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Are you suffering from sleep deprivation?

How do you know if you are suffering from sleep deprivation? We’ve all felt tired before, but it’s important for us to understand the difference between just feeling fatigued and the symptoms of actual sleep deprivation.

There are some tell-tale signs that you’ve been without quality sleep for too long and it also must be remembered that this doesn’t need to be weeks on end. These symptoms aren’t necessarily anything to worry about. However it is essential that you recognise whether you’re suffering from sleep deprivation.

The first is difficulty waking and then leaving bed after sleeping. Do you rely on an alarm clock to wake you and are you guilty of hitting the snooze button? If so, it may be that your body is crashing when it gets a chance to rest, which is an indication of unhealthy sleeping habits. Difficulty getting out of bed can also be an indicator of mental health problems. Consider whether you’re struggling to get up because of anxieties and worry or because of tiredness.

A classic symptom of sleep loss is low mood. If you’re feeling unusually grumpy or easily irritable, this could be down to underlying issues with the quality, if not lack, of your sleep. Other psychological symptoms include difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering details or finding it harder than usual to make decisions. These can all be easily solved with better quality sleep.

Your cognitive ability suffers without a high calibre of sleep and resting your mind and letting it properly settle will help restore it.

You may experience a change in appetite (this could be an increase or decrease), weight gain (you may or may not believe this is linked to a change in eating habits), or higher susceptibility to minor colds and infections. These are all due to a dip in your immune system and a tweak in your mental health as your mind cannot undergo the processes it normally would during sleep. These symptoms can be a little trickier to cure, but will ease with good quality sleep.

If you do notice that you are suffering, or beginning to suffer, from any of these symptoms, note them down. Keeping a journal of any symptoms alongside notes on your sleeping habits keeps a record of how your body and mind interacts with your quality and quantity of sleep.

It may be that the individual suffering from these symptoms isn’t you. This can make for an awkward conversation, but if you’re sure to present the person with practical solutions and tips to help try and achieve a better night’s sleep, your help is bound to be appreciated – after all, anything worth a shot, right?

We can help advise you on routines, tips and equipment to suit your body, mind and spirit and your sleeping habits. Get in touch and start your journey to a happier, healthier life!

How do you know if you suffer from sleep deprivation?

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