Do you need more sleep? Six signs that you do!

About one-third of American workers get fewer than six hours of sleep each night according to the Huffington Post.

“Getting less than the optimal seven to nine hours recommended by the CDC can result in serious health issues, like heart problems and obesity. But it can also disturb your day-to-day behavior in some more subtle ways.”

So here are six signs from the The Huff Po slideshow that you need more sleep.

From The Huffington Post (see the article and slideshow for all the details):

1. You’re really hungry all the time:

“Research presented at the 2010 meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior linked little shuteye with higher levels of the hormone ghrelin, the same one that triggers hunger, HuffPost reported.”

2. You’re weepy:

3. You’re forgetful or unfocussed:

4. You can’t shake a cold: (See my entry from earlier in the day.)

“A 2009 study found that people who sleep fewer than seven hours each night have almost three times the risk of catching a cold than people who slept for at least eight hours, the LA Times reported.”

5. You’re clumsier than usual.

6. Low-sex drive

How many hours of sleep do you normally get each night? Do you have any of these six symptoms? Which ones do you notice?

28 comments Add your comment


October 16th, 2012
12:51 pm

No. I typically get 6-8 hours of sleep per night.

Unless there’s a party……

Voice of Reason

October 16th, 2012
12:57 pm

I’m sorry but I lots my focus when I read the link to the right “Florida orgy ends in violence, arrests” >>>>>

What was the question again?

Voice of Reason

October 16th, 2012
12:58 pm


October 16th, 2012
1:31 pm

The forgot to add to the list Cranky, irrable, arguementive, moody, short tempered and subject to fly off the handle at something for trivial and unimportant. I dont get enough sleep during the workweek but try to take at least a power nap of two hours on Sat or Sun. but thats Not always possible if your running around errands(which weekend is the Only time you can run errands. Depending how many errands you have to run and or receving guest or company after the errands there may be No time for a nap. In that case. I see Burn Out.


October 16th, 2012
1:40 pm

I keep my weekends free. I run errands usually on the way home from work in the evenings. I grocery shop every Sunday morning, before anyone wakes up at my house. I’m usually home with the groceries by 10 a.m. Sundays are for football, grilling, and drinking with the neighbors and whoever wants to come by….there’s plenty of food and beer….

There is no Stress in my home……no drama either.


October 16th, 2012
2:18 pm

TWG did you at least look to see if you can find time to get some rest?

I did actively change my sleep habits. I get up at 5 and go to bed at 10…during the week. That is about 7 hours.

My endless nights of 4 and go have left and gone.


October 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

There’s no stress in my home….no drama either.

You have to have the only home in US without stress & drama….congrats!!!


October 16th, 2012
3:14 pm

Why Thank you Mary!!


October 16th, 2012
3:23 pm

@ Mayhem- I would really like to hear more about what your schedule is like. You must be doing something right! Keep up the good work.


October 16th, 2012
3:28 pm

Mayhem: If life is so drama and stress-free, why is your screen name “Mayhem?” JstAskn :)


October 16th, 2012
3:51 pm

It was the first “name” I thought of when I started posting here…must have been the commercials…LOL.

My motto is no stress, no drama. Things will eventually work themselves out, so I don’t worry. I don’t get mad, I don’t like wasting time being angry. I have a huge sense of humor and I can laugh at almost everything.

There comes a point in our lives, where we just have to sit back, relax, and let things work themselves out. I cannot control certain things, and I don’t want to control other things. My kids are in their 20’s, two are in school, and all three are working 30-35 hours a week. They are all living at home now, trying to work, go to school, and save money to move out the first of next year. 75% of the time, I’m home alone.

I work a full time job, but my hours are 8-4, so I miss a good bit of traffic, and I’m only 15 miles away from work. I’m usually home by 4:30, so I have plenty of time to unwind and relax, and get dinner started. If the kids aren’t home by the time dinner is ready, they can warm it up when they get home. I try to leave “grab and go” food for them, as they don’t really have time to prepare healthy meals and I can’t stand the thought of them hitting up the fast food restaurants… it’s my job as a Mom to provide healthy food for them.


October 16th, 2012
4:01 pm

“There comes a point in our lives, where we just have to sit back, relax, and let things work themselves out. I cannot control certain things, and I don’t want to control other things.” Sage advice, Mayhem. Thank you!


October 16th, 2012
4:13 pm

Mayhem, surely at least one of 3 kids have brought you stress during their teen years. I understand & try to live that way most of the time but we’re a normal family. Crap happens so to speak and although it’s bearable, there’s stress and drama that goes along with being a family. My girls are grown now but believe me, I’ve broken up my share of fights between them and settled many an argument. There’s also a ton of stress with this economy. My husbands out of work, blah blah blah…you get my drift. Anyway, congrats again. Hope it remains that way.


October 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

I never feel like I get enough sleep. I try to head to bed about 10 pm and get up at 7:30, so you would think 9.5 hours would be enough. But even with Ambien I don’t get enough deep sleep, I toss and turn all night. I also have a white noise machine to help drown out the sound of the TV from the living room. It is not stress that keeps me awake, but pain of the dull ache kind, and pain meds keep me awake, so I take the Ambien which helps, but not always.

I’d love to hear any suggestions for getting to sleep and staying alseep without the use of drugs.


October 16th, 2012
4:47 pm

I usually sleep about 7 1/2 -8 hours a night and try to get 9 on the weekends… but then there are weekends like this past one where we had too much fun hanging out with friends and neighbors and HAD to be up early both Sat & Sun… it felt good to “sleep in” on Monday! Haha! I do have the luxury of working from home and now that my son drives himself to school, I sleep a little later and I’m not stressed about getting out of the house on time.

