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Working on my sleep using a new app for my phone

Monday, February 11, 2013

I had a pretty good day today. Got up early to take the boys to school and went back to bed around 9:30 until about 1pm since I work tonight. I woke up with a headache (made decaf coffee this morning so I could get more sleep) and finally got myself a small-sized glass of Baha Blast from Taco Bell so I could see if it was a headache due to lack of caffeine. My headache is now gone so I'm guessing that was the cause. Probably should have tried some more coffee but I haven't had a pop in quite awhile and I gave in to my craving. At least the soda was a small size and it didn't put me over on any of my nutritional goals for the day.

I exercised for 10 minutes on my gazelle today and then did my Slim in 6 Ramp it Up exercise DVD (48 minutes). I think I only did my slim in 6 exercise dvd a couple times during the month of January and I really missed it. I really worked up a sweat and hopefully it will keep me energized tonight at work.

In a round about way while I was talking to my Chiropractor last week I learned about an App for the I-phone. I have only add free apps to my phone so far but my Chiropractor steered me to an app that he uses and recommends his patients use when they are trying to improve their sleep. Since I work the 3rd shift I have many sleep issues that affect other aspects of my life. It's been shown that lack of sleep leads to many other problems down the road.

I've worked the night shift for 22 years now. During that time I've had 3 children, gained and lost many pounds and started to show symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Increased blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight gain being some of them. 3-4 years ago my doctor was beginning to worry about my higher blood sugar levels and I was on the verge of pre-diabetes. My paternal grandmother had diabetes among many other medical problems and I didn't want to find myself in the same position so I began working on increasing my exercise and finally found my way to SparkPeople while researching how to calculate the calorie count of some of the foods that I eat.

SparkPeople has helped me get my nutrition goals figured out and helped me venture into a lot of different physical fitness areas. I have found that I enjoy running again, along with walking, strength training and a bunch of different exercise DVD's to diversify my exercising options. All are fantastic strides and I'm slowly making my way back down the scale, along with smaller and smaller clothes.

One thing I've really struggled with is to get enough sleep. I average 5-7 hours of sleep per night/day and I know that the quality of sleep is often pretty poor. Anyone that works odd shifts knows that it's hard to get woke up in the middle of your sleep and then get back into a deep, restful sleep again. I mean, really, my family and friends know that I work nights and I still get phone calls in the middle of the day that wake me up. I've been known to get upset at telemarketers (and feel bad about it later) and have even asked them if I could have their home number so I can call them at about 3am to ask them a question because that's what it's like when they wake me up during the day!

This app my chiropractor pointed me to is called Sleep Cycle (cost me $0.99) and it seems pretty nifty. I plug my phone in, turn on the app and lay my phone face-down under my sheet in the upper (outer) corner of my bed. It somehow uses something in the iphone called an accelerometer and it monitors my movement to see what sleep state I'm in during the night (or day). It can also measure how well I slept once I've used it for 5 nights of sleep. I'm really interested in seeing the quality of my sleep. I've used it 2 nights and then during my 3-1/2 hr nap today.
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    Let us know how the app works. I may have to look into it... Have a great day!
    1836 days ago
    That's so cool... hope it works out for you!

    You might want to try magnesium for your caffiene headaches.
    I blogged about it recently... made this discovery accidentally.

    I use Magnesium Citrate at the 100mg dose.

    Best to you, girl!
    Thx for sharing.

    : )
    1836 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    I hope that app can help you get more restful sleep! My FitBit tracks my sleep and I love it!
    1836 days ago
  • IONA72
    I have worked shifts all my working life, no regular pattern all kinds of hours and I can really appreciate your sleep issues. Luckily for me my shifts are a lot more civilised now and no more night working. Hope the app helps you, how did we live without the iPhone!!
    1837 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 3:02:21 AM
    I struggle with getting enough sleep, and this month it's worse, since I have to stay up till midnight each night to give my dog her pain meds. I will have to see about aps for my phone, that's a good idea!
    1837 days ago
    I worked shifts so many times in the past, often changing from days, evenings and nights several times during the same week. Talk about my body being confused, LOL.

    That's an interesting app. I will be interested to see how it works for you!
    1837 days ago
    That sounds really interesting! Hope it helps improve your sleep. :)
    1837 days ago

    Yes third shift is hard on ones body, I know I also work the third shift. I do not have a phone in my room. Family knows they have to come to home if important. I have the fitbit which measures my sleep and I sleep better during the day than night. Good luck on improving your sleep.
    1837 days ago
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