Everyone can recognize the telltale signs that they didn’t get an adequate amount of sleep the night before: exhaustion, grumpiness, and a need for that second pot of coffee before 9 a.m. However, many don’t realize that over time, a buildup of those sleepless nights can form a sleep debt and have more serious ramifications.
After several nights of inadequate rest, studies show that humans’ memory, health, rational thinking, and even ability to lose weight can be compromised. Alarming, right? Especially considering that according to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, highlighted by HealthCommunities.com, about 30 to 40 percent of adults say they have suffered symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and about 10 to 15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia.
And the effects of excessive sleepiness don’t only disturb those who try to sleep and can’t — it also affects those who could sleep, but just don’t. Many people have a hard time shutting that computer at night and going to bed at a reasonable hour, and others can’t resist plugging away at work for just a little longer. You might think you’ll be fine in the morning as long as you have a couple of mugs of coffee, but you could be harming yourself and your productivity more than you realize.
Here are seven signs you’re more sleep-deprived than you think. Hopefully, they’re eye-opening enough to convince you to get some shuteye.