Michael Rosbash a Nobel Prize winner, studying Circadian rhythms (whatever that is, probably something to do with sleep) states that western civilization is “chronically” sleep deprived. Michael, not only a prize winner but also a revered neuroscientist believes that sleep patterns have been skipped over in recent years as a public health problem. Staying up late and missing sleep for a night on the town, to finish a work project, or even to stay up late and binge watch a season of your favorite T.V. show will only result in fatigue the next day. It’s when you do this night after night then it can become a problem. We have broken down for you 7 signs that might mean you’re sleep deprived.
1 – You’re More Impulsive
Trying to make a decision as simple as saying no to a candy bar at the convenience store, or agreeing to work the late shift next week can become troubling. When you’re tired, your subconscious mind wants to sleep, when a problem arises your conscious mind is being told to make it go away. The candy bar can look very tasty if you’re hungry (mind you you become more hungry to keep your sleep deprived body running), or you can make your co-worker disappear faster just by saying yes.
2 – Your Motor Skills Are Off
Do you think about all the muscles it takes to lift your leg up, or put the key in lock and turn it? No, you just do it and it kind of happens like magic. Tripping over a step or dropping your keys can make you a klutz but do it a few times in a day, that might make you sleep deprived. Doctors say the way your body balances and the muscles it takes to make movements is done subconsciously, when your brain is focused on when you’re gonna lay down on your comfy Dozy mattress rather than walk up a flight of stairs, well you might find yourself sleep deprived.
3 – Your Emotions Are All Over The Place
When you’re sleep deprived you can be increasingly reactive to emotional stimuli. During a break-up you may become more vulnerable, watching a sad movie might just jerk some tears. Even things that may make you you laugh a little bit, could cause you to laugh hysterically. Overall you will be have lesser control over your emotions while your brain tries to figure out why you made yourself stay up to watch that last episode of House of Cards. And when you wake up in the morning much like a night out, you will wonder why you sent that edgy text to your ex.
4 – You Get Sick Often
Of course, how could we forget. Sleep deprivation will run your body down, of course opening the door for illness and sickness. Need we say more?
5 – They Don’t Call it Beauty Sleep for Nothing
Just like #4 not only will your body be run down on the inside, but it will show on the outside. You may be susceptible to a breakout due to the hormone estrogen which balances itself while sleeping. There actually is a reason the call it beauty sleep.
6 – Amnesia?
When asked to remember something or trying to remember something, your accessing your subconscious mind. When you are tired and sleep deprived, your brain does have better things to do. Rather than trying to remember what the differential ratio for conversions v.s. clicks was last quarter your mind is stuck, wondering why you do this to yourself.
7 – You Think You’ve Fallen Asleep at The Wheel!
Ever driven to work in the morning and have a bad case of heavy eyelids? That’s your brain telling you A I want to go to bed and B stop what ever your doing I want to go back to bed. When deprived of sleep even driving a car may become dangerous. if you have to pinch yourself or shake your head to keep yourself from closing your eyes, that is a big sign you should take your sleep a bit more seriously.
After all of this there are a couple ways to either get a better sleep with the allotted time you have given yourself or just to make sleeping more attractive than watching that last episode on Netflix. You can start by, going to sleep on time, yes that’s a big one. A quick note to make sleep more effective if you absolutely cant get to bed on time, is to stop looking at a screen as far in advance as possible, the blue light from your phone tricks your brain into thinking its not time for bed, keeping you from REM sleep for even longer. Making sleep more attractive than Netflix is a tough one, but if you’re in Toronto you could get a new Dozy mattress. Just like everything that’s new you have about 2 weeks after the purchase where you’re totally involved in the culture, getting to bed on time, waking up on time etc. Then it’s like a new years resolution, you will probably forget and go back to the old habits. But hey, for 2 weeks your body will not be deprived of sleep, and for 10 years you will have an awesome Toronto made mattress, that you will have saved money on!