Studies say 45% of the world’s population is sleep deprived.
And 99% of those are mums. (Okay I made that last bit up but it feels like it could be true.)
But we are aren’t we? From that last month of pregnancy when our bodies start to prepare us for the never-ending torment that is an awake newborn to the toddler years of endless night wakings and even (I’m told) up to when they are teenagers – having a child is a sure-fire guarantee you will never get a good night’s sleep again.
According to the National Sleep Foundation sleep needs vary across ages and are impacted by lifestyle and health. To determine how much sleep you need they say you have to assess where you fall on the sleep spectrum.
A National Sleep Foundation Women and Sleep poll found that the average woman aged 30-60 sleeps only six hours and forty-one minutes during the working week and that women are more likely than men to have difficulty falling and staying asleep and to experience more daytime.
Signs you are sleep deprived can range from the medical – you fall asleep immediately - to the linguistic – you use a lot of clichés.
But no hold barred they show that at the end of the day really it is true that what goes around comes around.
1. You speak in clichés.
Speaking in clichés is sign you are sleep deprived.
"That could mean cliches or anything that is rote and will allow you to stay in conversation without expending much energy.
You’d better be safe than sorry and take a nap.
2. You find your lost keys in the freezer.
And the milk in the pantry and the butter in with the teacups.
3. You snap at kids more.
Sleep deprivation makes you irritable and short tempered.
Research presented in the journal, Seminars in Pediatric Neurology found that poor sleep results in a low threshold to express negative emotion irritability and easy frustration and difficulty modulating impulses and emotions.
You fight with your partner more too.
4. You snack more than you used to.
A study by Columbia University's New York Obesity Research Center found that people tend to eat more following a bad night’s sleep when they get a good night's sleep.
This was especially true of women, who consumed an average of 329 more calories when sleep deprived than when well rested, men consumed just 263 more.
Pass the salt and vinegar please.
5. You are indecisive.
A large coffee or a regular and should you have that strawberry and rhubarb muffin or what about the banana bread?
Oh maybe just tea, but gosh those scones look good.
6. You’ve given the kids the wrong lunchboxes on more than one occasion.
And even forgotten to send the children their lunch.. but just that one time...