Sleep deprivation is known to be associated with mood and emotional problems, it has been linked to obesity, it can impair learning and performance, and it’s also related to other health issues. We are here to share some warning signs that may indicate you should be getting more sleep.

Seven Signs Of Sleep Deprivation To Watch Out For

You’re not getting that 7-9 hours

Studies show that the average amount of sleep needed to maintain optimal health is somewhere in the territory of 7-9 hours each night. If you aren’t hitting those numbers on a consistent basis, there is a good chance that you may be experiencing sleep deprivation.

Are you hungry all the time?

When your body isn’t getting the energy it demands from sleep, it will look elsewhere. Your body’s response may be to up the production of ghrelin, which is also known as the hunger hormone. High productions can cause you to crave sugary, fatty foods, which certainly won’t do you any favors.

You fall asleep almost instantly

Do you fall asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow? You might think this is a good thing, but it could also be your body telling you how exhausted you are.

Your memory is short

Sleep deprivation can cause you to become very forgetful. If you can’t remember what you ate for breakfast or lunch most days, or you can’t remember if you’ve actually completed a task or not, this may be from sleep deprivation. When you are tired, you often don’t pay attention to what you are doing in the first place, which makes trying to remember things a challenge!

You are clumsier than usual

Accidents can happen, but if you find that accidents are happening all the time, it could be because you are absolutely exhausted.

Your emotions are erratic

You may not notice it in yourself, but if enough people bring it up, you may want to pay attention.

You get sick a lot

Sleep helps maintain things like our immune systems. Poor immune systems can come as a result of not getting enough restful sleep at night.

Any of these sound familiar? Try scheduling that 7-9 hours of sleep each night!