Sugar and Sleep

Friday, April 05, 2013

So yesterday I had some leftover cake from my birthday and peanut butter MM's. But I guess it's normal to have a relapse, so I'm trying to not let it bother me and just move on, doing better today. I'm trying to not make this into an excuse, but I know that I do need to learn how to eat sweets in moderation. I know I can't live without sweets for forever. And I don't want to. :) But I DO want to live without going on crazy candy binges. I am by no means giving up on my sugar rehab plan, but I think when it gets closer to the end, I'm going to need to make a gradual reintroduction plan so that I don't just fall right back into another crazy binge. I think it really has helped, though, to get a lot of the sugar cravings out of my system and not make me want it so much, and it's helping to break my habit of wanting dessert after dinner.

Another thing I need to work on is sleep. I got this sleep tracking app that supposedly uses the gyroscope function in my phone to detect how much I move at night, which supposedly tells which part of the sleep cycle I'm on. Then it shows you how much sleep you got, a graph of deep sleep versus light sleep, and how efficient your sleep is. I don't really know how accurate this thing is, but it does keep track of when I go to bed and when I wake up. My average bedtime is near midnight and average amount of sleep is 6 hours and 15 minutes. That's not good. I need at least another hour of sleep, if not more. I'm tired and grouchy and impatient most days, plus usually late to work. And I read a Spark article about a very small study that found that a lack of sleep made the particpants' eating hormones off balance and made them feel hungrier the next day. (
sp?id=651) Maybe that's one of my problems? Why I want to eat everything I see sometimes? I don't know, but I'm going to work on getting more sleep.
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    I've been working at my diet (as in, the food I eat, not dieting) for about 18 months, and, at least for me, I don't crave the same stuff I used to. I have 2 bags of chocolate and 3 bags of chips in my house right now... and I don't WANT it. It's not that I can't have it, I can, I just have no desire for it. What I really want right now is some fried shrimp, lol. So if you can control it now, it should be easier later. =)
    1753 days ago
    Don't ever forget that individual peoples sleep needs vary. I have tried for years to fit into an 8 hour sleep pattern, and have come to the conclusion that it is way over what I need. I do best on 5 or 6 hours solid sleep. I'm not tired, and I do not need to nap during the afternoon. I feel ready to go and energised! See my exercise tracker if you don't believe me!
    1753 days ago
    Yea, I need to go cold turkey on the sugar and grains again... it's not been a good week!
    1753 days ago
    A piece of cake and a few M&M's? I wouldn't exactly call that a relapse. Do you feel like you're getting the cravings under control? I think that's really the key.

    And oddly enough, with all I've been going through, I think my sleep has been better than usual. Dan told me that comes from working out. I believe him.

    I also think it has something to do with the fact that I never turn my TV on anymore. I shouldn't say never, but I do often go weeks without turning it on. When I bought my TV, I justified the big expense by telling myself, I don't go out, but I spend a lot of time at home with the TV and therefore I should have a nice TV. But now that I don't spend a lot of time with the TV, I find that I'm less frustrated about not having time to do other things, like going on bike rides or runs or cooking dinner or cleaning up the dishes... or going to bed at a decent time.

    Then again, I still play my DS, so I still have video game time, and I still read and screw around on the computer.

    But it is nice to not feel like a slave to a TV show... dying to see what happens next. I just don't care. I'm happier living my life, rather than watching the lives of others.
    1753 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Nice blog--I'm on day three of no sugar/processed carbs, and it seems to be getting easier, but I don't want to live without sugar forever either, so I want to be able to reintroduce it in a way that is controllable. I'll have to keep checking in on how things are working from you and "steal" some ideas :)
    1753 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    I want to commend you on your progress on sugar intake. This is not an easy thing to do. Although I have my sugar cravings under control I know those feelings. I am now able to have 1 oz. of dark chocolate every day as I plan for it. As far as sleeping, I know when I don't get enough sleep I have to be very careful with my food plan or I will (and have) eat my way through the day. I don't know anything about those gadgets that calculate your sleep patterns. What I do know that has worked for me is stopping any computer/tablet work at least an hour before I go to bed. I also have an app on my tablet with relaxing music that I can set a timer for an hour or two and use this to help me fall asleep. The first time I did this I didn't set the timer, hence it ran all night.....really helped. Wishing you the best of luck on this on going journey. emoticon
    1753 days ago
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