Are You Getting the Best Sleep Possible? Answering These Simple Questions Can Help You Find Out!

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Sleep has gotten a bad rap in our society. Sleep is often confused with laziness. Sleep is emblematic of sloth. Sleep is, however, an essential part of health maintenance. While we are still figuring out exactly what sleep does, sleep is necessary for our health. One thing sleep does is allow our bodies to rid our brains of chemicals that build up in our waking hours, something only possible when the conscious processes shut down. Not getting enough sleep can lead to irritability, daytime fatigue, excessive sleepiness and yawning, of course. It can also cause problems with the central nervous system, the immune system and the respiratory system, including depression, paranoia, hallucinations, impulsive behavior and even suicidal thoughts.

Sleep deprivation causes your body to release higher levels of insulin than normal, which can cause you to put on weight and increases your risk of type 2 diabetes. It also reduces production of a hormone called leptin, which tells your brain that your appetite is sated. Given these changes alone, sleep deprivation can have harmful effects, influencing your weight, your organs, and in the case of type 2 diabetes, your limbs.

Concentrate: have you had enough sleep? Could you get better sleep? Time to wake up and find out!

How many days per week do you get up with the majority of your neighbors?

How often do you get to bed just before dawn?

Who sleeps in the same room as you?

What do you always do before going to bed?

How often do you get sick?

How often does your doctor tell you off for unhealthy habits?

How difficult is it for you to make morning appointments?

How often is your sleep schedule dictated by social obligations?

How often is your sleep schedule impacted by educational requirements?

How often do you feel confused at work?

Do you ever feel like someone is out to get you?

How often do you make mistakes in general?

How good is your balance?

How hot is your temper?

Do you ever take sneaky naps at work?

How often do you find yourself just going on Amazon and buying something you don't need or want?

Have you ever been depressed for a long period of time?

How often do you wake up with a sore throat?

How difficult do you find it to maintain a healthy weight?

How long does it take you to heal small injuries like paper cuts?

How often do you wind up with the flu?

Have you ever found yourself nodding off behind the wheel?

How often are you cited for carelessness on the job?

Which job's lifestyle is closest to yours?

How do you modify your diet to give yourself more energy?

Do your friends consider you a party animal?

Are you still a student?

About how old are you?

Do you have any kids?

How loud is your neighborhood?

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