Almost all of us would have been guilty of burning the midnight oil. And while we like to claim that we don’t get sleepy or tired, our actions and our bodies say otherwise. It’s not just about having droopy eyelids or the incessant yawning; our bodies have plenty of ways of telling us we’re way overdue on sleep!
1. You use many clichés
Clichés are classic, but when you use too many of them, it’s a sign that you are tired. They act as verbal helplines that we rely on, especially when we lack the mental acuity to speak more creatively. Fatigued individuals tend to also slur their words and have trouble forming new sentences.
2. You fall sick easily
Lack of sleep can impair our immune systems. As a result, our bodies are less capable of warding away bacteria and viruses, so we fall ill. Furthermore, studies comparing people who slept less than 5 hours and people who slept less than 6 hours, showed that the former was 4 times more likely to catch a cold.
3. You snack more than usual
Leptin is a hormone that increases your satiety while ghrelin is a hormone that makes you feel hungry. A lack of sleep will lead to lower leptin levels and higher ghrelin levels, making you eat more than you need to and leading to weight-gain. Thus, if you want to manage your weight well, having sufficient sleep is important.
4. Your sex drive is lacking
Intimacy is an important part of any relationship. However, if you find that you aren’t very sexually attracted to your partner in recent days or weeks, you may want to take a look at your sleep schedule. After all, not having any desire to be intimate when one is dog-tired makes a lot of sense.
5. You have sudden acne
While unclean skin can lead to acne, a lack of sleep can also cause you to break out. Sleep deprivation and high stress levels can increase cortisol levels and reduce the elasticity and hydration of your skin. Ultimately, these factors can lead to acne issues. If having smooth skin and a clear complexion is a priority, be sure to sleep well.
Lack of sleep is a very real problem, as there have been statistics showing that people now in general are getting fewer hours of sleep than ever before. This could be due to a multitude of factors such as work commitments, lifestyle habits or poor health. As much as possible, aim to get between 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted rest. Sleep is most definitely NOT for the weak!