NEWS FLASH! Popular post update:
The original post below from way back in January 2011 needs an update. It gets a ton of new readers every day so I simply must share the latest with everyone. Drum roll. All sleep issues in my house have been resolved! No more sleeping in another room to get a good night's sleep.
"What worked?", you say.
I'll tell you the two things that fixed all my sleep problems.
- Going to the gym. Whoa. Don't leave yet. Here is how I now use exercise to get a great night's sleep. I go to a class a 8:30 AM. It may be Pilates, or Yoga, or Total Body Sculpt, or Spin, or Step. It usually includes cardio and a good sweat! If you hate the gym or have never gotten into it or worked out, try going to a few classes. They are fun with good music, you are not alone, and they work. And many gyms are cheap now with no down payment or contract. Look around close to your home. Driving far isn't a good idea. Honestly, I could never get myself to the gym at night or late afternoon but that might work for you. If you can, mornings are just so much better.
- Getting up early. My morning routine is described below and it hasn't really changed. Getting up early is, for me, a great habit. We're all different but it works for me. When I sleep in I just don't get sleepy at night....hence I don't sleep as well.
Original Post: Part 1.
A good night's sleep! It makes us feel better, look better, handle the day better, be in a better mood, perform better and on and on. And, as we've all heard by now, the better we sleep, the more it will help our weight loss. If you are asleep, you cannot eat. That's obvious but there are scientific studies about what goes on in the body during sleep that backs up the weight loss theory. Since, for many of us, trying to lose a few pounds is a way of life why not look at this simple strategy?
Maybe it just isn't so simple. The older you get, the more difficult it becomes to get a solid night's sleep. Some people don't have this issue but many do. What about you?
At my house, our sleep time has gradually turned into a 3-ring circus. And we are old codgers who should really be settling in for a long "winter's nap". To start with my husband's work schedule has him going to bed around 7:00 PM! I'm a night owl so I don't climb in the crib until 12:00 or so. No matter how quiet I try to be, my settling into bed usually wakes him up. The dog is so happy when I finally join them that his tail wagging adds to the "unsettling".
Our solution, and we both hate that it has come to this, is to sleep apart a few nights a week. It's not just that sleep correlates with weight loss. It's also one of the most effective factors of healthy aging. There are other less drastic steps the experts advise us to take. A lesser known sleep inducer is tart cherry juice which
contains melatonin, downed before bedtime. I'm going to try that one. Having a personal care routine is said to help, enjoying a mini-snack from this food list, or even having sex. I say, whatever works!
If sleep is a serious issue with you it may be worth checking to see if you have something that can be treated like sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or plain old insomnia. It's very worth seeing a doctor if you suspect any of these conditions.
(P.S. Just found a post on Living The Balanced Life with lots more excellent sleep info! Check it out.)
Share with us what helps you get your zzzzzzzzzzzs. Sleep and be healthy! Sleep and by thin(ner)!
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