The average adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep per night in order to feel good and function properly the following day. Some people think that they can function on less, but often what they do not realize is that they are actually chronically tired and that they would feel so much better if they were getting the recommended amount of sleep. It’s easy to forget what being well rested feels like if you have been running on empty for too long.
Here are seven signs that you are not getting as much sleep as you should be.
1 You need an alarm clock to wake up
If you cannot get out of bed without using an alarm clock, and you find yourself tempted to hit the snooze button every morning, then maybe you need to go to bed earlier. If you are getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally.
2 You feel tired when you are driving
Feeling tired when driving or operating heavy machinery is incredibly dangerous. Many truckers and taxi drivers find themselves feeling tired while at the wheel. If that’s you, then pull over and get some rest in the short term. Long term, try to get more, high-quality sleep at night.
3 You need to drink coffee to stay awake during the day
Coffee contains caffeine, which is a strong stimulant. It’s OK to have a cup in the morning to perk you up, but if you find yourself drinking it to concentrate throughout the working day it may be that you are not getting enough sleep.
4 You have a constant brain fog
If you find yourself struggling to concentrate on your work, or you find that you are struggling to remember things, then you may not be getting good enough sleep. Even if you think you are getting your full eight hours, poor quality sleep can create brain fog.
5 You make a lot of mistakes doing simple things
If you find that you are zoning out or making mistakes with simple tasks, then that is another thing that could be caused by poor sleep. Cognitive impairment is a common symptom of sleep deprivation.
6 You catch lots of minor illnesses
Do you catch all the colds and minor bugs that are going around? Do cuts and bruises take a long time to heal? If so, that could be down to your diet, or it could be down to you not getting enough sleep. The time you spend sleeping is the time that your body gets to spend healing. If you’re really tired, then your immune system won’t work as well as it should.
7 You are quick to anger
Mood swings and constant irritability are a common sign of sleep deprivation. If you feel that you are quick to anger or that little things are hard to brush off, then that is a sign that you are sleep deprived. Your body makes hormones to regulate your mood, and a lack of sleep can interfere with that hormone production.