Research has proven the chronic sleep deprivation does terrible things to your mind and body. According to WebMD, it may lead to:
- Memory problems:
forget what day it is? (check) forget where the keys are? (check) have trouble concentrating when I am driving? (check!)
no explanation needed here—I am definitely down in the dumps right now. 🙁
- A weakening of the immune system, increasing your chance of becoming sick:
fortunately this has not happened to me yet. (fingers crossed!)
- and weight gain:
People who sleep less appear to generate more ghrelin, a hormone which stimulates hunger. Research on subjects reported an increased craving for food, especially fats and starchy foods, after simulated sleep deprivation.
Check again! I definitely crave sugary foods to help keep me alert and awake. Unfortunately, it just makes things worse when I come down from my sugar high.
Right now I’m averaging about 4 non-consecutive hours of sleep per night and I’m starting to wonder how I am going to survive. Honestly, the furthest thing from my mind is working out, even though I so desperately need it. (I still have 25 post-baby pounds hanging on. UGH!)
So gang, how do you survive when you are sleep deprived? Should I just load up my fridge with caffeinated drinks and hope I make it ’til the spring? (anyone want to come and watch my kids so I can take a nap?)