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5 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in our mental and physical health. Experts suggest that we take at least 7 or 8 hours of night sleep to stay healthy and keep our body and mind satisfied. But, why do we need sleep anyway? 

Sleep is a necessary function that allows our body and mind to recharge, leaving you refreshed and alert when you weak up. Moreover, a healthy sleeping schedule, helps the body remain healthy and stave off diseases. Additionally, enough sleep helps the brain function properly throughout the day.

So, here are the 5 signs that show you may not be sleeping enough time at night:

1. Your skin health is declining.
When you're not getting enough sleep, your skin will start showing it. Multiple studies found a link between acne and the lack of sleep. Sleep control many hormones in your body, some of which are related to breakouts. Sleep deprivation also kills the immune system, leaving your body vulnerable to many issues.

2. Your eyes look worse
Another good sign of a lack of sleep is redness, puffiness, bags and dark circles on your eyes. The sleep-deprived are more likely to get wrinkles, lines, swelling and droopiness. That's probably because your body misses out on the hormone control and tissue repair that usually happens in deep sleep stages.

3. Your mood changes.
Getting easily irritated is a BIG sign of lack of sleep. Studies showed that getting 6 hours or less per night will result in more anger, stress, and mental exhaustion. Poor sleep also affects decision making which makes it hard for you to make a decision when you're sleepy.

4. Focus and memory feel dim.
Losing just 2 hours of sleep off your regular 8 hour sleep time will probably make you groggy and affect concentration and memory. This will most likely make you less productive at school or work, or even worse, behind the wheel of your car. More than one third of people admit dozing off while driving.

5. Mornings feel bad.
Waking up with a random issue every other day, a sore throat, dry mouth, regular headaches, could be a red flag of your lack of good sleep. If you keep seeing these symptoms even after you start sleeping more hours, talk to your doctor. There might be something more than a lack of sleep going on.

So, What should you do?

If you have at least one of the above symptoms, you probably aren't getting enough sleep. You should follow these quick, life saving steps:

1. Keep your room cool, clean, quiet and dark.

2. Put your mobile devices at least 2 meters away from you, 

3. Exercise regularly, take a walk to your work if possible and try home exercises that can make you tired therefore making it easier for you to fall asleep when you go to bed.

4. Stick to a sleeping schedule. Which means going to bed and waking up about the same time every day.

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