7 Red Flags That You May Not Be Getting Enough Sleep

so I wanted to talk about the topic of sleep and certain things that may indicate that you’re not getting enough sleep, and there’s a lot of people out there who think they’re getting enough sleep but in reality, they’re not really getting enough sleep or the quality of sleep. so here are some other factors that may indicate that you need better sleep or longer sleep.

Number one losing your creativity, so at one time maybe you had this incredible imagination and creativity and now you just lost it you just don’t have that so that would be one factor.

 Number two you’re losing your ability to focus and follow through your attention is kind of stuck over here, over here, you’re excessively thinking all the time so your focus is not long-lasting okay, this is gonna affect your ability to get things done, despite thinking a lot okay which is completely non-productive sometimes.

 Number three you’re losing that sharpness in problem-solving and learning now you might have all these problems in your mind constantly, but you’re having a hard time completing problems, learning about problems and this is also related with creativity and imagination because you need creativity when you solve problems to come up with bright ideas, so they are related so when you’re tired because you haven’t slept your ability to solve problems goes down despite the excessive thinking about the problems going on in your mind 24/7 while you’re trying to sleep.

 Number four afternoon tiredness so let’s say it’s three o’clock, four o’clock and you’re just ready for a nap okay, now some people say that if you sleep poorly you can’t make it up with a nap, I disagree, I believe that you can make it up if you take a nap or multiple naps if you’re not sleeping at night, because I’ve talked with hundreds of people who’ve done that and they actually do very well .

Next one increases appetite, sometimes when people are tired they tend to eat to get energy okay, so and it is true that when you’re tired your insulin does go up and your blood Sugar’s go down and you are more hungry, this is why a lack of sleep can increase even your risk for becoming a diabetic, because it worsens insulin resistance, so that’s is why people maybe might snack more than they should because they’re tired .

All right next one is anxiety, this is because when you don’t sleep you have a spike in cortisol is an adrenal stress hormone and when cortisol increases too much you get the sensation of anxiety, nervous, can’t relax, kind of fearful, sometimes even panic attacks, okay this could be related to a lack of sleep when you’re really well rested normally you don’t have anxiety and by the way the B vitamins really help in this especially if you’re taking a nutritional yeast .

Number seven depressed it’s very difficult to be depressed if you have lots of energy and you slept well but when you’re tired it’s very easy to get depressed and sometimes that depression is not even depression, it’s physical tiredness and exhaustion, so you want to differentiate am I depressed or am I just tired maybe you just need to sleep, poor sleep also can’t like I said before increased your risk of getting pre-diabetes, I mean did you realize this connection, there’s an interesting study of people getting four hours of sleep for six days in a row and becoming a pre-diabetic, now it’s only temporary. but the point is that lack of sleep really destroys your blood Sugar, so if you’re trying to get into ketosis make sure your sleeping is a really important point. also, your sleep affects your immune system people that don’t sleep tend to get sick more often, like I said it increases cortisol so it’s going to increase stress cortisol also breaks down muscle protein and turns that into sugar this is called gluconeogenesis. so it speeds up that process this is why people have too much stress or too much cortisol or even from taking too much prednisone, one of the side effects which is a synthetic type of cortisol the side effects are belly fat so too much cortisol can weight gain just from lack of sleep. Interesting ! and by the way you burn most of the fat while you’re sleeping, if you’re sleeping, also a poor sleep can increase the risk of heart problems especially if you’re exercising too intensely okay, so if you’re doing a marathon or you doing something CrossFit and you’re not sleeping very bad idea for the heart it can increase your risk of getting a heart attack. so the days that you don’t sleep do the long walks, go light don’t do the hard core exercise, I would only do the intense exercise if you had a good night’s sleep, and lastly, poor sleep can lower your IQ and that can affect your ability to problem-solve big time.

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