Sleep deprivation isn’t’ always obvious. Here are a few clues to spot if you may be sleep deprived or try a simple at-home test…
- If you can only wake up on time using an alarm clock, not naturally waking at a usual time. Similarly, if you’re constantly fighting with the snooze button this may also be a sign.
- If it’s always a struggle getting out of bed.
- If you’re napping during the day or falling asleep when relaxing.
- If you’re always lying in on weekends and falling asleep as soon as you hit the pillow.
But what effects does sleep deprivation have?
- Tiredness, lethargy, and lack of motivation as well as irritability and increased moodiness
- Reduction in the ability to solve problems and concentrate
- Unable to deal with stress and lack of immunity (more colds and infections.)
- Reduced creativity, memory problems, and lack of motor skills
- Weight gain
- Difficulty making decisions and increased risk of accidents
- Increased risk of heart problems, diabetes, and other health problems
Why not do an at-home test?
It’s quite simple, according to research if you can fall asleep in a darkened room during the day within 15 minutes then the chances are you are sleep deprived.
To carry it out set up your room ready for sleep, just before closing your eyes set an alarm for 15 minutes, if you haven’t fallen asleep within that time then the chances are you don’t have sleep deprivation. There is also the spoon test by Dr Nathaniel Kleitman from the University of Chicago, who is famously known as the “father of sleep research.”