Sleep Is The New Diet
As a work at home mom of three boys, just getting through the day can be tiring enough. But a group of mom friends and I added dieting to the list of things we are trying to do each day. We bounced back and forth between diets at the same time trying to keep out busy schedules with work and our family life. When we could not exercise we tried just parking our minivans farther away so we fit in more walking. All of us made progress slowly but also realized one side effect that we needed to fix. Let's just say we called it the "grouchy" effect: We were loosing our cool more often and feeling agitated.
After discussing it, we realized along with cutting our food intake we were all getting less sleep. Maybe it was the extra food shopping or trying to fit in exercise each day that was pushing our other tasks to late night work. So instead of hunger being the culprit of our grouchy behavior we realized that less sleep was instead.
Then I happened to read an article that confirmed our suspicions on the Huffington Post by Tony Schwartz called "Sleep is More Important then Food". The article presented the idea that "even small amounts of sleep deprivation take a significant toll on our health, our mood, our cognitive capacity and our productivity." So we decided that while cutting calories is important to our diet, getting more sleep is just as important.
Now we just need to figure a way to add more hours to our days to get that sleep. Maybe I can just be more efficient with my time by getting a treadmill desk to walk while working at home and do situps while folding laundry?