It’s easy for us to neglect ample sleep especially if we are bombarded with too much workload or busy with social media and the Internet. The obvious signs of lack of sleep are usually tired and puffy eyes, dark circles and a lethargic disposition.

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Alarmingly, there are also other unnoticeable signs that mean we should get more sleep. To determine if you are getting enough rest, there are 3 signs of having inadequate sleep.

Gaining weight

If you’re baffled by the weight gain you’ve been experiencing despite your healthy diet, perhaps it’s time to take a look at your current sleeping pattern. If you get less than 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night, your body’s way of using energy and its ability to burn fat will be affected. Lack of sleep will also make you eat more. Because you feel sluggish, you will crave more sugary foods to get more energy- a major factor in weight gain.

Easily forgetting things

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Lack of sleep will lead to loss of focus and a decline in our memory. Experts stress the importance of being well-rested because poor sleep can have negative effects on our thinking abilities. If you notice that your attention span, concentration and reaction time are declining, it’s time to rethink and improve our sleeping patterns.

Looking haggard

Sleep is important because it is during this time that the body regenerates our cells and do repairs to our skin. Without proper rest, the body becomes susceptible to harmful free radicals we get from the environment, making us look older and haggard. Lack of sleep will also speed up the formation of fine lines on our face and worsen existing skin problems like acne.

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