Stay up a little too late bingeing your favorite show, and you know you’re going to feel tired the next morning. In a perfect world, all you would have to do is go to sleep earlier the next night and you’d be back to your normal peppy self. The problem is, most people don’t live in a perfect world. And what tends to happen is one bad night of sleep gets followed by another and another.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s the situation for the third of Americans who are sleep deprived. Why does that matter? Because it’s associated with a higher risk for health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
The sleep needs of everyone varies slightly, but there are some signs to keep an eye out for that you might be sleep deprived:
You feel drowsy throughout the day
You have trouble thinking clearly or have slow reaction times
You fall asleep very briefly while awake during the day (something known as microsleeps)
You feel irritable or just in a bad mood a lot of the time
You have anxiety
You have problems with relationships
When you lie down at night, you tend to fall asleep within five minutes
So how much sleep do you need? According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need seven to nine hours a night (if you’re older than 65, that range becomes seven to eight hours a night). Just remember: That’s actual sleep—spending an hour in bed at night scrolling through social media feeds doesn’t count!
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