7 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

Photographed by Alexandra R Gavillet.
By Jeff Cattel

Turns out we could all use a little more shut-eye: Four in 10 Americans don’t get the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. As a result, we’re pretty familiar with the signs that our bodies need more rest: endless yawns, heavy eyes, and sleeping in on the weekends.
But when you go from a few restless nights to more chronic sleep deprivation (in which sleep debt accumulates over weeks), you tend to not realize how tired you are, says Joseph Ojile, MD, medical director at the Clayton Sleep Institute. “With fatigue and sleeplessness, we are by nature impaired,” he says. “So that also means our self-awareness and judgment is off.” Luckily, there are some subtle (and slightly bizarre) signs that reveal when we're truly sleep-deprived.

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