How To Tell If You’re Just Tired Or Sleep-Deprived?

Just recently, a new research showed that you can gain weight by staying up late for four days. But the problem is way deeper than just gaining a few pounds. You could be sleep-deprived, which is way more dangerous!

It can weaken your body’s immune system, slows down your reaction time and even jeopardizes your safety when you microsleep.

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The question is, how do you know if you’re more than just tired or a little fatigue? Here are three ways for you to identify whether you’re sleep deprived or just sleepy.

1. You have micro-sleeps 

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Micro-sleep refers to periods of sleep that last from a few to several seconds. This can cause you to doze off in the middle of a task without you realising it. Imagine experiencing an episode while driving!

2. You’re weirdly alert 

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Remember the time when your brain just won’t rest even when you’ve stayed up the entire night? That you feel like you’ve just downed 10 cups of coffee? Rose MacDowell, sleep expert and chief research officer at Sleepopolis, tells Bustle, “Sleep deprivation can result in a feeling of manic energy instead of sleepiness.”

Not getting enough sleep activates stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which leaves you all jittery and alert.

3. Always getting into “accidents”

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Have you been dropping things all the time or tripping over your own feet, your clumsiness could be a sign of sleep deprivation. This is when you need to get real with your sleeping schedule and get those seven hours of good sleep!