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I figured something out....

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I am in the throes of poor menopausal sleep, as well as a sufferer from Restless Leg Syndrome (had a sleep study done and was diagnosed years ago). I've been hot/cold/hot/cold covers on and off, several nights in a row. Last night, I came home from work later than planned and really tired. The rain (it's rainy season here in southwest Florida) hit about the time I was heading home. So instead of the invigorating walk or bike ride, I'd envisioned, I sat my tired achy body down on the couch (the good news is that I'd already put in my hour of strength training first thing in the am). Then I ate my healthy and delicious dinner of grilled salmon, asparagus and carrots....and kept on eating for the rest of the night. I was not eating emotionally, but from being tired, something I've noticed I do over the past few weeks.

I read an article on Sparkpeople today that did state that lack of sleep increases the cortisol hormone in your system and causes you to overeat. It's really an unpleasant feeling. I ate past the level of comfort - just totally overdid it. The good news, is that my calories were low in my range for the day and I didn't eat anything unhealthy. But it did put me way higher than I'd hoped.

So now that I'm on to something here, I just need to figure out some coping mechanisms to combat this. Because when I'm that tired, it's hard to want to get involved in something else. But I'm sure going to try it out. I'm hoping that making jewelry, a quiet but pleasant activity, will help things along.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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    I haven't been diagnosed with RLS but sometimes get jumpy legs and have lots of trouble sleeping, especially at my time of the month. Sometimes ibuprofen at bedtime helps. Yoga and stretching usually help. It seems like the jumpy legs happen when I've been really uptight, either a stressful work day or having to pretend to be a prim and proper lady at something like book club, legs tucked together instead of splayed out like the men are allowed to do. You could try turning off the TV and give yourself a half hour of stretching and reflecting.
    1683 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    I'm right there with you, to the point of exhaustion. I finally went to the doctor and told him I can't function on 4 hours of sleep. He gave me a mild - very low does, to try for 30 days. I'm sleeping more, but still restless sleep. Hoping it will get better as the month wears on.

    It has wreaked havoc with my weight..20 lbs of havoc. Working to get that off again! emoticon
    1684 days ago
    Yoga helps me get ready for sleep. As do string bedtime routines.
    1684 days ago
    This site may help
    1684 days ago
    I found that knitting really helps because it occupies my hands and I don't want to get anything on the yarn.... same with embroidery. I am also amazed by what a glass of warm water or a cup of tea can do for me.
    1684 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Taking a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc supplement helps the restless leg syndrome.
    1684 days ago
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