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?