Few things impact your day-to-day health and well-being quite as quickly as a lack of sleep. Your skin, your muscles, your energy, your mood, all of them depend on the rest you get each night to rejuvenate, refresh, and stay healthy. When you’re not getting enough sleep, it shows up quite quickly in all these places, leaving signs plain for anyone paying attention:
1. You’re tired all the time.
The simplest symptom, the most obvious symptom, the most overlooked symptom. If you’re always tired, always catching naps, never energetic…then the most likely culprit is a lack of sleep, before anything else. You may think you’re sleeping enough! But perhaps you’re waking up constantly, laying there awake more than you realize, or simply not giving yourself enough time to rest each night.
Whatever the case, not getting enough sleep will leave you tired all the time. But if that’s not enough to set off alarms, look for these other signs…
2. You’re short-tempered, or otherwise moody.
Maybe you’re the type that doesn’t feel tired or sickly or weak when you’re short on sleep…but how’s your mood? If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, you’re going to eventually push yourself into a ‘survival mode’ where the wrong chemicals start flowing and fight-or-flight becomes far more appealing as a solution in life. That means a short temper…or depression, anxiety, and a wealth of other mood problems. Continue Reading