6 Signs That You're Not Sleeping

Sleep is one of the fun activities that the body needs. When you are sleep deprived, your body will send a signal before the condition has an impact on your health. You should pay attention to the signs your body is not getting enough sleep. 

Sleep is very important to maintain the condition of the body. After sleep the body will usually re-energize because during sleep, the cortex (the part of the brain that plays a role in storing memories, thoughts, language, etc.) will break away from the senses and enter recovery mode. Adequate sleep can improve the body and mind so that the body can perform its best function. 

The average person needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day. However, often times someone, maybe including you, sacrifices sleep to complete work, task, or just playing on their smartphone to explore the virtual world. In fact, according to a study, lack of sleep can be associated with the occurrence of psychological distress and a greater risk of heart disease / type 2 diabetes.

Here are some signs that you are sleep deprived that you should know about:

1. Easy to forget 

Sleep can not only restore your energy, but also plays a role in the learning process. Lack of sleep can affect cognitive abilities, including in the process of learning, thinking, and solving problems. So sleep deprivation can make difficult for you to study effectively. In addition, lack of sleep can also make it difficult for you to remember something you have learned. 

2. Weight gain 

If you are sleep deprived, your body will tend to produce more of the hormone ghrelin which plays a role in causing hunger and produce less of the hormone leptin which plays a role in causing a feeling of fullness. 

In addition, lack of sleep will keep you feeling tired. When you're tired, you don't pay attention to what you eat or the amount of food you eat. This can increase the risk of gaining weight. 

Lack of sleep not only keeps you hungry, but also makes you want to eat foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. A study shows that people who sleep less than 6 hours per day are more likely to be obese compared to those who sleep more than 6 hours per day. 

3. It's easier to get sick

When you get enough sleep, your immune system produces cytokines, proteins that help protect the body from infection. So, lack of sleep can worsen the immune system which has an impact on the production of these cytokine hormones. As a result, lack of sleep can make it easier for you to get sick. 

A study found that people who slept less than 7 hours per day were three times more likely to develop a cold or flu compared to those who slept more than 8 hours per day. 

4. Stress, emotions, and depression 

A study says that lack of sleep makes it easier for a person to experience stress and emotions become out of control. These uncontrollable emotions will often lead people to act without thinking or do something bad without intending to do it. 

Trouble sleeping is usually the result of depression, while sleep deprivation can also make you more prone to depression. These two things are interrelated. 

5. Skin looks dull or acne-prone 

Adequate sleep can make the skin perform optimal regeneration. So that lack of sleep can have an impact on your skin health, namely:

  • Increases the production of the hormone cortisol. The hormone cortisol in large quantities can break down collagen, a protein that plays a role in maintaining the softness and elasticity of your skin. As a result, your skin will wrinkle more easily and look older. 
  • Reduces the productionof growth hormone which plays a role in the growth process and increases muscle mass, skin thickness, and strengthens bones. 
  • Disrupt hormone balance and increase estorgen levels in the body. This can trigger the growth of acne on the skin. 
  • Makes your eyes look tired and increases the risk of fine lines, skin tightening, and dark circles under your eyes, also known as panda eyes.

6. Disorders of the eye

Without realizing it, your sign of lack of sleep is a disturbance to your eye health. Red eyes, tired eyes, the eyes become more difficult to focus, and potentially double vision are some of the signs that you are deprived.