According to a recent study, one in five adults are regularly sleep-deprived. Even partial sleep deprivation can affect our mood, and impacts our cognitive skills. These findings are shown to be more relevant when faced with a heavy workload.
Not only can sleep deprivation cause weight gain and a very grumpy you, but it can actually trick your brain into snacking a whole lot more too. Here’s some tell-tale signs you need more shut-eye.
1.You crave sugar
Your body is low on energy from lack of proper rest, so it tells you to reach for sugar for a pick-me-up. It’s a trick – when you indulge, your blood sugar rises and you feel great for 30 minutes, but when your blood sugar then rapidly drops, you’re left feeling more lethargic than before.
The solution: Healthy fats
Try snacking on something high in healthy fat. Think nuts or avocado for sustained slow energy release or opt for these delicious fructose-free treats made with coconut oil to kick those sugar cravings to the curb.
2. You’re grumpy
After tossing and turning all night, it’s no surprise your temper is frayed. Studies show that couples have more arguments after a sleepless night too – it’s not just your colleagues the have to deal with your grouchy ass.
The solution: get a good mattress.
Firm and supportive will be good.
3. YOUR BRAIN IS RACING
You do all the right things – have a cup of tea, a bath, lavender oil and more, but your brain just doesn’t understand it’s time to switch off. Why doesn’t it understand?! If I go to sleep now…i’ll get just 5 hours sleep… if I go to sleep now, it will be 4 hours…
The solution: power down.
Turn off electronics 1 hour before bed. The light emitted can impact your brain activity – causing you to feel stimulated rather than sleepy. Sorry guys…that includes your smartphones.