your bedroom a haven of sleep. Start with a good mattress (one that’s no older than seven years old) and work your way up to make sure your pillows, blankets, linens, room temperature, and lighting are all set to give you the best, healthiest sleep.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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