6 Definite Signs That You Need More Sleep Feb 17, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)

Four out of every ten Americans don’t get enough sleep. Have you ever noticed yourself yawning all day? Are your eyes dry and tired? These are just two of the signs that you’re not getting enough sleep. Here are some other signs to watch out for, and if you’re not getting enough shut-eye than you need to plan for a  good night’s rest!

You’re Moody

Are you usually a happy person? Fatigue can cause mood swings and irritability when you don’t expect. Little things may start getting to you faster than normal, and things that normally wouldn’t bother you start to get under your skin. There was a study done that proved that people who were lacking sleep started reading facial expressions differently, and all of a sudden non-threatening people became threatening.

You Seem Drunk

When you lack sleep, your brain starts to use shortcuts. It might seem strange but if you find yourself using a lot of sayings, clichés, or simple words it could very well be a sign that you need sleep! They can also sound intoxicated when they speak with slurred speech and trouble finding the right words. It’s been reported that when people lack sleep, like those who pull all-nighters, they can feel equally as intoxicated as they do when they’ve been drinking, and you’ll find it hard to put together a proper sentence.

You Get Sick

When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system starts to take a hit, and you may notice that you get sick more than normal. Your body is telling you that you need to slow down and get some rest. Some studies show that people who sleep for less than five hours per night were four times more likely to get sick than those who slept for six! That’s a massive difference for just one more hour of rest. Don’t deprive yourself of sleep if you’re looking to be healthy!

You’re Always Hungry

When you don’t sleep for a consistent amount every night, your body naturally decreases your level of leptin, the hormone that is responsible for appetite suppression. Basically, leptin helps tell your body when you don’t need any more food. But because levels decrease in people who are sleep deprived, it can cause them to get the munchies and eat more than they need. A snack might boost your energy and help you power through the day, but it’s no fix for a full night’s rest.

You Don’t Feel Sexy

Those lacking in sleep lose their libido! Who really feels like being intimate with a partner when they’re exhausted? Not many people. The sex-drive is one of the first casualties of fatigue especially for men since studies have found that sleep deprivation can lower the levels of testosterone in the body, which can lower a man’s desire to be with intimate with their partner.

Your Skin Is Breaking Out

If you’re noticing that you’re developing acne around your chin, it might be because you’re not sleeping enough, which is a normal response to stress. Poor sleep can cause the skin to sag, dry out, and look older than it should. When we’re sleep deprived, cortisol can break down the collagen in the skin and ultimately prevents it from being normal and smooth. While a good skincare regimen can fix the problem, in the long term getting enough sleep is a great way to keep your skin in nice condition.

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