November is sleep month on the Specialist Orthodontic Group blog. Last week we got things started by talking about why getting a quality night’s sleep is so important. This week we’re focusing on how to tell when you’re not getting enough.
For many of us, the idea of getting a solid eight hours of sleep every night seems unattainable. Worryingly, consistently missing out on sleep could raise your chances of suffering from health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.
Not sure if you’re getting the rest you need? Here are seven signs that your body needs more time in bed.
1. Forgetfulness. Do you keep forgetting things? A memory like a sieve could be a sign of not getting enough sleep.
2. Weight gain. If you’ve gained a bit of weight recently, or if you’re struggling to lose some, poor sleep could be the culprit. Sleep deprivation can cause your metabolism to slow down significantly.
3. No filter. Do you often say exactly what you’re thinking without taking the time to think it through? The more tired the brain is, the less inhibited it’s likely to be.
4. Extreme hunger. Feel like you just can’t stop eating? It might be because you’re overtired! If the body isn’t getting all the energy it needs from sleep, it may try to get it from food instead.
5. Struggling at work. Sleep deprivation can make it difficult for our brains to solve problems and make decisions. If you’ve been finding work trickier than usual, this may be wise.
6. Clumsiness, Keep bumping into things? Repeatedly tripping over or dropping things may be a sign that you’re unable to focus properly due to lack of sleep.
7. Tearing up. If you are getting emotional about things that wouldn’t usually affect you, it might be a sign that you need to slow down. Equally, anxiety, sadness or anger can all be signs of sleep deprivation.
There are many reasons why you might not be getting enough sleep. If snoring – either your own or your partner’s – is a problem for you, there is something you can do about it. Get in touch to talk to us about our new anti-snoring device.