No, it’s not the whole world to sleep too little now and then. It’s completely normal and something we all do. On the other hand, sleeping too little for longer periods is not good at all as it can result in a series of unpleasant things… Here we list seven signs that you are sleeping way too little!
1. Your mood is up and down
When you suffer from a lack of sleep, the body responds by becoming more sluggish and the bud by becoming more sensitive. Do you sometimes feel like you overreact to everyday things? It could be because you need more sleep…
2. Your complexion is bad
During the night, the skin needs time to repair damaged cells. Lack of sleep can also negatively affect the hormonal balance and collagen production. Something that can both cause acne and wrinkles.
3. You are hungrier than usual
The body needs the night’s rest to recharge with new energy. If you miss it, the body instead tries to extract energy from food, which results in an increase in the production of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin. It can increase your sweet tooth!
4. You notice that you put on weight more easily
If you sleep too little for a long time, the body does not get a chance to recover. This, in turn, can lead to disturbances in the levels of the satiety hormone leptin. You therefore feel hungrier, which increases the risk of overeating. Metabolism can also be disturbed and affect weight.
5. You feel like “in a bubble”
Too little sleep can negatively affect the brain’s cognitive processes, i.e. our “thinking”. The ability to react deteriorates and it takes longer to solve a task. You forget things and feel like you’re in a bubble.
6. You are often sick
Poor sleep over a longer period of time weakens the immune system and makes us more susceptible to infections. In the long term, it can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cause depression, studies show.
7. You forget things – all the time
Forgetting things too often has become part of your everyday life, but that doesn’t make things any better. It can also have really boring consequences in the long run. “The brain can recover after a night of sleep deprivation, but long-term sleep problems mean we lose brain cells and increase the risk of dementias such as Alzheimer’s.” says Christian Benedict who is a researcher at the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University for the Gothenburg Post.