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Signs That You Aren't Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is about more than fighting off your afternoon slump. It is an integral part of your overall well-being that protects you from everything from heart disease to depression. Many trips to the ER have lack of sleep at their core, whether it is the heart attack patient whose lack of sleep put excessive stress on their heart or the car accident victim who fell asleep behind the wheel. Are you putting your health on the line by not getting enough rest? Here are some signs that could mean that you need to find more time in your schedule for sleep.

You have consistent daytime drowsiness.

Everyone has a day in which they feel more tired than normal, but if you consistently feel fatigued during the daytime, you could be suffering from sleep deprivation. Do you find that you yawn frequently or have increased your coffee intake? Do you reach for energy drinks just to make it through work? These could all be signs of daytime drowsiness that indicates sleep loss. This kind of fatigue can be particularly dangerous because it can dull your reaction times when you’re driving or operating machinery.

You are gaining weight.

When you don’t get enough sleep, weight gain usually follows. The hormones that regulate your appetite become imbalanced, leaving you with a surplus supply of the hormone that makes you feel hungry and a deficit of the hormone that alerts you to being full. In addition to having an increased appetite, you may have cravings for high-calorie comfort foods. This kind of weight gain can increase your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

You are forgetful.

Lack of sleep can interfere with your ability to remember important information. Sleep is a very important part of memory, as your brain sorts through information as you rest. Without sleep, your brain doesn’t have time to refresh itself.

Westside Regional Medical Center provides stroke care, cardiac care, and orthopedic care in our emergency room in Plantation, FL, and throughout our hospital. Call (954) 370-5585 for more information about our services or to request a referral to a physician who can help you with your sleep issues.

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