Sleep is something everyone does, but only a small fraction of people do it really well. Loss of concentration, mood swings, and being generally sleepy during the day are all telltale signs of a sleep problem. But there are less obvious signs that can also mean you’re sleep deprived. For example, you ate worse than usual. You may be wondering: Why do I crave sweets? Here are five unexpected ways your body might tell you it’s time to sleep, and some suggestions to help you sleep well.
If you crave junk food:
If your cravings for cookies, candy, and chips are more intense than usual, it may be due to a lack of sleep. There are two hunger hormones that make these cravings possible: ghrelin (which increases appetite) and leptin (which decreases appetite). When you don’t get enough sleep, leptin levels go down and ghrelin goes up, signaling to your body that you’re hungry.
Increasing your appetite theoretically means you just want to eat more. So why does the body specifically need what’s bad for it when it’s sleep deprived? Your body is probably looking for a quick fix when it feels deprived. This is why sugary foods and high calorie foods come to mind. Studies have shown a correlation between lack of sleep and the choice of high-calorie foods.
One way to improve the quality of your sleep is to make sure your bedroom is set up for it. This means that you should have blinds that can keep the morning light out. Or that the temperature should be around 21°.
You wake up tired
If you notice that you regularly wake up tired. OR you feel tired at certain times of the day and even coffee can’t solve your problems, you might have bad sleeping habits. Also, falling asleep easily during daily activities like reading, car trips, and watching TV can be a sign of lack of sleep.
Try to set a regular bedtime and limit nighttime exposure to blue lights from electronic devices…
Your sexual appetite is low
If you’re exhausted, you may not be in the mood for sex. A small 2015 study concluded that sleep is essential for “healthy sexual desire.” Another study, which only looked at men, found that testosterone levels dropped by 10 to 15 percent when they slept only five hours a night instead of the recommended seven to nine hours.
To help you get better quality sleep, make sure your bedroom is for sleep and sex only. By avoiding watching television, eating and working in bed. You can train your body to recognize that your bedroom means it’s time to sleep.
You often fall ill
If you are often sick, it may be because you are not getting enough sleep. A lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. Specifically, if you sleep less than five hours, you have a 45.2% chance of catching a cold when exposed to the virus. This figure drops to 17.2% if you sleep more than seven hours.
You don’t just have to make sure you sleep when you feel sick. But also to benefit from quality sleep every night to stay healthy in the face of viruses. Possibly including COVID-19. If you’re afraid to fall asleep or toss and turn often at night, try using a weighted blanket. THIS has been proven to help some people rest better.
Your skin is dull
Many dermatologists agree that sleep can cause wrinkles, dull skin. AND of course puffy eyes and dark circles. Indeed, the skin repairs itself during sleep. If you abbreviate this process, you are doing your complexion a disservice. Have you looked in a mirror recently? Maybe you’re not thrilled with the way your skin looks, think back to how much you sleep.
If you have one or more of these problems, one thing is certain: sleep is extremely important. Be sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night to promote health. Don’t just set a bedtime. Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary. Start with a good mattress (one that’s no more than seven years old) and work your way up to making sure your pillows, blankets, linens, room temperature, and lighting are all set to give you the best and most healthy sleep possible.