The average adult should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to be healthy. Yet sometimes even that much doesn’t feel like enough. It all depends on the quality of your sleep. Here are a few things to look out for to see if you’re suffering from sleep deprivation:
- You Fall Asleep Fast
Falling asleep when your head hits the pillow may be a sign that you’re sleep deprived. If you’re getting enough sleep, each night you should be gently dozing off to sleep gradually. On average, it should take 10 – 20 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re regularly falling asleep too quickly, it may be time to move up your bedtime. And if you go to bed early already, there may be other factors that are interfering with your sleep quality.
- You Rely on Coffee
A lack of energy is usually a clear indicator that you’re not getting enough sleep. Needing that morning cup and an extra boost in the afternoon could be a sign that you’re sleep deprived. Frequent yawning could also be a tip that you’re experiencing daytime fatigue.
- Your Mood Changes Rapidly
Mood changes can be a symptom of sleep deprivation that you may not expect. You may feel easily irritated and/or more emotional. If you’re chronically sleep deprived, you may even begin to experience anxiety or depression. It’s important to recognize when you’re experiencing these changes. One way that could help is by writing in a journal. If you can log how much sleep you’re getting and how your mood changes from day to day, you may notice a pattern develop.
Sleep can affect everything from your mood to your immune system. Going without enough quality sleep is doing your body and mind a serious disservice. When you wake up and realize you need better sleep, come to SleepMaster Solutions™. A quick and simple quiz can help you identify whether you have a sleep disorder. From there, we can help you address any problems you face.