You are sleep deprived if…
1- it is a struggle for you to get out of bed in the morning
2- weekday mornings you hit the snooze button several times to get more sleep.
3- you feel tired, irritable, and stressed-out during the week
4- you need an alarm clock to wake up at the appropriate time
5- you have trouble concentrating and remembering
6- you feel slow with critical thinking, problem solving, and being creative.
7- you often fall asleep watching tv
8- you often fall asleep in meetings or lectures in warm rooms
9- you often fall asleep after heavy meals or after a low dose of alcohol
10- you often fall asleep while relaxing after dinner
11- you often fall asleep within five minutes of getting into bed.
12- you often feel drowsy while driving
13- you often sleep extra hours on weekend mornings
14- you often need a nap to get through the day
15- you have dark circles around your eyes.
if your answer is yes to any of the above you can consider yourself to be one of the millions of chronically sleep deprived people.  You may be vaguely aware of how sleepy and ineffective you are, and ignorant of how dynamic you could be with adequate sleep.
This quiz was taken from Dr. James B. Maas’  book “Power Sleep”. According to Dr. Maas’ investigations we need between 8-10 hours of sleep per night to function at our most efficient. 
So how do you get the sleep you need? We’ll tackle that on a future post. Stay tuned!!
If you want to delve further in sleep deprivation, check out http://www.sleep-deprivation.com/
Your Fitness Coach,
Miranda Zukowski

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