It is one thing to always be sleepy if you are a lazy human. But if you once used to be that energetic bubbly human and suddenly there is altogether a different human being residing inside you who is your total opposite you should really look if something is wrong with you. Every person requires certain amount of sleep as they grow up from an infant to and adult, we all need that necessary amount of sleep. And if you loose out on these hours, there is a chance that you might be suffering from “Sleep Deprivation.” Read next to check if you have symptoms of deprived sleep.
If you yawn frequently or dose off in the middle of midnight conversations, there are high chances that you might be sleep deprived. You need sufficient amount of sleep. The necessary amount of sleep can be decided on how refreshed you feel after such naps.
#Tip – Try to sleep when you feel tired. Do not go past your bedtime.
#2. Memory issues.
Does it get difficult to concentrate? Do you often forget important things? You should really check your nap timetable. Sleep helps clear toxic molecules.
#Tip – Try to reduce use of your phone or laptop before going to bed. Try to Relax, meditate first and later doze off.
#3. Hunger issues.
Do you feel like eating again just after your meal? Lack of sleep results in increased production of the hunger hormone. If the body does not get required energy from sleep and rest, it tries to gain the necessary amount with food. You don’t realize the weak signals sent by the brain to restrict you from eating.
#Tip – Avoid eating two hours before bedtime. Construct and maintain a bedtime routine. Try to follow it consistently.
#4. Mood changes.
Do you get frequent mood swings or get too emotional and impulsive ? If you agree upon two of the three things at same time it surely means you need rest. The basic procedure of thinking before acting is only functional when your brain isn’t tired. Getting the right amount of sleep makes your responses more clear.
#Tip – Maintain a sleep diary which tracks all your day to day activity before you head to bed. Try working on the timings and food habits.
#5. Weight gain.
Easy to trace, this is one effect we all would dread about. Less sleep affects your metabolism and is indirectly responsible for those extra layers.
#Tip – Fiber rich and low fat food intake should be increased. Avoid sugary food.
#6. Falling sick very often.
When you are sleeping your immune system produces ‘cytokines’ that help protect you against infections and inflammations. Lack of production of these proteins, makes you fall sick frequently.
#Tip – Carry out a proper exercise regime. If the body gets tired it will give you signal to hit the bed.
#7. Inefficient execution functions.
Are you falling back on your efficiency of planning and decision making? You should really check if your body is working too much and also if your mind is tired. Enough sleep would prove helpful.
#Tip – While maintaining your sleep diary, you will soon realize that you need to make your bedroom a more cozy place. Declutter and add things that would help you relax and wind down. Soft music and dark curtains sooth the senses and help you retire.
#8. Hallucination and Paranoia.
Hallucination is visualizing and imagining things that do not exist in reality. Paranoid thoughts end up making you mentally in stable. These are serious effects of sleep deprivation. If you have been sleep deprived for a longer time you might experience these.
#Tip – Maintain a daily record and write down your worries. The calmer your senses are, the easier it will be for you to sleep.
So check if you have got any such signs and symptoms and follow the tips.