There are a lot more than a mere 10 symptoms of sleep deprivation, however here are the 10 that are the most serious.
1. Bad Mood
If you are cranky, easily irritated, and just can’t seem to get a grip on your emotions, this most definitely can be attributed to a lack of sleep.
Studies have found that sleep deprivation can result in a reduced ability to appropriately handle your emotions.
2. Lack of Concentration
When you are tired, it is pretty much impossible to focus. It requires a lot of mental energy to concentrate and if your brain is running on little sleep it will not be capable of high-demand endeavors that call for deep concentration.
If you find yourself spacing out and forgetting a lot of things during your day this is a sign of sleep deprivation.
3. Bad Decisions
It is well-documented that when you aren’t rested enough your brain has reduced access to higher-level cognitive functions, and this takes a toll on your decision making abilities.
Ensure that you get plenty of shut eye before a day of important decisions, because if you don’t it is likely you’ll make the wrong ones.
4. Stressed Out
Sleep deprivation is strongly correlated with high levels of stress. Intuitively this makes sense because when your body sleeps that is when it reconciles emotions and winds itself down.
If you find that you just can’t seem to catch a breather and always feel burdened by stress, it may be because you aren’t giving your body enough rest to alleviate itself.
5. Slow Reflexes and Poor Hand-Eye Coordination
Sleep deprived subjects performed poorly on motor skill tests and demonstrated slow reaction times.
Driving, or doing anything physical that requires mental agility is severely impaired while you are sleep deprived. If you find yourself nodding off at the wheel, pull over immediately and take a nap.
In fact, findings have proven that sleep deprivation produces the same effects as being drunk.
6. You Need An Alarm Clock To Wake Up
If you wake-up unprompted, feeling well-rested and refreshed this means that your body has gotten enough sleep.
Alarm clocks are unnatural and ideally if you are getting enough sleep you shouldn’t need them.
Recent research has indicated that lack of sleep causes your body to produce more ghrelin, which is the hormone that triggers the feeling of hunger.
Did you ever notice that you eat a lot of crap on the days you feel really tired? Blame it on your lack of shut eye.
8. Feelings of Loneliness and Helplessness
According to a Great British Sleeper Survey, poor sleepers are seven times more likely to feel helpless and five times more likely to feel alone.
Who knew that cutting back on your sleep could lead to such significant feelings of dis-empowerment.
Yup, when you sleep poorly you are 3 times more likely to catch a cold. Your immune system is majorly compromised when your body is scrambling to function on sleep scarcity.
10. Everything Sucks
You know the feeling, when you wake up and your day already seems like a bad one. That’s because when you don’t get enough sleep you automatically feel less elated, friendly, empathetic and positive.
Attitude is everything, and your perception is what will determine how fulfilled you feel with your life.
I think it’s wise to equate sleep deprivation with being handicapped. You are more or less compromising every facet of your functioning by putting sleep on the back burner.
For ideas on how to get more sleep, and get better sleep, here are 7 ways to sleep better.
Love yourself, and give your body and mind the rest it needs so you can live your life to its fullest capacity.
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