- A watch
- Metal baking tray
Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation
There are a laundry list of symptoms linked to chronic sleep loss, ranging from mild to severe. Some of these include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory Loss
- Lack of motivation
- Increased appetite
- Reduced sex drive
- Decreased fertility
It is important that this test is carried out during the day. Head to your bedroom and place the metal tray on the floor directly next to your bed. Draw the curtains to darken the room and lie down on your bed with your spoon in hand above the metal tray.
Check the time before closing your eyes to sleep. As you fall asleep, your grip will loosen and the spoon will fall onto the tray, waking you up. Check your watch again to see how much time has passed.
If you fell asleep in...
- 5 minutes: You are severely sleep deprived.
- 10 Minutes: You need more sleep than you are getting.
- 15 Minutes: You are achieving enough sleep.
Falling asleep quickly, within 5 - 10 minutes, during the day is a clear sign you need more sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to both physical and mental health issues and sleep deprivation should be addressed immediately. Consider introducing an earlier bedtime and a luxurious bedtime routine as soon as possible.