Sleep disorders and disturbances are common experiences for at least 50-70 million adults in the US, and millions more around the globe. Lack of sleep and low-quality sleep can cause many troubling symptoms, often all happening in your body at once.
Are you struggling to get enough restorative sleep? Check if you have any of the following signs of sleep deprivation.
Your Skin Is Breaking Out
One of the first ways lack of sleep messes with your health is on your skin. In addition to looking haggard, you might see acne and blemishes pop up more than usual. Why? When we don’t get enough restorative sleep, the body is stressed. As a result, the stress hormone cortisol kicks into high gear. Excess cortisol triggers excess oil production in our skin, leading to breakouts. Sleep and all the body’s hormones are closely linked. Keep reading to learn how more hormones could be messing with your health when you don’t get enough good sleep.
You’re Experiencing Weight Gain
Weight gain is another hormone-triggered symptom of sleep deprivation. Two hormones influenced by sleep are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin causes feelings of hunger. Leptin decreases hunger. Lack of quality sleep throws these hormones off balance, often triggering your appetite to turn on more often. If you notice you’re feeling hungrier when you don’t get much sleep, it’s because your body’s hunger signals have likely gone rogue. Along with that increased hunger, the types of foods you crave on low-quality sleep could change significantly.