How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
I got about four hours.
I had a deadline to meet this morning and I had a child up sick during the night so I stayed up late last night, got up early this morning and was up twice in-between doing the Mom thing with my son.
However, according to 'Saving Women's Hearts' the great book I'm reviewing (and giving a copy away of – just comment for a chance to win it!) my heart needs eight hours of sleep a night.
Honestly? I seem to get between six and seven hours of sleep most nights and when I need to get something done? Sleep is the first thing to go.
However, according to the authors of 'Saving Women's Hearts', 'sleep deprivation can increase our risk of heart disease in several ways; it increases blood pressure, triggers inflammation, promotes calcium buildup in the arteries (which leads to plaque formation), and may cause an irregular heartbeat.
The book then informs me, 'the next time you are tempted to cut short your sleep time to squeeze in more work or take care of the needs of others, keep this in mind; you can never make up for lost sleep time, and as much as those around you may appreciate your extra work and efforts, they also want you to be alive and healthy in the future.'
These authors have been watching my every move. How scary is that?
I'd say more, but I guess I had better stop writing and uh, go to bed.
I've been warned.
Disclosure - I am participating in the Saving Women’s Hearts program by Mom Central on behalf of Wiley Publishing. I received a copy of the book to review and gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.