Monday, June 11, 2012
Lack of sleep can lead to our brain's reward center being more turned on by junk food than if we're well rested:
Considering my chronic lack of sleep and my vulnerability to junk this past weekend, I can attest that this might be true.
One of the things I think I want to add to my list of goals is to get 8 hours of sleep a night. This is a huge lifestyle change for me, since I'm lucky if I get 6.6-7. Sleeping late on weekends doesn't make up for it, either.
I should live in a siesta country, because I'm very chipper first thing in the morning, then get sluggish from 2-8, then get a second wind and don't WANT to go to sleep until at least midnight or later. If I try to make myself go to sleep at 10, I lie around grumpy for two hours.
This will be a challenge! If I want to exercise first thing in the morning - and I do - then I'm going to need to wake up at 5:45-6:00am, which means I am going to have to be in bed at 10, and ready to sleep. Since I don't get home from work until almost 6, and we don't have dinner until about 7, that only leaves me three hours to do anything I'd like to do at home. I'm already annoyed and I'm not even lying in bed wishing I was sleeping!
HOWEVER, no important lifestyle changes are all that easy...but something like this would be worth it. Maybe I'll just give it a shot tonight to see what happens, and maybe I'll think positively about it since I'm doing it for the most awesome of reasons...to get my exercise in first thing in the morning so the most important thing I do all day gets done first. Plus, I'm always in such a good mood after exercising in the morning. We'll see what happens!