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Sleep.  It’s such a simple and familiar word.  Yet, if you’re a busy mom, that word may not mean anything to you these days.  Just like the shirt with spit-up and cereal crumbs in every purse, sleep deprivation seems to be a standard feature of motherhood.  Even though it’s all-too common for moms everywhere to running on empty in the sleep department, too-little shut-eye can be dangerous. The effects of sleep deprivation on your health can be really ugly - getting enough sleep is vital not only for your own sanity but for your safety as well.  

Don’t underestimate the importance of getting enough sleep.

Here are 3 of the scariest effects of sleep deprivation.   

Weight Gain

One of the biggest effects of sleep deprivation is weight gain.  The more our bodies become sleep deprived, cortisol levels increase.  When this stress hormone rises, so does our appetite, causing stronger cravings for fatty foods that are high in carbohydrates.  High cortisol levels crave comfort foods that help calm you—such as those sweets, carbs and salty snack foods.  

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Skin Aging

Cortisol is also the culprit when it comes to aging your skin.  Cortisol can break down skin collagen causing fine lines and dark circles.  Collagen is a skin protein that provides skin strength, elasticity, smoothness and resilience. Not getting enough sleep is also one of the biggest roadblocks to triggering the human growth hormones that aid in the development of healthy skin. So, get your beauty sleep!


One of the scariest effects of sleep deprivation are accidents on the road and in the workplace.  In fact, sleep deprivation is responsible for over 100,000 automobile accidents a year.  Driving while drowsy is equally as dangerous as driving drunk since it slows down your reaction time.  Sleep deprivation can lead to work-related injuries and more sick days per accident.  

It’s important to change your attitude about sleep.  Look at sleep as something that is just as important to good health as diet and exercise.  Getting a good night’s sleep is your brain’s time to recharge and prepare for the next day’s activities. You can take big steps to boosting your health for yourself and your family by getting enough z’s. Avoid being another sleep-deprived, zombie-like mom yawning through each day.  Combat the effects of sleep deprivation by making sleep a priority tonight and every night!  

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