We all know that being tired makes you crabby. And, according to recent news reports, it also makes you eat poorly and ultimately, obese.
But here’s a side effect of tiredness that I wasn’t aware of, but am currently experiencing: spontaneous crying.
In the past few weeks, which have been unusually sleepless for me, my eyes have welled up on several occasions:
1) During that OnStar commercial where a couple has been in an accident, and they’re sitting silently in their smashed-up vehicle, and then the man puts his hand on top of the woman’s. You know which one I’m talking about? Oh! It gets me every time I see it.
2) Driving in my car and listening to the Train song “Here With Me,” (“When I look to the sky, something tells me you’re here with me,”). That reaction might be normal if I recently lost someone close to me, if I was a particularly religious person (the “you” then being God), or if I was teetering on the bring of depression. None of those is the case. I’m just tired.
3) When I read a news story about a 2-year-old who died in a fire at his day care center. Well, being the mother of a 2-year-old, I probably would have cried even if I slept 12 hours the night before. But still. I work in the news business, and it takes a lot to make me cry.
The situation reminds me a little of Holly Hunter in the movie “Broadcast News,” (one of my all-time favorites). She has this high-stress job, and whenever she’s alone she sits and cries for no particular reason. Could it be because she’s tired?