I once read an article that said being sleep deprived is similar to being drunk, and I believe it. I'm running on about 5 hours of sleep today, and I know I've made some decisions that I normally wouldn't if I were properly rested- yet another testament to how immensely important sleep is for us to function.
I know I'm not the best version of myself when I'm tired- I'm prone to surliness and irritability, among other things. This morning at 6:30 a.m. I found myself eating coffee caramel corn- alarms were going off in my head, but my body seemed to operate on its own, shoveling the corn into the mouth despite my attempts to stop them. We are most likely to overeat when we're tired, and eat poorly while we're at it: we crave simple carbs and refined sugar for the immediate boost of energy we get, but this is a self-defeating act, since the sugar crash that inevitably comes after will send us towards yet another binge.
So far, I'm dealing OK with food and eating, but days like today require calm, calculated choices, things that often don't get communicated well to a sleep-starved brain. I feel like I've been high all day, hence the drunken effect of sleeplessness. The rough part is that to keep our Circadian Rhythm correct, we should stay up until the proper bedtime so as not to extend our inability to rest. I have a feeling I'm going to crash pretty hard tonight.