Quality sleep is as important to our health as food and water. Yet, we often cut back on sleep in favour of â€œgetting more done.â€ Chronic lack of sleep can cause a wide range of symptoms, including impaired brain function, memory loss, depression, weight gain and irritability. Long-term health issues include increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Answer the following true/false questions to discover whether lack of sleep is getting in your way:
- Instead of feeling refreshed when I wake up, I still feel tired.
- I have to have coffee to get going in the morning and often depend upon other caffeine or sugar boosts to get through the day.
- I feel easily irritated, impatient and/or moody, and my relationships are being affected.
- I feel depressed sometimes, but donâ€™t have the time to deal with it.
- I have a hard time controlling my emotionsâ€”and find myself at the point of tears without really knowing why.
- I often feel overwhelmed, and my ability to handle stress is diminished.
- I have difficulty concentrating and sometimes have to ask people to repeat what they just said.
- My memory, in general, isnâ€™t as good as it used to be.
- I have a hard time staying awake when I read or watch television.
- I doze off easily.
- I donâ€™t have the energy to do fun things with my partner, and that is creating stress in our relationship.
- I get sleepy when I drive and have to do things to keep myself alert, such as drinking a soda or keeping the windows open to get more fresh air.
- My reaction time when I drive isnâ€™t as fast as it once was.
- Iâ€™m not performing as well at work; everything takes longer than it used to.
- Iâ€™ve been dropping the ball at work and at home, not following through with simple tasks.
- I donâ€™t feel very motivatedâ€”I just donâ€™t have the energy.
- Iâ€™ve been eating more to boost my energy and my weight has been creeping up.
- I get sick often.
- People tell me that I look tired.
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