Are you someone who relies on logic, pros and cons lists and deliberative thought, to make the important decisions in you life? Or are you someone who makes “gut” decisions—choices rooted in emotion and feeling that are not always logical?
Traditionally, deliberating and weighing pros and cons has been considered the better approach for making good life decisions, Whether deciding on where to go for your next vacation or the right career path, many have long held the belief that emotion interferes with decision making. A new study in the August issue of Emotion investigates the benefits of emotion-focused decision making.
Sleep deprivation can leave you exhausted, stressed and can contribute to health problems. And when you’re a parent, you lose sleep. During that first year of infancies, parents can lose hundreds of hours of sleep. Each family might handle the division of night time tending to an infant differently and fathers are also often sleep deprived.
Women of young children and babies often are particularly sleep deprived. For example, a woman who is breast feeding her baby will have to wake for feedings at night. According to the Department of Labor in 2009 122 million women age 16 years and over in the U.S. were labor force participants—working or looking for work. As many as 3 quarters of working women are mothers.