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Seven signs you need sleep

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  • Sleep Deprivation
  • poor sleep

American Academy of Sleep Medicine  |  Jan 01, 2013
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Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well-rested during the day. Failing to get enough sleep can have a severe effect on your health and performance.

If you have  noticed any of the following signs, you may need more sleep:

1. You are dependent on an alarm clock
If you are getting enough sleep, you should be able to wake up on time without a morning alarm. Hitting the snooze button a couple times before getting up is a clear sign of sleep deprivation.

2. You are drowsy driving
Falling asleep at the wheel is a sure sign that you are too tired. It’s also dangerous –drowsy driving is a common cause of deadly auto accidents.

3. You rely on caffeine to get through the day
A cup of coffee to start your day is fine, but you should not have to drink caffeine all day to stay awake and alert. 

4. You are making mistakes
When you are tired, focus and concentration can be difficult. You may be easily distracted and less likely to catch and fix errors.

5. You are forgetful
Sleep deprivation hinders short-term memory, which may explain difficulty remembering things.  

6. You are cranky, snippy and irritable
Being tired can have a negative effect on your mood. You are more likely to feel depressed, anxious or frustrated when you have not received enough sleep.

7. You are frequently getting sick
Your immune system is not at full strength without sleep. Your body may have difficulty fighting illness.

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