Sleep serves a very important role in one’s health. It allows the body to replenish and repair itself. Sleep is the time when the body is trying to get rid of toxins and try to reset certain physical and cognitive functions. Not getting sufficient sleep on a regular basis can have a considerable effect on your health. The body will also provide signs when it is not getting enough sleep. Here are some of them.
You often feel hungry.
When your body does not get sufficient it will eventually feel tired. Your body may think that it needs more energy so it produces more ghrelin, known as the hunger hormone. This will cause your body to feel hungry in order to get some fuel to address the tiredness you feel. You begin to crave for sugars and fats. Not only that, insufficient sleep also affects the body’s production of leptin, which is the satiety hormone. This makes it harder for your body to feel full and satisfied no matter how much you eat.
You gain weight.
Since lack of sleep causes you to feel hungry more, you eat and eat to address the hunger. In the process of eating more and more, you gain some weight. What’s worse is that lack of sleep slows down your metabolism making it easy to pack up the pounds.
You have a shorter attention span.
Lack of sleep can also affect your focus and concentration. This can lead to a short attention span that makes you incapable of focusing in doing certain tasks. It can eventually also affect your decision making and the way you process things that you see, hear, feel. Simple decisions are harder to make if you lack sleep, which can cause some common tasks to take longer to finish.