I think my key to sleeping well is being physically tired AND keeping the stress level down. If I don’t exercise some during the day, I don’t sleep well even if I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. I think my body just needs that physical release and routine in order to be in a good sleep cycle. My latest schedule (I’m a consultant so my hours depend on the project) is that I get up at 7:15, walk about 3 1/2 miles from 7:30-8:30, grab a shower, a cup of coffee and I’m ready to face work by 9. I used to start work much earlier so I walked earlier and therefore went to bed earlier but I definitely prefer waking up when it’s light out though so this schedule suits me pretty well.


October 16th, 2012
4:52 pm

By the way, I re-read the 6 signs and now I’m wondering what is wrong with me if I experience 4 of those 6 symptoms and yet I do get enough sleep!! Maybe I’ll go surf WebMD and try to self-diagnose. Hahahahaha!

Warren Zevon

October 16th, 2012
4:54 pm

I will sleep when I am dead.


October 16th, 2012
5:10 pm

Um, Mr. Zevon *is* dead!


October 16th, 2012
6:00 pm

I am very picky about sleep. If I do not get sleep, I am cranky. That being said, if you are a woman and in your 50’s good luck with sleep. If I sleep a 4 hour stretch it is amazing! I wake up often and then my mind is ON a million things.

@ Mayhem…if you can truly live with no stress and no drama…great for you! I have had my own business for the past 15 years and there is ALWAYS STRESS AND DRAMA. I am with different people almost every day and often in different states.

Impossible for me not to have stress and drama as I deal with new folks and new dilemmas each week. Here is an example from last week:

I am supposed to be at 123 Church and visiting their children at their Preschool. The name of the church was sent to me as 123 Church ( not really but I am protecting the place). It is 250 miles away from here. I have several programs scheduled in the area and was there for a few days. I am staying at a hotel. I plug in the directions on my GPS the night before and I also have a map to get there. I am on time and drive 20 minutes and get off on their exit of the interstate ( in another state). My GPS tells me that I have reached the destination. The sign says COOKIE CHURCH. ( Again, not really). I am saying WHAT? I pull in the parking lot, look up the phone number and call it. I ask if they are expecting me. “Oh yes…are you here?” Me…”Well the sign says COOKIE CHURCH and I was thinking 123 Church.” They reply. ” Oh yes, we use COOKIE CHURCH’S facility. 123 Church is actually in another location. You are in the right place!” REALLY? I asked them what to look for in the e-mail before I left and they never mentioned the name of the church…just to look for the door by the playground. It would have been nice to know that I was looking for COOKIE CHURCH.

Or how about the time I had a 6 hour session to present and my luggage did not show up? I have two trunks full of things to share. There is NO way to just let things work themselves out.

Some walks of life are stressful and others are not. Just driving to the airport in rush hour can make you nuts!


October 16th, 2012
7:03 pm

Well, I get plenty of sleep but I will tell you who isn’t; my son and daughter-in-law who welcomed their 1st baby (and my 1st grandchild) into the world 11 days ago :)


October 16th, 2012
7:54 pm

Hey Grandma….CONGRATS TO YOU! I know you are so proud!


October 16th, 2012
11:05 pm

:) TY MJG it’s been awesome spent last week with them in Florida cooked & cleaned so they could spend time with their new baby :) there is nothing in the world like seeing your baby holding his own baby :)

FCM on my cell

October 17th, 2012
5:38 am

Awww welcome to the grandbaby


October 17th, 2012
8:06 am

I would give just about anything to be able to sleep in…My internal alarm goes off at 5:30 every day…..sleeping in till 8 is a rare treat for me……

Monday through Friday, it’s a struggle to get out of bed, but Saturday & Sundays I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6:00….UGH…..but I love to have coffee out on my deck and watch the day wake up….it’s so quiet and peaceful in the early mornings…..

@LM – I think you are getting TOO much sleep. Ditch the Ambien…I think that messes with your system. 9.5 horus of sleep is too much. Try staying up till 11, and don’t take the Ambien. When I have a hard time sleeping, I take two ibuprofen… doesn’t stay in your system as long as Ambien.

My neighbor drinks like a fish, about 8-12 beers a night, then she takes an Ambien to sleep. One of these days, she’s not going to wake up……


October 17th, 2012
8:45 am

When the 20 month old stops awaking at 6am and the 4 year old stops awaking at 6:30am – and knocks on our bedroom door – then I’ll be getting an appropriate amount of sleep. Until then, it’s whatever I need when I need it.

That aside, I’ve looked at sleep more as a weekly bank than a per night basis. For the last several years, I work some random hours, long days, and shift work here and there. As long as I’m willing to spend a healthy portion of my weekend in the rack making up for lost sleep, it usually works out pretty well.


October 17th, 2012
12:38 pm

MJG, I think you made Mayhem’s point with your 123 story. Why the stress and drama? You had a moment of concern when the church name didn’t match up, and then called and found out you were indeed in the right place. That’s really not a big deal, and you should work on simply breathing a sigh of relief that all is indeed well, let the small problem go, and don’t let yourself further stress over it or even dwell on what info they should have given you. It all worked out just fine with no difficulty. Save the stress for things like the trunks not showing up (that is a biggie). Don’t sweat the small stuff. :)


October 17th, 2012
10:32 pm

Hey everyone,
I am a 12 year old boy, I find it hard to sleep most nights and struggle to get 2-3 hours leaving me totally stressed during the day especially when I am at school and studying hard. I have been to the doctors and they see nothing wrong, most nights I am up watching tv and on the computer until morning. According to the doctor I need more sleep or I will die by the time I reach my 14th birthday. I’ve tried sleeping pills and lots of other meds/self remedies. Help please :(


October 22nd, 2012
9:54 pm

With a screen name like “Mayhem,” how could there NOT be stress and drama?