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Are You Sleeping Enough? How to Identify if You Have a Lack of Sleep

September 23, 2019

There is a research study that suggests that inappropriate sleep quality and quantity can affect our physical and psychological well-being to a great extent. This study suggests that the chances of death increases when an individual sleeps for either more than 10 hours or less than 6 hours.

So, if sleeping for more hours is not considered healthy, then what is the most appropriate answer to healthy sleep?

Ask yourself a few questions listed below to know whether you’re sleeping enough or not and identify if you’ve been sleeping healthy.

Are you productive?

The best way to measure if you’re sleeping enough is when you’re able to be productive at work. It is seen that the level of productivity is correlated with the quality of sleep you’re getting at night.

It has been seen that a night of good sleep is likely to leave you feeling refreshed and alert throughout the day. However, if that’s not the case, then you may need to reconsider the quality and amount of sleep you’re getting.

Are you moody?

One thing that makes a person moody and irritated throughout the day, apart from the stress, is the night of bad sleep.

Notice whether you’re being moody throughout your day and it is severely affecting your work. When you don’t get enough sleep at night, you may become irritated and groggy. People generally figure out if an individual has had a rough night, so if that's the case, make sure to recharge your sleep quota.

Is your Judgement stalling for time?

When you have insufficient sleep at night and you’re struggling to catch up on your sleeping quota, then it may hinder your ability to access a situation and act accordingly.

Notice whether you’re struggling with processing your emotions based on a situation. You may be struggling to identify the emotions because of the impaired brain capacity of reading the social situation and acting appropriately. This is most likely to happen when a person is sleep-deprived.

Do you feel low on energy?

Feeling low on energy when a person has executed a tiring task is one thing, but feeling drained and fatigued just after waking up in the morning is another.

The major sign to identify that you feel low on energy and fatigued is when you see yourself dragging to work or even execute small tasks. If it takes you more than 2-3 cups of coffee to be alert and focus on work, then it can be a red sign indicating insufficient sleep.

If you find yourself feeling fatigued and low on energy after waking up, it is a sign that you may not be getting enough sleep. This feeling of fatigue and energy-drained may also indicate some underlying condition that may require a medical professional’s attention.

Are you gaining weight?

Individuals who sleep less than 6 hours in the night are more likely to be overweight. This is because a good night of sleep can properly control the hunger hormones. But when you’re sleep-deprived, these hormones that tell you how hungry you are may get imbalanced. This disruption can make you hungry more frequently than necessary, which ultimately makes you gain more weight.

Identify whether you’ve been craving more food because you haven’t had a good sleep in the night. It may be a sign that you may need to get your night routine back in place.

With all these signs, you can self-diagnose that you’ve not been sleeping enough. We hope that you can muster all the power you have to overcome those sleep disruptions you might be experiencing so that you can sleep comfortably throughout the night.