It’s amazing that out of all the amazing moms I know, the majority of us are running on fumes. Between running errands, work, raising kids, doing stuff around the house, schoolwork and all the other duties that seem to fall under our domain, it is any wonder why most of us are yawning around 8 p.m.? But then all too many of us are up at night when we should be asleep, either tackling projects that didn’t get done during the day or up on Facebook and Pinterest doing Lord knows what.
Then we wake up in the morning and the cycle starts all over again. Am I right?
I’ve been reading up on sleep deprivation y’all, and it’s not pretty.
Here’s some stuff you probably already knew, from the National Institutes of Health:
You have an internal “body clock” that controls when you’re awake and when your body is ready for sleep. This clock typically follows a 24-hour repeating rhythm (called the circadian rhythm). The rhythm affects every cell, tissue, and organ in your body and how they work.
If you aren’t getting enough sleep, are sleeping at the wrong times, or have poor quality sleep, you’ll likely feel very tired during the day. You may not feel refreshed and alert when you wake up.
Sleep deficiency can interfere with work, school, driving, and social functioning. You might have trouble learning, focusing, and reacting. Also, you might find it hard to judge other people’s emotions and reactions. Sleep deficiency also can make you feel frustrated, cranky, or worried in social situations.
Yeah, all that is pretty common knowledge, right? But the physical aspect of being sleep deprived is not to be missed:
Sleep deficiency is linked to many chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression.
All that sounds horrible. I don’t like it. I want no part of it.
So I hope that for most of us, today’s challenge is not too difficult.
Day 9 – Go to bed early THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW.
Going to bed early one night will not do much of anything, I’m guessing. Two nights would probably have an effect on most people. But three nights? Your body’s going to be like, “CAN I TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS???”
So set your alarm, drink some sleepytime tea or take a nice warm bath (or do all three). Whatever you need to do to get yourself a good night’s sleep, do it. You will thank me later.