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8 Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Jun 5, 2017

Bored college students asleep on desks in lecture hall classroom

re you the type that wakes up feeling sleepy and lethargic even after several hours of sleep? If you wake up tired every day, then don’t dismiss this as mere laziness on your part. All the overlooked yawning and tiredness you have may be your body’s own way of telling you that all is not well with you.

If you notice any of these signs listed below then, it may be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep.

You are hungry all the time: “Research showed that sleep loss associated with activation of the stress system leads to increased hunger and hormonal changes that may lead to increased consumption of comfort food”.

You are gaining weight: “If you are gaining weight for no rhyme or reason, check how much sleep you are getting, lack of sleep increases ghrelin, a hormone that promotes hunger and if you eat to satiate your taste buds and don’t indulge in any calorie-burning activity, you can easily become obese”.

You fall asleep early in the morning: “If it is stress-induced sleeplessness which keeps you awake at night chances are you might fall asleep early in the morning to complete your sleep quota”.

You wake up early: “One reason for waking up early in the morning even before your alarm rings could be because the circadian rhythm has started to deteriorate, this happens mostly with age-related insomnia where night-time sleep becomes fragmented and you wake up early in the morning feeling fatigued”.

You wake up with dry mouth: “Often people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) wake up with a dry mouth as they don’t get enough air to breathe, have pauses in breathing and feel sleepy early in the morning”.

You wake up with a headache: “Early morning chronic headaches can also be a sign, lack of sleep, fragmented sleep or suffering from a sleep disorder could be a reason for these headaches”.

Your temper is on the edge: “Sleep has a role to play in your emotional well-being too. Reduced quantity and quality of sleep results in increased overall aggression”.

Your s3x life has gone for a toss: “If you don’t get enough sleep, there are chances you won’t be able to keep your partner happy in bed, this is especially true for men. In men, hormonal changes in testosterone that occur with obstructive sleep apnea and other conditions of chronic sleep deprivation adversely affect s3xual life”. “Sleep loss reduces testosterone levels in males causing sexual dysfunction”.

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