enjoyed every moment of the things I was doing, I just wish I could freeze time
just a little bit. Between birthdays and anniversaries and recitals and awards
and don't forget I needed one date night, which my kids insisted that we take
together, bless them.
Thank Goodness for good nutrition and a steady flow of vitamins and nutrients in my body or I would have ended up with such a poor eating regiment and a wider girth, not to mention low self esteem, a month of the grumpies instead of a day and no enjoyment in my life at all!
With these entire events going on, it's no wonder I was feeling extremely exhausted on what should have been a glorious last day of school. I mean with no lunches to be made for 9 weeks and alarm clocks virtually nonexistent, I should be tearing up paper, throwing my arms up in the air and rejoicing with all the crazy kids, singing Alice Cooper's "School's Out For Summer….".Instead I was trying to catch up on some Zzzz's and being grumpy the whole day, and I mean the whole day! By 9:30 as I was trying to enjoy the last moments I would be spending alone with my youngest daughter (as she is flying the coop in September as she begins her own adventurous school journey), I FELL ASLEEP!!! This poor kid was trying to enjoy some mommy time and instead got a zombie!!! The good thing is she still got me to herself; it was just not all of me.
By 11 am, as the kids were on their last bell of June 2014, arms wailing in the air, I was still in a sleep-drunken stupor, awaiting a couch or bed or rock to lie on but in good old fashioned "last day of school tradition, the kids had other plans! So as I took them to get their yearend gift and take them out for lunch, I was still shaded eyes and Grumpy McGrumps! Everything irritated me, from my boy's over excitement for summer, to my little one's over storytelling, to my eldest telling me what she will do on her first day of summer vacation. None of this was their fault of course and I usually bask in all of these tales. I love the excitement I see in their eyes but I was sleep irritated! The day basically
continued like this, twitchy and snappy and downright icky. Thank God for gorgeous weather and kids wanting to enjoy it! As they ran around a soccer field and through sprinkles, I got to be Miss Sour Puss and Ugly Boots. And thank God for husbands who tell you they don't mind being punching bags, even though we know they do.
It's funny that we have no idea how important sleep is and how it affects us, but it really does!! Take it from someone who knows it as 100 percent truth!
Some things you may not have knows is that yes, as I have proved lack of sleep can make you incredibly irritable but did you know that it could also, cause serious health problems such as Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, Irregular heartbeat, High blood pressure, Stroke and Diabetes?
Lack of sleep can dumb you down as sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. That's probably why you learn as a new mommy that a baby/child should sleep for about 10 hours a night, but shouldn't us adults do the same thing, we need to think and learn as we work or care for our children too, don't we?
Lack of sleep can kill your sex drive!! Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame. It's already hard enough to get quality time with your significant other, can you imagine what lack of sleep does to that. No wonder so many marriages end up in divorce, how can they be successful if there is no intimacy.
If this isn't all bad enough, lack of sleep can make you GAIN WEIGHT!!! Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours. Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods.
That night I had laid my head on my fluffy white pillow by 10 pm, I recruited my husband to keep all the kids company, they were NOT going to bed early on the last day of school, and fell into a sweet slumber. By the time I had awoken at 7:45 am, yup almost 10 hours of sweet sleep, my attitude had immediately changed and I was ready to charge forward at the day ahead.
I can't express how grateful I am for choosing the right nutrition to nourish my body day in and day out because one day of the grumpies could have been a missed month of fun and excitement and
family time! I made a decision to change myself both internally and externally and with a little help from my friends and complete support from my family, I have conquered what could have been months of sleep deprivation with a steady stream of happiness, goal conquering and a tidal wave of sharing and supporting myself!
Get on board today, let me support you and be your coach to a better you.
Until Next Week,
Live From the Inside Out!