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7 Surprising Signs You Need to Sleep More

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7 Surprising Signs You Need to Sleep More

 

One in three Americans aren’t getting enough sleep — are you one of them? Click through to check out some of the most surprising consequences of sleep deprivation. How many hours do you get each night? Let us know in the comments section.

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1. You’re Feeling Weepy.

Have you ever felt like you might burst into tears at the drop of a hat after you pulled an all-nighter? Researchers at UC-Berkeley have linked sleepless nights to our inability to reason and handle perceived threats. That minor squabble with a friend or sappy movie on TV may not seem so terrible on a day when we’re well-rested.

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2. You Just Can’t Focus.

From plane crashes to oil spills, some of the worst disasters in recent memory have been attributed, at least in part, to fatigue. Similarly, one study has suggested that medical interns on the night shift were two times as likely to misinterpret test results from patients. Sure, most of us don’t have the lives of innocent people in our hands on a daily basis (well, outside of our cars.. more on that later), but sleep deprivation can have serious consequences on our everyday lives. Sleepiness can impact your brain’s ability to focus and stay alert, thus making it more difficult to understand and process new information.

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3. You Always Feel Sick.

Everyone in your family has avoided the cold this winter, but you’ve had the sniffles since Thanksgiving. What gives? Take a look at your sleep habits. If you’re not getting enough shut eye, your immune system is not working as well as it could be, thus making you more susceptible to catching viruses or bacterial infections. And it doesn’t just make you more likely to catch a cold, it can also make it harder for you to recover.

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4. You’re Never Hungry.. Or You’re Always Hungry.

Everyone is different, even when it comes to how sleep deprivation impacts our appetites — and neither of them are healthy. A lack of sleep throws our internal clock , and our hunger hormones, off balance. For some of us, this means that we eat more than we normally would, and for others it means we don’t want to eat at all.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:10PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Thanks

10:35PM PDT on May 19, 2013

Thank You! Good Article!

6:08AM PDT on May 12, 2013

thank you

8:31AM PDT on May 10, 2013

thanks! i am lucky to have a three year old who thoroughly exhausts me every day, so I typically sleep hard :)

11:30AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

I never thought most of these were sometimes caused by lack of sleep...well cue the "more you know" rainbow

6:00AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

I always feel hungry! That’s what I noticed then I realized need more sleep to stop/prevent being hungry like almost all of the time! Another thing I noticed everytime I lack sleep is that I can’t focus on the things I need to do.

5:12PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I use a C-pap machine to keep the air flowing and it makes a difference in how rested I feel.

7:05AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Nothing beats a good nights sleep

10:02AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

The older I get the more I love to get cozy inmy bed and sleep. Exercise helps me sleep well.

6:53PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Thanks for this! I have noticed these things when I really needed sleep and it only gets worse.

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