Be on the Lookout for these Sleep Loss Symptoms
Regrettably, sleeping less than 6 hours or a disturbed sleep where you were awake off and on during the night, has detrimental effects on your body. Therefore, it’s important for you to take recovery action the following day. However, to make that decision, it is useful for you to be able to recognize your sleep loss symptoms.
The Body’s Sleep Loss Symptoms
First and foremost, your body’s signs are listed below.
- First, you may see signs of acne. In fact, sleep loss along with sweat and stress triggers acne.
- Also, you may get a headache
- Or, you may have puffy eyes & dark circles. Indeed, a study of 200 women with puffy eyes & dark circles, reported 40 percent were sleep deprived.
- Next, you may see weight gain. In fact, sleep loss imbalances your hormones causing you to feel hungry. In addition, your body becomes less sensitive to insulin causing your blood sugar to rise.
- Or, everything hurts. Indeed, sleep loss increases inflammation in the body, which in turn increases pain.
- And you may feel like you have a cold
- Lastly, you may feel fatigued
Next, cognitive symptoms include:
- First, you have reduced alertness
- Or, shortened attention span
- Or, reduced awareness of the environment and situation
- Also, you can’t concentrate.
- Or, your decision-making skills are suffering
- Or, you may feel disoriented
- On the other hand, you may act impulsively. Indeed, you need a certain type of energy to make good decisions. And sleep loss drains energy, thereby resulting in poor impulsive decisions.
- And you may show poor judgement
- Also, studies show you may have difficulty reading emotions in other people. As a result, you may not be able to react to threatening situations.
- Next you may suffer from the sleep loss symptom of low motivation
- And poor memory. In fact, procedural memory, used in learning new tasks, is associated with REM sleep. And declarative memory, used to recall an event or fact, is associated with non-REM sleep. As a result, sleep loss that affects REM and non-REM sleep, seriously interferes with your memory.
- Also, you may make a mistake by forgetting to do something
- Or you may do something, but choose the wrong option
- Next, you may fixate yourself on one thought
- Too, you may have difficulty learning new concepts
- Also, you may suffer from blurred vision or vision problems. Moreover, sleep loss can harm your visual working memory. Indeed, this is your brain’s ability to store pieces of visual information while at the same time filter out what you don’t need.
- Regrettably, you may become forgetful
- Or you may display impaired motor skills
- Or you may become clumsy or get butterfingers. In fact, sleep loss makes it hard to keep your fine motor skills in tune.
- Finally, you may show slower than normal reaction time
Next, your food related sleep loss symptoms are listed below.
- First, you may see an increased appetite and carbohydrate cravings
- Second, you may crave for salt, sugar, or junk food
- Finally, you may sip more caffeine
Also, your sleep related symptoms are listed below.
- First, you may sleep through alarms
- Or you may go back to sleep
- Or you may groggy when waking in the morning
- Also, you may, unintentionally, fall asleep
- Or you may show a tendency to doze off when not active for a while; for example, when watching television
- Or you may feel sleepy or groggy all day long
- Regrettably, you may start nodding off while driving. In fact, an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 in crashes involving drowsy driving, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association report. In addition, according to the American Sleep Foundation, about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. And, about 20% admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year.
- Finally, you may be yawning frequently
And, your mood related sleep loss symptoms are listed below.
- First you may be in a depressed mood
- Or, you may suffer from moodiness
- Or, you may be feeling down
- Regrettably, you may become irritable
- Finally, you may display a bad temper
Other Sleep Loss Symptoms
Finally, the other signs of sleep loss.
- First, you may experience a reduced sex drive. In fact, REM sleep helps produce testosterone. So, REM sleep shorted by sleep loss, decreases testosterone levels, which, in turn, reduces your sex drive.
- Or feel stressed
- Also, you may become cranky
- Too, you may suffer from paranoia
- Or, hallucinations
- Finally, your work efficiency suffers.