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Make sleep a priority if you want to make sure your mood is as good as possible. Aim for seven to nine hours a night, rather than the five or six that many adults get. “Sleep is critical for proper mental health, so when you’re fatigued you get irritated,” says Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor of medicine and director of the Tisch Center for Men’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. “It’s like a baby crying—you put them to sleep and they feel better. It’s the same thing.” Depending on the night, these are the ways a full moon could mess with your emotions.
When you start forgetting small things, like conversations or where you put your keys, it’s natural to become frustrated and snappish. “Generally I think of frustration as having to do with when needs don’t get satisfied,” says Jeffrey Deitz, MD, psychotherapist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the Frank Netter School of Medicine of Quinnipiac University and supervising psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Frustration can manifest with something that looks very much like irritability and outbursts to an outsider.” Don’t ignore these other early signs of Alzheimer’s.