Sleep patterns are different for everybody. While the textbook says that you should get a good solid eight hours of sleep, it’s hard to find anyone who actually gets that amount of rest. As long as you’re not falling asleep at work or in class, you’re good, right? Not so, according to the Huffington Post. Even if you think that you sleep pretty well, you might be missing signs that you’re not getting the rest you need.
Falling asleep instantly is actually one of the most common signs that you’re not getting enough sleep. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that falling asleep within five minutes of lying down might even be an indicator that you have severe sleep deprivation or a sleep disorder.
2. Low Impulse Control
When you have low impulse control, especially when it comes to bigger things like purchase items, you’re not getting enough sleep. The reason is that when you sleep less, it affects the prefrontal cortex the area of your brain that’s in charge of judgement and impulse control. When you don’t get enough sleep, the prefrontal cortex is affected so much that you will find yourself making bad decisions left and right.
3. Forgetting Things
Everyone’s a little forgetful sometimes. But if you find yourself constantly forgetting tiny, somewhat insignificant little things, you may need more sleep. The prefrontal cortex also controls visual association and attention. When you’re sleep deprived, you have a harder time actually forming memories, or putting them into context.
4. Starving (All The Time)
During sleep, our body creates and conserves energy to get us through the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, you don’t have as much energy to get through the day. So your body tries to get that energy through other sources food. The result is that we constantly feel hungry.
5. Zoning Out
If you find yourself constantly zoning out or having a hard time concentrating on things, you probably need more sleep. Sleep affects your mental processes and slows them down, making it at least ten times harder to focus on any one thing for an extended amount of time.A similar sign? Clumsiness, for much of the same reasons.
It might seem harmless at the time, but passing out randomly messes your sleep schedule up even more. But if you find yourself passing out for a nap at any given moment, you’re past the point of secret signs and need to go to bed early tonight.