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Are You Sleep Deprived?

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A new study confirms that the U.S. is one of the more sleep-deprived nations in the world.

I don't know about you, but during the week when the alarm goes off, all I can think about is how good it's going to feel when I climb back into bed at the end of the day. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to get enough sleep.

I know I am not alone in this.

In fact, according to the Sleep Foundation's 2013 International Bedroom Poll, one in five Americans reported sleeping less than six hours on a work night (let's see... I am averaging five and a half to six hours these days).

The poll looked at men and women ages 25 to 55 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Germany and the U.K. Researchers found that Americans and Japanese reported sleeping about 40 minutes less on workdays than people in other countries.

Then there's another small new study in the journal Sleep, from the Stockholm University in Sweden, that focused on what sleep-deprived faces look like. Basically it compared someone who is well-rested, to someone who is not. What does someone who isn't well rested look like? Well, we're talking red, swollen eyes, dark under-eye circles, more wrinkles and droopier eyelids.

For this study, ten people had their picture taken in the afternoon, after eight hours of sleep and then again after going 31 hours with no sleep. The pictures were rated based on fatigue, sadness and facial cues. Not surprising, those who were sleep-deprived depicted more dark under-eye circles, paler skin, and droopy corners of the mouth. Not to mention, the people who were sleep-deprived looked sadder because they looked tired.

To add to all of this, a recent study Estée Lauder commissioned, also showed how sleep deprivation could make your skin by causing you to age faster and lower its ability to recover from sun exposure.

So, how do you know if you're sleep deprived? You pretty much know, don't you? But in case you need a few examples, recently Discovery Health published an article called "10 Signs You May Be Deprived of Sleep" - here's a list: "Mood swings, medical problems, relationship troubles, diminished motor skills, poor decision making, vision problems, increased appetite, inability to concentrate, poor memory, inability to handle stress."

Pretty much everything is affected.

Many of us would love to get eight hours of sleep a night, but our lives are beyond busy, and that seems unrealistic. You know how it goes... there is so much to do, and so little time... work, family, kids, errands, and the list goes on and on...

And even when we sleep in on weekends, the truth is we can never make up for the loss of sleep during the week. Once it's gone, it's gone. And so, the cycle continues.

I know speaking for myself, on days when I don't get enough rest, it takes me longer to do everything, I feel like I'm physically moving and thinking in slow motion. On top of that, I can be grumpy and my patience is pretty low (usually that kicks in when I get home from work though).

Typing this right now, is taking longer then it should...

Yawn...

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