That is, not without a large pot o’ java, brewing precisely at 6:15 am. The effects of which last until precisely 9:30 am, at which point Sleep-Deprived Blogging Momma Extraordinaire falls face first onto the couch to catch up on her z’s , while Elliana (age 2) pulls baby wipes out of the tub one at a time to decorate the family room carpet and to clean up the “uh oh’s” she made with Mommy’s lip gloss.
Therefore, last week in addition to deciding to rekindle my love affair with house work, I also decided to re-establish a reasonable bed time.
Notice, none of those clocks say 1:00 am. Not a single one.
It’s all coming together in the Cooper house, y’all.
It’s a good thing too, because the statics on sleep-deprivation are staggering. In addition to the wasting of perfectly good baby wipes and lip gloss, sleep deprivation has been linked to decreased work productivity, increased stress, poor concentration increased illness, drug and alcohol use in adolescents, auto and truck accidents
Obesity is a leading cause of illness in America, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and osteoarthritis. It is also one of the leading causes of preventable death, second only to smoking.
Fred Turek, MD, Director of the Sleep Center at Northwestern University, says raising public awareness about the link between sleep deprivation and weight is a top priority. “Sleep is really a behavior that has been ignored. Everybody talks about diet and exercise, but nobody pays much attention to sleep.”
Isn’t that strange? You’d think that if a person is awake for more hours in a day, they’d be more active, and therefore, burn more calories. But that is not the case (as I am clearly proving by my semi-comatose state every morning).
So how much weight are we talking here? Can an hour or two a night really make that much of a difference in your weight?
A 2006 study found that the women sleeping 5 or fewer hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain ( 33 lb or more), and 15% more likely to become obese during the 16-year study period than the women who slept at least 7 hours per night.
In addition, women who slept for 6 hours were 12% more likely to have major weight gain and 6% more likely to become obese compared with women who slept at least 7 hours per night.
Research in 2006 by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick found that sleep deprivation is associated with an almost a two-fold increased risk of being obese for both children and adults.
That’s a pretty significant connection, wouldn’t you say?
So while you are considering your family fitness plans for 2009, remember to eat good wholesome foods, get lots of exercise, and also allow your body proper rest each and every night. Yes, even at the expense of reading my blog. That’s the kind of girl I am. Purely looking out for the health of my readers.
And while I’d love to go on and on about this subject, I am choosing to end my blogging session to head to my brand new king-sized bed, with super soft sateen sheets and down comforter, so I can get a really good night’s sleep.
I simply can’t afford to be napping every day. What with the economy being what it is, who can afford to keep buying baby wipes and lip gloss?
Sources for this post:http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/alerts/nutrition_weight_control/JohnsHopkinsHealthAlertsNutritionWeightControl_306-1.html