Four Signs You're Not Getting Enough Sleep
Seven to nine hours. That’s the recommended amount of sleep we should all be getting each night. But are you actually hitting that target? If you’re not, your body is likely sending you all sorts of signals to try and let you know it needs a little more rest. Here are some of the key signs that you might not be getting enough sleep.
Everyone gets a little irritable from time to time. Whether it’s caused by hormonal fluctuations or just a bad day at the office, occasional bouts of moodiness aren’t usually anything to worry about in isolation. But if you notice that you’re feeling cranky, irritable and uncharacteristically stressed, it could be a sign that you’re not getting the sleep you need. Your sleep and your moods are closely linked – if one is a little out of sync, it can have a huge effect on the other.
You fall asleep rapidly.
Do you regularly boast about being able to fall asleep before your head hits the pillow? It turns out this may not be a sign of supernatural sleep ability, but rather a signal that you need to get more sleep. Studies have shown that those who fall asleep within five minutes of getting in bed may actually have poorer sleep health than those who take around 15-20 minutes to drift off.
You get ill regularly.
If you find that you’re picking up every single virus that goes around the office, and struggling to fight it off, it could be that you’re not getting the sleep your immune system needs to be at full strength. While you’re sleeping, your immune system basically ‘mops up’ anything harmful, from viruses and bacteria to mutated cells that may cause cancer. If you’re not getting enough sleep, needless to say, your body’s ability to ‘mop up’ might be compromised.
Your appetite has increased.
Find yourself eating more than you used to? Unable to resist snacking between meals? This could be down to sleep deprivation. During sleep, your body produces hormones that regulate your appetite. If you’re not sleeping enough, you produce more ghrelin – which tells us to eat more – and less leptin – which tells us to stop eating.
At Third, we understand the importance of getting a great night’s sleep, every night. Keep following the blog for the latest sleep tips and advice.