Sleep is vital to health. There are plenty of signs you're not sleeping well. It is time to pay more attention to how you're feeling, especially when you're continuously exhausted, Caroline Burke writes on Elite Daily.
On average, most adults need 8 hours of sleep — any less than that, and you're most likely sleep-deprived. When you're sleep-deprived, your body begins to shut down in ways that affect your life.
Here are indicators that may mean you're not sleeping as well as you should be.
Emotional health and sleep are interconnected. Many times if you're cranky it is due to the fact that you are warn out. If you make a habit of depriving yourself of sleep all the time you are going to be moody. According to Statistics from Harvard Medical School, short-term, partial sleep loss can negatively affect mood, outlook, and the quality of our most important relationships. Lack of sleep makes us more aware of the pressures of every day life. If you are not able to clock in more hours of sleep, instead incorporate relaxing strategies like meditation or yoga.
You're Not Looking Your Best
Even the smallest amounts of sleep deprivation affect your overall appearance. Your skin becomes imbalanced, which leads to a dehydrated complex, redness, breakouts, and dark circles. Getting enough sleep keeps everything operating how it should and will help reduce the darkness under your eyes.
You Need Caffeine To Get Through The Day
Today, one of the most widely held addictions is to coffee. Mier Kryger, MD, a physician and professor at the Yale School of Medicine, claims that one of poor sleep's biggest signs is when a patient mentions an all-day coffee habit. Many people who rely on caffeine throughout the day actually have a sleep disorder. According to Robert Rosenberg, DO, a sleep medicine specialist and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center in Arizona, relying on coffee to stay awake may be a really bad sign.
You're Sleeping Way, Way On Your Day Off
You wake up early throughout the week to make it to work, so when the weekend rolls around, it's normal to want to stay in bed, right? Not really. "If you can sleep for 11, 12, or 13 hours when you don't have to set your alarm for the next morning, there's a good chance your body is making up for a sleep debt," Rosenberg says. You are sleeping in because your body probably isn't getting what it needs during the week.