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Turns out, we’re not that good at knowing when we’re sleep deprived. As sleep experts explain it, we quickly adapt to not getting the rest we need, in order to get through the day. Then we tell ourselves we don’t need eight hours of sleep—six will do just fine.But the body doesn’t really adapt to not getting the sleep it needs. Here are five common signs you’re not sleeping enough, even if you feel like you are:
Think your fuzzy-headedness is a sign of age? It might have to do with how much sleep you got last night and the night before. Sleep is a rebooting time for the brain when we process newly-acquired information into memory and wipe the slate clean for another day of learning and memory making. Spending enough time in all the stages of sleep, including slow-wave sleep and REM sleep, is important for mental focus and memory.Without enough sleep, we’re more at risk for memory loss and forgetfulness. We’re also less able to focus on tasks and retain new information.