Does your body feel heavy? Are your eyes starting to blur everything together? If you answered yes to either of those two questions ... then you are probably not getting enough sleep! Learn about the signs of sleep deprivation.
You're driving home from running errands, and all the other cars on the road seem to be blurring into strands of colors, rather than looking like the distinctive vehicles you know they should be.
Your muscles feel tired all the time, and it's getting worse every day. No matter how much protein you eat or how much you try to limit your physical exertion, your body still feels physically heavy.
You wake up feeling unrefreshed, like you only just went to bed a few measly hours ago. The sun seems premature. You know the day is here, on time, but you're not ready to greet it.
You can't remember the last time you had to drink this much coffee to feel alive, like a normally functioning human being. When's the last time you had to brew a second pot? Not since you were in college.
You find yourself snapping at people you love. You feel as if your comments are coming out the wrong way, but you can't stop them before they do and have trouble communicating with the finesse you used to.
When you lay your head down at night, you fall asleep within seconds of your head touching the pillow. If you're out within two minutes, you're probably sleep deprived.
You find yourself wondering if you have narcolepsy or if these naps you're taking during the day are normal for a woman who just gave birth. (Don't worry -- they are!)
You have no appetite some days, and others you can't seem to stop eating. A wacky eating schedule can result from too little sleep. Your body craves sugar for quick energy, but sometimes cooking and eating seem like too-big tasks.
You feel down in the dumps, not because of postpartum depression, but because you can't get to all your chores. Time seems to slip through your fingers, and you can't remember the last time you went to bed without leaving something undone.
When you finally get a bit of personal time, all you want to do is sleep. By the time you're craving sleep, you're already sleep deprived.
Simple tasks, like folding the laundry or preparing dinner, take a lot more time than they used to and seem more like chores than the once stress-relieving and sometimes fun activities you used to enjoy.
You have to write things down in order to remember them. Not only grocery lists, but also daily to-do lists, people-to-call lists and things-to-do-for-myself lists. When things get too hard to remember, you might need more restorative sleep.
You never used to fight with your husband, but now your relationship feels stressed, at the very least. You're unable to tell him how exhausted you feel, or you have told him and he just doesn’t understand what you mean.
Your heart rate is up. Lack of sleep for an extended period of time can impact your body's internal health, raising your blood pressure as your heart tries extra hard to make sure you can perform the day's tasks.
Oops. Something spilled in the kitchen, making a big mess. Or you zoned out chopping vegetables and now wear a flashy cartoon-character bandage. Or you forgot your glasses were right beside you and sat on them. Sleep-deprived people usually cause more accidents than their well-rested peers.