While many people might feel tired now and then, true sleep deprivation is more severe. Here are a few signs you may be sleep-deprived to help you deal with it before it becomes chronic.
- Overeating and/or Weight Gain: Studies show people who get less sleep are less able to stave off unhealthy food cravings. There are even indications that sleep deprivation may increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Forgetfulness: An early indicator that you’re not getting enough rest is that you’re having trouble remembering things you once had no trouble with. Sleep helps strengthen the part of the brain that deals with long-term memories.
- Clumsiness: Everyone feels like a klutz now and then, but if you’re suddenly clumsier than you used to be it could be that sleep deprivation is hampering your motor skills.
- Physical Weakness: Diminished strength that can’t be otherwise explained may be another early symptom of sleep deprivation.
Be sure to speak with your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, but ways to combat sleep deprivation include a strict bedtime and wakeup schedule, no naps during the day, regular exercise, and reducing stress in your life and at work.