I didn't realize how important sleep was until I wasn't getting it anymore. I was that person who REQUIRED a full 8 hours of sleep in order to function the next day and be nice. And then babies happened, and long gone have been the days of 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. On the positive side, it's been neat to see how God sustains us tired folk despite our weaknesses (and being prone to grumpiness).
Did you know that not getting enough sleep can derail our weight loss efforts? Sleeplessness can make our bodies think we are in danger, which will slow our metabolism and increase our stress hormones in attempt to preserve fuel. Our bodies have a hard time healing and repairing without sleep and inflammation levels can stay elevated.
The day following a sleepless night tends to leave us prone to poor food choices that are higher in sugar and carbs which act as quick pick-me-ups blood sugar wise. That sugar rush quickly wears off, though, and leaves us right where we left off in our fatigue.
One of the best things you can do in your weight loss and health journeys is to get some good sleep. Maybe you're like me and in the throws of a season of little people who wake you up at all hours of the night. This too shall pass. Or maybe, also like me, you find yourself magically with a potential full night of sleep only to be disappointed with insomnia and a brain full of loud ideas. Here are some things I've found that help me get some good Zzzzz:
*daily sweat session in my workout to burn off that extra energy (extra???)
*avoiding the caffeine after noon
*diffusing calming essential oils
*avoiding phone and TV time prior to bed time
*read a few pages of a book (preferably not an exciting one)
*warm shower and stretching
*deep breathing and other relaxation techniques
Do you have trouble sleeping? What are things you do to help you sleep better?