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Mon, January 27, 2014

Signs You Need More Sleep


If eight hours of sleep a night is nothing more than a dream,  you may be sufferng from a sleep deficit.
Five signs you need more sleep, according to Prevention magazine:
1.  Simple decisions stump you.
You have trouble making the simplest decisions - such as what to make for dinner or which TV show to watch.
2.  You're still hungry after eating all day.
When  you don't get enough sleep, your body physicaly rebels.  Blood sugar levels can be disrupted, which also causes a disruption in  two appetite-controlling hormones:  leptin, a hormone that curbs  your appetite is decreaed, while ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates  your appetite, is increased.  Your body is seeking a quick pick-me-up so you will crave foods made of simpe carbohydrates and sugars.
3.  You keep coming down with colds.
People who are not sleeping enough are more vulnerable to infections and have a weaker immune system than those who are well rested.
4.  Weird things make  you cry.
If a song on  your iPod or a TV commercial can bring you to tears, it's probably not PMS.  Too little sleep can leave  you emotionally volatile and unable to temper your emotions.
5.  You've become a klutz.
Drop things?  Trip much?  There is scientific evidence that those who are sleep deprived have slower and less precise motor skills, because beng sleepy throws off your balance and depth perception.


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