a few minutes ago
So our little one has got a pretty nasty little cold. Many of you parents out there know exactly what this means. Huge loss of sleep.
Now I went to bed just after 10 last night and by 11:45 was our first occurrence of the child waking. She proceeded to wake every hour at least once or twice through the whole night. The last two I remember were 4:15 am and 4:45 am. And of course this had to happen when it was my day to teach classes at 6am.
I know the parents in the room all know what this feels like.
Basically I felt hung over all day. Tired. Irritable. Lacking focus. Craving junk calories to make me feel better on the inside, which we know is a short term fix that leaves us feeling defeated after. But still it’s oh so tempting even if we’ll hate ourselves for it.
So this got me to thinking of just how important sleep is. They recommend 8 hours a day. Obviously depending on how hard you work, your health status, training regimen and overall nutrition you may require slightly more or maybe a little less. But none the less it’s hugely important to your health.
A quick pubmed search tells us that:
“Under strict experimental conditions, short-term restriction of sleep results in a variety of adverse physiologic effects, including hypertension, activation of the sympathetic nervous system, impairment of glucose control, and increased inflammation.” Short term restriction. Does all this. One or two bad nights can greatly impact your physiology more than you think. Which is why It’s so important to prioritize sleep in your routine. I cannot stress that enough!