Sleep Factor.... go figure.
Monday, May 09, 2011
I have been on two teams, both with challenges on them since January. I really enjoy reading about what other people are doing and enjoy the friends I have made on spark people. One of the teams, the San Antonio one has an EPIC challenge. Unfortunately, I was out of town for a day or two and life just got crazy and I forgot to sign up for May BUT, One of our leaders sent out information about sleep and how you need sleep to loose weight.
I have to admit, I really didn't think it was an issue, but I found out by accident. The last week of April I was out of town for a day and two nights. I was at a wonderful hotel in Houston for a conference. I was very busy, but somehow I managed to get 7 hours of sleep 4 nights in a row. I was careful about my eating, but did not get a chance to workout. I was sure that I would have gained that week. But a funny thing happened, I lost weight, the only thing different was the sleep! So, now I am going to try to sleep longer during the night, and go to bed earlier.
I have begun to get really tired on my journey as I keep gaining and losing the same 2 pounds. Perhaps increasing my sleep will help. It's hard though, my internal clock is set to about 5 to 6 hours a night. After that I cannot sleep. I get up and read, work, do laundry or clean. I would never have thought that sleeping would make a difference.