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Sleep deprivation is a huge problem in Lagos. An average Lagosian wakes up as early as 5 am to beat the traffic and leave work at 5 pm spending hours before they arrive home. This is their daily routine which prevents them from sleeping. They may be experiencing sleep deprivation without knowing. To avoid long-term health issues and improve your day-to-day life, here’s how to identify seven sneaky signs of sleep deprivation.

You’re moody

Partial sleep loss can negatively affect mood, outlook, and the quality of your most important relationships. If you’re sleep-deprived, you’re more vulnerable to crankiness, irritability, and challenges coping with stress. Sleep deprivation and stress can also create a nasty cycle: anxiety makes it harder to fall asleep, and then lack of sleep makes you more sensitive to the pressures of everyday life.

Your productivity and performance are declining

Chronic sleep deprivation can negatively affect your abilities to reason, focus, and even find the right words to describe simple things, creating a cumulative, monumental effect in the workplace. For some, they believe that it’s absolutely essential to stay up late finishing up work projects or preparing for presentations. But, it turns out, stopping work in time to wind down and get a good night’s sleep is generally the best way to improve productivity and performance overall.

Insatiable appetite and weight gain

People who sleep fewer than six hours of sleep every night are more likely to be overweight. When you’re overtired, you tend to reach for more snacks more often and give in to cravings for instant gratification, cravings you might otherwise be able to tamp down.

Your skin is suffering

Red, puffy eyes, dark undereye circles, and turned-down corners of the mouth are some of the side-effects of a sleep-deprived person. With this, people can usually tell if you’ve had a rough night. Even small amounts of sleep deprivation affect your appearance. Sufficient, good-quality sleep should be a pillar of any skincare routine.

Your judgment is faltering

Making good decisions depend heavily on the brain’s capacity to process emotions. But when you are sleep deprived, the region of the brain involved with emotional processing, basically goes to sleep.

You get drowsy during the day

This is one sign of sleep deprivation that might seem fairly obvious—but feeling exhausted during the daytime hours is a big red flag that you aren’t clocking enough sleep at night. And the symptoms can be subtler than yawning every five minutes.

By: Damilola Faustino

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