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I Need To Sleep!

Monday, April 21, 2014

One of my Spark Teams does weekly non-scale challenges, which is nice. They give me a sense of accomplishment even when the scale and I aren't getting along, as well as keep me focused in my journey to better health.

This week's challenge, in addition to other things like huddling and supporting teammates, is to get 7 hours of sleep per night. This one will be rough for me. I sleep like a baby...a newborn baby...2-4 hours at a time! emoticon I'm on another team that did Bingo; the SLEEP square was the only one I missed! Yeah, I should probably get that checked out if it persists.

I've never been a morning person--I am a night owl. I'm trying to change that because I waste so much of my daylight hours lounging and feeling tired, then I get nothing done, and I need to exercise late, which keeps me up; a vicious cycle. My team's leader posted two articles on sleep. Very eye-opening! I knew lack of sleep was likely affecting my weight because I lacked energy and felt hungry, but it affects so much more! Here are links to the articles; I recommend reading them.



I need to get my sleep patterns regulated! I'm going to try melatonin first to help me drift off more easily, and will add antihistamine sleep aids if needed at first. I'm going to force myself to eat breakfast (I'm really bad about that), either with the kids or just after they leave if we're running late. I'm going to make myself get to the gym before 11 so that I have time to exercise, shower, and eat lunch (another thing I slack on) before getting the kids. Hopefully this will help me regulate my sleep patterns. If not, after a month, if I cant sleep through the night without sleep aids (except melatonin--I mean the antihistamine--it doesn't give me restful sleep), I'll have to see a doctor.

I'm also thinking about getting a daily planner, like the one I used when I worked in the grown-up world! Lol! Seriously, maybe if I physically scheduled times for waking, meals, exercise, specific chores, free time, and, of course BEDTIME, I'd be better able to actually use my waking hours fully, cut my stress, get organized, and sleep well. I'll have to work up to that...baby steps!

I've taken my melatonin, and am off to beddie-bye! Here's hoping!! Sweet dreams, fellow Spark Friends! emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD13961612
    All great ideas: using a planner works very well for me, I also think that eating breakfast and exercising in the morning are very good. They work for me, anyway (though being a morning person I could not skip breakfast, at all).
    Maybe agree with yourself to tackle one of those things first and try it for x days / weeks before you add another goal. Don't try to do too much at once!
    I made an 'other goal' that says 'in bed before 10.30 pm' and anoter that says 'in bed before 11.30 pm'. This way I can still make the second goal also if I can't make the first.
    2508 days ago
    Hope you got some sleep. Thanks for sharing the articles.
    2509 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    I'm like you, I get plenty of bed time but sleep doesn't always follow. 2 hours and my eyes pop open, lay there for awhile then sleep another few hours! Didn't realize how restless my sleep was until I got a FitBit. Good luck with your melatonin, I hope it works for you!
    2510 days ago
    Your blog shows that you are considering this area of health. Wishing you sweet dreams.
    2510 days ago
    I'm the other way around - I'm strongest in the morning, but that means my energy level really, *really* peters out relatively early in the evening, which plays nothing but havoc with any idea of a "night life" - plans out with family, or even solo desires, have been kicked to the curb for no other reason than I would just decide "I'm not feelin' like goin' out"........

    All that being said, I'm thinking that a good balance for the day is probably even more important to well-being, and I've made that my major goal for the year (other than the obvious loss of a few pesky pounds).......

    Good luck with that melatonin!
    2511 days ago
    Rest well...

    2511 days ago
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