Getting a good night sleep is important for the overall wellbeing and managing anxiety. But one in four people experience some kind of problems in achieving a proper sleep pattern. Most of the people do not even realize what difference a sound sleep can make in your life. Studies have proved that getting enough sleep or getting too little sleep has incredible effects on health, your mood, and even your weight. People fail to determine whether they are getting enough sleep that is good for their wellbeing or are having insufficient sleep.
Following are the few questions that you can ask yourself in order to determine where you stand on the sleep scale. If you are able to answer ‘no’ for all of the questions, it means that you are sleeping enough. But if you answer at least two questions as ‘yes’, then you need improvement with your sleep patterns.
1. Do you sleep as soon as you place your head on the pillow?
The process of sleep starts when you place your head on the pillow. It is like slowly allowing your body to start relaxing and preparing itself for the sleep mode. This process should take at least 15 to 25 minutes to fall asleep. This tells you that your body is well-rested. But if you fall asleep under five minutes of placing your head on the pillow, it means you are sleep deprived.
2. Do you take time in getting up?
When you are well-rested, you don’t even an alarm to get up. The alarm clock inside your head wakes you up automatically when you sleep enough. But if you hit the snooze button twice for waking up, then it means you need to adjust your sleep patterns.
3. Do you waste weekends sleeping?
Weekends are the time of the week that is most look forward to. It is the time when you can relax and pursue the activities which you fail to during your busy days. But if you wake up at noon on the day off to make up for the lost sleep then you need to adjust your schedule.
4. Do you rely on coffee or tea to stay active?
Caffeinated drinks are surely a good way to keep your body active that is tired if work. But if you are drinking more than two cups a day, it means that your body needs rest not caffeine.
5. Do you crave for heavy food?
The lack of sleep increases your stress hormone cortisol. When cortisol hormone remains high for a longer period of time, the brain triggers a craving to make you eat fatty or heavy food. This results in weight gain which leads to an unhealthy spiral of diseases.
The studies explain that cravings aren’t bad but late-night cravings indicate that you are short on sleep and your body is giving you signs for the shortage an important element in your body through food. You just need to be aware of your body and many good things will start happening to your mind and body.
Via: Business Insider