Thursday, August 14, 2008

To Eat or To Sleep?

That is the question. When two basic life necessities come head to head, what would you choose? There was a time in my life when food would probably win out over anything (especially if there was something quick to grab and swallow on the way to the pillow!). I couldn't sleep as well on an empty stomach and would often find myself waking up and unable to sleep until some piece of food had filled the void. If food did not come first on my priority list, it would often lead to extended drowsiness and/or headaches.

However, in my current situation with a newborn and a young toddler, I'm afraid sleep is the obvious victor. For those of you who are worried I'm becoming malnourished, have no fear. Eating has only slid into second place, not disappeared entirely. The concern these days is sleep deprivation. Believe it or not, it is possible to eat with one or both little ones awake. This is not the case with sleep. A few minutes of shut-eye are so rare to come by that one must seize the opportunity without much delay or that second may be lost forever.

So what is it for you? When you must choose between food or sleep, what'll it be?

5 comments:

robbienmeri said...

Sherrie - I'm with you. It is always sleep. When I get home from church and there is nothing to grab and the kids are going down. I would rather go to bed hungry than sacrifice my chance for a nap. When I have a new baby or I 'm pregnant I like making these banana muffies or pumpkin muffies so that I can always grab something, because I won't take the time to make it if sleep is on the line.

Lindsay said...

When I'm tired and hungry, tired almost always wins. Which is why snacks at 10:00 pm never appeal to me.

Officer Leeroy said...

Sleep, though I try some quick fixes on the way to the pillow. A glass of milk usually does the trick. It seems to trick my body that it is satisfied long enough for me to go to sleep and not notice it too much. If I'm too hungry, though I have to eat something else (like cookies). That's a tough question.

Sadie said...

Sleep for sure!

Coach Ann said...

My kids are much older, but even though circumstances shange, parents, especially mothers, still find themselves caught between the two. I chose to lay down, but sleep often eludes me.