So, this is a pretty obvious statement I’m about to make here, but sleep is VERY important to accessing the healthy food highway. Just like in real driving, where a well-rested driver is essential to the safety of everyone in a vehicle, sleep is important to anyone attempting to drive on the healthy food highway.
How do I know this, you ask? Is it the scores of research that says the average person needs 7-8 hours of sleep every night or that being sleep deprived for three days in a row creates reaction times like those of a drunk person? Nope. I know this from personal experience.
Last night we stayed up 1 hour later. Just 1 hour. And today, I feel sick, tired (of course), sore all over, and most distressingly I am craving EVERYTHING. Sugar, carbohydrates, pop, sweets, salt, anything spicy…everything. This is not a good place to be when attempting to increase my exercise level once again or when trying to eat healthy. And it’s not good for my children to see how badly I want the bad food. Hopefully, they’ll instead notice the fact that even though I want those things and even though I’m kind of mopey as I try to find other foods, the fact remains that I am finding other foods. Or at the very least, they just won’t notice any of it. They are only 3 and 1 1/2, after all.
Still, the lack of sleep makes the difficult things (like resisting cravings and making smart choices) even more difficult and makes the fun things (like posting on the blog and playing with my children) draining and and a chore instead of being an uplifting, energizing experience.
For those of you who’d like a little more than this sleepy post from me, check out a review I wrote on the movie Fat Head, which can be found here, and then check out the movie itself or click on over to the blog that goes with the movie. It’s all worth the time, trust me.
To my readers: How do you get through your sleep deprived days? What ways have you found to ensure that you get everything done in a day and STILL get enough sleep?