How Do You Know If You Are Getting Enough Sleep?

Sleep is important for much more than just feeling wide awake and having energy. Most adults average about 6 hours of sleep per night, which is below the 7-9 hours recommended by sleep experts.

Why do we need sleep? We need sleep for maintaining balance in our immune system, mood, metabolism, brain function including memory and reaction time. All this information is fascinating but what does that really look like?? When do you need to be worried about if you are getting the right amount of sleep? Here's some questions to ask yourself?

  • Do you get sick easily? Is it more difficult for you to recover and get your energy back when you are sick?

  • Do you have a tendency to forget about things you are supposed to do? Do you forget where you put things?

  • Do you notice your mental performance decreased from what it used to be? Do you feeling sleepy when you are driving?

  • Have you noticed recent weight gain without changing anything else in your lifestyle routine?

  • Have you noticed it's more difficult to lose weight than in the past?

  • Have you felt more down, depressed, anxious, angry, or frustrated than in the past?

  • Do you feel awake and alert when it's time to get up?

  • Do you have to sleep in on the weekends to "catch up" on sleep?

Answering yes to more than a few of these questions could indicate that you aren't getting enough sleep.

In future posts I'll be addressing the following:

When to suspect you might have a sleep issue?

Are there long term consequences to lack of sleep on a regular basis?

What can you do about your lack of sleep?

Can the negative effects of lack of sleep be reversed?