Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? You May Have Sleep Deprivation
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- Consistently sleep less than the recommended amount for your age. Everyone has occasional nights where they don’t get their recommended dose of sleep, but the problem occurs when lack of sleep becomes habit.
- Are constantly hungry. Running on little sleep increases the production of ghrelin, the hunger-inducing hormone, which also leads to more eating, putting you at a greater risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
- Have difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions. Sleep affects higher-level brain functions, making daily tasks more difficult. This can show in work efficiency, driving, school work and answering questions.
- Are more emotional than usual. Sleep deprivation leads to worsened moods and a lower ability to regulate those moods.
- Get sick often. Sleep is crucial for immune system functions.
- Are having skin problems. While you’re sleeping, your body produces collagen, which contributes to healthy skin. If you aren’t sleeping enough, collagen production decreases, which can cause acne.