A good plan. If you have a sleep partner, you will want to get some information from this person to share with your doctor. Things like tossing, turning, snoring, sleep sounds, etc. As a dietitian, I refer folks often to the sleep lab---often based on what the sleep partner is sharing. Becky
Your first stop is a visit to your doctor and a discussion about the need for a complete SLEEP EVALUATION. You may be getting 7-8 hours of sleep, but is it QUALITY, uninterrupted sleep. MANY people who are overweight/obese have sleep disorders due to the excessive weight. From what you are sharing...I suggest that you see your doctor FIRST! Dietitian Becky
5/13/11 10:11 P
If you are sleepy during the day, you may need more sleep at night. I saw that you said you slept 6 - 7 hours at night, but you may need 8. Other than that, I agree with watching your carb intake. Try to avoid simple carbs like sugary foods, pasta, white bread, etc, and make sure you consume some protein, fiber and healthy fat with your carbs. The protein, fiber and fat will help moderate your blood sugar increase and can help minimize the sleepiness. But please try sleeping a bit more at night and see how that affects your daytime sleepiness.
It is low cal high fiber and yummy. I make a big batch then freeze individual servings. I boost the protein and fat in my lunch by adding a hard boiled egg and half avocado. Keeps me full for about 3.5 hrs.
5/13/11 5:08 P
I'd say you actually can, and would even recommend it (I don't count veggies as my carbs though). But Sparkpeople prefers Conventional Wisdom for its diet advice.
That said, if you want to stick with SP's recommendations, you might be able to just avoid carbs for lunch and balance that for dinner.
For me, I had a bunch of romaine lettuce (with some mayo), an egg, and a couple pieces of chicken for my lunch.
It seems that it doesn't matter what or when I eat - all carbs, mix of carbs & protein, or only simple carbs - within 20 minutes at the latest, I am so sleepy, I can hardly stay awake :-( That is especially difficult at work because I am nodding at my computer. Then I try to snack or drink coffee to keep myself awake :-( I get 6-7 hrs of sleep a night, but I often feel the need to take a nap - sometimes even at 10 a.m. but mostly in the afternoon around 2 or 2:30 p.m. because I can hardly stay awake. Sitting at a computer, I am sure, doesn't help, but it is really starting to affect my life. Do you have any suggestions please?? Thank you!
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