Sleep used to be a natural process, but it has now become a tricky thing. Some even think they’re getting a restful slumber, even when it is the otherwise. If this is true for you, be sure that you’re not experiencing the following signs:
- Irritable most of the time. Sleep deprivation causes you to become more irritable. Studies even suggest that those who sleep for only four and a half hours for a week reported feeling sadder, more stressed, and irritable than they get enough rest.
- Gaining weight. Research suggests that the people who sleep less than six hours at night are more likely to gain weight than those who sleep seven to nine hours. Lack of sleep also lowers leptin, a hormone that helps in suppressing appetite.
- Snoozing when doing something. If you have trouble keeping your eyes open when you should be awake or need to do something, you may be suffering from inadequate rest or sleep problem. This can affect work, lowering productivity and making more errors.
- Frequently on Facebook. Checking your news feed several times a day could mean that you need more sleep. Research suggests that inadequate sleep results in lower productivity and increased Facebooking. Less sleep also means more distraction, like grabbing you phone while working.
- Always relying on coffee. It may be that just love coffee, but using it to stay awake or getting more energy means that you’re not getting enough shut-eye. If you slept well, you should feel rested and refreshed and will not need coffee to wake up.
The key to getting a good night’s rest could be changing your habits and modifying your sleep environment. These include:
- Have a calming bedtime routine and keep a consistent sleep-wake schedule.
- Invest in a comfy bed and pillow or buy bamboo sheets for increased comfort.
- Turn off TV or limit screen time before going to bed.
- Avoid eating within two hours before bedtime, as this may cause heartburn.
- Exercise regularly and avoid napping during the day.
Don’t take sleep for granted. If you experience the following signs, sometimes developing a relaxing routine and turning off gadgets can make a difference. It is best to prepare your mind and body to get the restful slumber you deserve.