Did you know that roughly 30%-50% of people in the United States suffers from some form of insomnia or sleep deprivation? It’s true; and not only that, but many of those people aren’t even aware they have a sleeping disorder. The sleep deprivation symptoms can be so mild and barely noticeable that an individual may not even realize there is a problem. Most people only become aware of their sleeping disorder when the problem turns into full-on, chronic insomnia.
If you don’t want to develop chronic insomnia (long term), then you need to discover whether or not you are suffering from a lower form of insomnia; be it transient or short-term. Luckily for you, there happens to be a list of common sleep deprivation symptoms below — Read them over and see if you have any of the symptoms. If you do, you can then take the necessary steps to rectify the problem and reclaim normal, peaceful sleep.
Poor Concentration & Focus: Your brain is operating at lower than normal power because you aren’t getting enough rest. This means you aren’t quite as in-tune with whatever it is you are doing. Whether it be personal or work related, you just aren’t “there” — Your body may be present, but your mind is long gone.
Irritable: People and things will annoy you like crazy. It could be one person in particular or it could just be everything & everyone around you. Whatever the case may be, you’re not a very pleasant person to be around.
Very Poor Memory: You’re brain is functional, allowing you to walk, talk, and breath — but beyond that, it can’t do much else. This means memory won’t be your strong suit. You may recall past events, but nothing specific will come to you.
Exhaustion: Not much to say about this sleep deprivation symptom except that it’s more than just the usual “tired”. This will be a constant, unyielding tiredness that doesn’t leave you.
Reaction Time: Sleep deprivation has a huge effect when it comes to your reaction time. With that said, don’t expect to have the same reflexes and thinking skills you had when you were fully rested. This symptom may not be dangerous at home, but it can be extremely dangerous when on the road or at the work place.
These are merely a few of the sleep deprivation symptoms you might be experiencing. Admittedly, you might not come upon them all, as the symptoms you face really depend on your particular case of insomnia. However, if you are experiencing just one of the above sleep deprivation symptoms for more than a week, there is a pretty strong chance you’re suffering from some form of insomnia or sleep deprivation.