Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Nutritionista: Why Lack of Sleep Makes you Fat (and Stupid)

I should probably be blogging about Earth Day, and how healthy eating is good for the environment and on the virtues of eating locally grown produce, and why if you live in New York, it's more environmentally friendly to drink European wines than domestic, blah, blah, blah.  I will save that for another day, because really, shouldn't every day be Earth Day? 
Instead, I feel compelled to talk about lack of sleep.  Why?  Because one of the special gifts of children is that they almost always get sick at the same time (especially twins) and the vomiting always starts between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.  And even after all of these years, my twins still have very poor aim, requiring me to wash down the bathroom wall around 3:30 a.m.  Needless to say, it was a long night short on sleep.

One of the upsides and downsides of being The Nutritionista is that I am "in the know".  I have read the clinical trials where they have study participants sleep for 4 hours.  It's a recipe for disaster.  Here are the highlights:
  • Tired people move around less (duh).  Less movement = fewer calories burned during the day.
  • Tired people eat more (~22% in one study).  More food = more calories consumed during the day.  
  • Tired people eat more crappy food.  (Duh.  Who wants to stand around and whip up a healthy homecooked meal when you can barely see?  Not SHE!)  
  • And no scientific study needs to validate the fact that my brain is operating on only 1-2 neurons right now.  I should not be operating heavy machinery and am feeling like my laptop should be included in that category right now.  Is any of this making sense?
I'm so crazy that I just bought this pair of sandals from Piperlime for 20% off (coupon code: SWEET):

Aren't they the cutest pair of pink wedges you've ever seen? 

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