You know you should get 7 – 8 hours of sleep a day but you want to party the night away, rush a project or watch the CSI re-runs.
We get it, we have all been through there.
Late nights here and there won’t have a lasting effect on you. However, if sleeping 5 hours days become a daily routine, then it can seriously hurt your health.
Sleep deprivation have been tied to several chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. Yet, most people won’t know they are deprive of sleep until they have fallen ill.
In this article, there are several subtle signs that your body need more time on bed.
You Are Always Hungry
Are you always hungry even after a meal? This could be due to sleep deprivation. A 2010 research suggest that lack of sleep is link to higher levels of the hormone ghrelin, which is the chemical that triggers hunger. They also found that the hunger hormone don’t just increase snacking but also the demand for high-carb, high calories food. This might explain why getting little sleep might contribute to obesity.
You Are Always Crying
Have you ever found yourself tearing over an embarrassing scene on television? While most women may blame PMS, A 2007 study have shown that lack of sleep could send your emotions into overdrive. The study found that sleep deprived brains were 60% more reactive to negative or disturbing images.
You Are Always Forgetting
When you forget something, you might be tempted to pointing fingers to your age or the overwhelming stress of work. But it could be the lack of sleep that is really the culprit. Too few hours of sleep have been linked to a whole host of cognitive problems such as difficulty in focus, confusion, low alertness and trouble in learning.
So the next time you forgot your sleep, consider how much of sleep are you getting last night.
You Are Always Cold
If you are always having sniffle, you might want to assess your sleep schedule. According to a 2009 study, LA Times have found that people who slept less than 7 hours each year are 3 times at risk of catching cold than those who sleep more than 7 hours a day.
You Have Lost Interest In Sex
If you and your partner can’t get into the mood, you might want to spend extra time in between your sheets…sleeping. WebMD report that without getting enough sleep, sex drive decrease and can also elevate levels of cortisol, the stress hormone inside our body.
You Will Damage Your Skin Permanently
With sleep deprivation, huge amount of cortisol, the stress hormone will be release. Apart from losing your sex drive, it will also damage your skin by breaking down the collagen. If you are unaware, the collagen is the protein that keep your skin smooth and elastic.
You Will Die Earlier
By now, this should not come as a surprise. Those who sleep less than 6 hours a day are 4 times more likely to die of any cause within the next decade than those that do.
Sleep plays an important role in revitalizing and repairing your body and if you lack of sleep, even for one day, you might experience elevated blood pressure all through the next day.