We’ve all been there: Running on 5 hours or less of sleep a night and justifying it because of how busy we are or how our thoughts are racing – or better yet, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
As I get older, I find it’s getting more and more difficult to get through my day on less than 7 hours of sleep. I start to dread the thought of waking up early the next day, I’m moody, and it gets harder to focus as the day comes closer to an end. After doing some research, I realize now why it’s so important to get the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep per night, and I see why getting less than 7 can make me such a mess!
Some signs you’re not getting enough sleep:
Poor skin health
It turns out there really is such thing as beauty sleep. Studies have shown that poor sleep can affect skin elasticity, irregular skin pigmentation, and your skin won’t heal as quickly from sun damage. The stress your body feels from lack of sleep will start to show up on your skin.
Hungry all the time
Feel a constant pang of hunger throughout your work day? It might be your lack of sleep that’s the cause. It also makes you crave high-carbohydrate, high-fat foods.
You put your keys somewhere before you went to bed. Now it’s morning, you’re running late, and you just can’t remember where you might have placed them! Lack of sleep has an affect on our short-term and long-term memory.
Managing time and projects is difficult
When you’re sleep deprived, you have a harder time managing projects efficiently as well as your time. The purpose of sleep is to help repair your Central Nervous System (or in other words, your brain), and when it doesn’t have enough time to repair itself, you end up feeling sluggish and have difficulty concentrating on tasks.
Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep makes me cranky for most of the day ahead. When you’re sleep deprived, you tend to be easily aggravated and have mood swings.
With all the ways sleep deprivation can really ruin our day (or week), it’s worth it to try our best to get the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep. If you have trouble getting the recommended amount of sleep, try a chamomile tea before bed, relaxing melodies, or taking a hot bath!
This post is contributed by Samantha Thayer, Online Outreach and Education Specialist from What’s Up, USANA?. For more information on health, feel free to visit their blog or find them on Twitter @USANAInc.