Are you sleep deprived?
Even if you’ve been able to trick your body into not feeling tired, whether it’s through sugar or caffeine, your body may be trying to tell you in other ways:
- Has your sex drive gone down?
- Are you forgetful?
- Are you making what you consider stupid mistakes?
- Are you gaining weight?
- Have you been feeling depressed or irritable?
- Are you suddenly clumsy or accident prone?
If you’re not sure, or if you think you’re totally fine, are you really the best person to judge? After all, sleep affects judgement. So who are you to say whether or not you’ve gotten enough sleep?
Ask a friend or loved one. Better yet, ask a co-worker. Is productivity where it usually is? Have you been a little touchy with colleagues? Have you simply not been yourself lately? With research showing the lack of sleep affects moral judgement—which plays a big part in defining who we are—it’s possible you haven’t been. Have you been regretting any recent choices you’ve made?
Because even if you think you’re getting enough sleep in terms of time (recommendations for adults generally fall between 7 and 9 hours per night), you may not be getting enough in terms of quality. And if the people in your life don’t say anything, you can bet your body will.
So will your mirror. When people say they need their beauty sleep, they may not realize just how right they are. It’s a fact: a lack of sleep will wreak havoc on your skin. As we wrote in last post, the body responds to sleep loss by releasing more cortisol, which WebMD agrees can “break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.”
And so will your bed. When you look down on it, do you feel an overwhelming sense of longing? If so, you really don’t need any more signs to prove you’re sleep deprived. Do you?