It’s really important to get the right amount of sleep each night to maintain good health and wellbeing. Lack of sleep effects your mood, ability to focus, and access to higher-level brain functions. Ensuring you have the right mattress is essential to a good nights sleep.
Here are few signs that indicate you might not be getting enough sleep:
- Mood - Being irritable, moody, or depressed is a sign you’re having sleep trouble. Anxiety and depression are often linked to insomnia, but even if you don’t have trouble falling asleep, your emotional health is still affected by sleep deprivation.
- Unproductive - Sleep deprivation can affect our motivation and productivity levels more than they should. If you’ve ever gotten out of bed thinking you can’t wait for the day to be over so you can get back in it, chances are you’re not getting enough sleep.
- Weight gain - A lack of sleep can lead to increased appetite, leading you to snack unhealthily. If you sleep less than 6 hours, the hormone leptin is reduced, which helps to suppress your appetite. There is also a higher chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Napping - You don’t have to be falling asleep at your desk at work to suffer from mild sleepiness during the day. If you find yourself yawning every half hour or needing coffee after coffee to get through the day, you need to be getting more sleep at night.
- Forgetful - Sleeping helps our brains process information learned throughout the day. It also gives our brain a chance to refresh and organize itself. Without that time to process information and refresh, performance the next day will be lacking.
- Stressing - If small daily frustrations push you over the edge when they would normally be something to brush off, then this may be another sign of sleep deprivation. A healthy sleep schedule is important for managing stress and remaining level-headed.
Quality over Quantity
You must remember the quantity of sleep a person gets does not have much meaning if they are not receiving quality sleep. Be sure to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, as your body has an internal clock and likes consistency. Have a comfortable surface to sleep on. You spend about 1/3 of your life in bed; you deserve a deluxe mattress to sleep on.
Also keep the room dark, as the light encourages the body to produce serotonin which supports wakefulness. Keep your room cool, research has shown that people sleep better when the room temperature is cool.