We all know how important a good night's sleep is for our health. When we get enough (adults should be getting 8 to 9 hours a night) we know it's a good thing. We look better, and most importantly, we feel better. Sleep depravity can affect our health in a myriad of ways. But how do we know when we're not getting enough?
Here are 5 signs that tell you it's time to get some extra shuteye:
You're Extra Moody
We can all be a bit moody from time to time but if you're feeling the strain from lack of sleep, you'll be extra irritable. Sleep is hugely important to our mental and emotional health (the two are obviously interconnected), and according to statistics from the Harvard Medical School even short-term, partial sleep loss can negatively affect mood, outlook, and the quality of our relationships. ?If you're sleep deprived, you're more vulnerable to crankiness, irritability, and challenges coping with stress,? according to the research.
You Fall Asleep During The Day
This is never good but if you're feeling any sort of added tiredness during the hours you should be at your most productive, you know it's time to hit the hay earlier. If you're getting drowsy during the day, something isn't right. And the symptoms can be from the smaller things to yawning your head off every every five minutes or thinking you need a steady stream of coffee to prop yourself up (hey, we've all been there), during that meeting that may be a tad uninspiring. It's the little signs like this, which should be treated as red flags, as your body is telling you it needs some extra rest.
You Keep Getting Sick
If you keep getting colds that you can't shake off, a lack of sleep could be linked to this. A 2009 study from The LA Times found that people who sleep fewer than seven hours each night have almost three times the risk of catching a cold than people who slept for at least eight hours. Getting sick is another way for your body to tell you that it might be time to take things a little easier, and if you're sick, you get tired and vice versa. It can be very easy to get stuck in a cycle, so pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you.
You Don't Look Good
?Are you feeling sick?? will probably be a question you get asked a lot if you're feeling exhausted. You'll look pale, probably have major bags under your eyes (they'll be red too) and you just won't have the energy to bother when it comes to your beauty routine. It's been proven too. According to a study from the Sleep Journal, ?the faces of sleep deprived individuals were perceived as having more hanging eyelids, redder eyes, more swollen eyes, darker circles under the eyes, paler skin, more wrinkles/fine lines, and more droopy corners of the mouth.? So, it will literally show on you face if you're too tired. Going to bed an hour or two earlier will do wonders so don't underestimate it.
Your Libido Drops
You'll definitely lose that lovin? feeling if you're tired all the time. Fatigue can be an important factor when it comes to why both women and men aren't in the mood for sex. In particular for women, exhaustion from caring for young children or ageing parents can contribute to a low sex drive, according to The Mayo Clinic. We have such busy, hectic lives that this is bound to happen every now and again, but if it's a constant thing, then it's an issue. If you've been feeling like this recently, take time to get some rest. Both you (and your partner too!) will feel much better for it.
If you're feeling any of the above constantly, getting the few extra hours of sleep will definitely help. We would advise though that if you're getting extra sleep and you find you're not feeling any better, to get it seen to, just to be on the safe side. Sleeping won't solve all your problems to be sure, but you'll at least be able to handle those early starts a little better.