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BodyBuilderMom EXERT & EXHALE sleep deprivation effects By Angie Fenton Lack of sleep is a health issue that deserves your attention and your doctor’s help. Not getting enough sleep—due to insomnia or a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, or simply because you’re keeping late hours—can affect your mood, memory and health in far-reaching and surprising ways, says Johns Hopkins sleep researcher Patrick Finan, Ph.D. Sleep deprivation can also affect your judgment so that you don’t notice its effects. SAFETY HEALTH WEIGHT 36% increas e in ri s k for colorectal cance r 6,000 fatal car c r as h e s cau s e d by drowsy drivin G eac h year 1 25 IN adults who’ ve falle n as le e p at th e wh e e l in th e past Month More cravinGs for sweet, salty & starchy food Higher levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin 50% le s s active iM Munit y protectors calle d natur al kille r ce lls NEARLY 3X ri s k for t ype 2 diabete s Lower levels of the appetite-control hormone leptin higher risk for obesity if you get less than 5 hours of sleep nightly increas e d ri s k of h iGh blood pre s sure BRAIN EFFECTS Gre ate r ri s k for : WANTED: MORE ZZZS I often joked that I hadn’t had a good night’s sleep since late May 2015 when I learned I was pregnant. But sometime this summer, as I woke up for the umpteenth time in the middle of the night with my toddler’s feet in my face and her elbows in my ribs, I realized this was no laughing matter and I was tired of being tired. My bed was so worn it was genuinely concave, and the constant exhaustion was starting to affect me and my on-the-job production. I researched the effects of sleep deprivation and was genuinely horrified about the seriousness of this not-so-uncommon epidemic. According to Johns Hopkins, those of us who lack sleep are more likely to gain weight, age our brains 40 EXTOL : DECEMBER 2019/JANUARY 2020 prematurely, develop heart disease, cause car crashes... The list goes on and on — and it incited a newfound determination to do whatever I could to catch more ZZZs and ensure my daughter did, too. The first move was obvious: It was time to get a new bed for the bedroom I share with my husband (except when he’d been relegated to the couch because said toddler was in his place). And, we decided, it was also an opportunity to transition our soon-to-be 4-year-old from her first bed into something more substantial and make bedtime something we all looked forward to. On a sunny Saturday, the three of us ventured to Schmitt Furniture and – with the help of an incredibly knowledgeable gentleman who 33% inc reas e in de M e ntia ri s k Depression Irritability Anxiety Forgetfulness Fuzzy thinking worked there – quickly found exactly what we needed: An adjustable split king-size bed for Mom and Dad (which we could control individually), and a bunk bed with safety features for Olive, which came equipped with stairs — as opposed to a ladder — and built-in shelves under each step as well as beneath her bottom bunk. The Schmitt Furniture duo that delivered and set up the beds were courteous, kind (they didn’t blink an eye at the incessant questions my kid kept asking) and true professionals. That night, Olive quickly took to her “big girl bed,” and the hubby and I found ourselves snoozing with ease. My only regret: Why in the world didn’t we do this sooner??? I also consulted with friends and 3-5 YEARS how Muc h s le e p de privation can aGe you r br ain 48% increas e in deve lopin G h eart di s eas e 3X More like ly to catch a cold a couple of experts, all of whom advised setting and sticking to individualized bedtime routines, utilizing white noise apps if necessary, practicing meditation and “unpacking” the day’s stressors and tomorrow’s worries whether mentally or by writing them down. While each night isn’t perfect – Olive is currently asleep in my bed right now but that’s because she was feeling a bit clingy today wanted to “cuddle with Mommy,” which I allow as a treat (to us both, mind you) but it’s no longer the norm. Found: More ZZZs. Schmitt Furniture is located at 101 E. Main St. on the Furniture Corner of State and Main in downtown New Albany.