Most of us realize the importance of getting enough sleep but in a society that is always on, the temptation to forego it can be strong. Sleep is an essential driver of every psychological system in the human body, and when we deprive ourselves of the well-deserved shuteye, our overall health and well-being can be compromised. Let’s look at 4 signs that indicate it is time to start hitting the bed a little earlier.
1. You Use an Alarm Clock When we get enough sleep, we will naturally wake up at about the same time every day once our body has completed its restorative tasks. If you keep a systematic schedule and avoid substances that alter the natural cycle of sleep and wakefulness, you shouldn’t need to be tugged forcefully out of your slumber in the morning. Waking up to a rattling alarm is a bad, stress inducing way to start the day. A quiet, natural and fresh awakening is more pleasant to greet the dawn.
2. You Are Always Hungry When your brain fails to energize itself from sleep, it often turns to food. Lack of rest can increase the production of gherlin, a hormone that makes your body crave sugary and fatty foods. Poor sleep can also mess with the satiety hormone, known as leptin. So, if you find yourself snacking on unhealthy foods or just feel hungrier in general, it is an indication that you need to start getting more rest.
3. You Are Moody Being depressed, moody, or irritable is a sign of getting less sleep. Depression and anxiety are usually linked to insomnia, but even if you are not an insomniac, your emotional health will still be impacted.
4. You Have Trouble Remembering Things Sleeping aids our brains in processing information that we learn during the day. It also offers our brain a chance to organize and refresh itself. In absence of that processing and refreshment time, our performance the next day will be lacking.
As an adult, you should be getting 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep daily, and avoid pre-bedtime use of phones and screens, which will help your body prepare for the deep slumber.