Friday, August 23, 2013
I have read a lot about the importance of sleep in a balanced, healthy lifestyle. It impacts every area of my life. When I don't get enough sleep, I get cranky, little things annoy and irritate me. I don't eat as well (sometimes skip meals and get even MORE cranky, annoyed, and irritated and sometimes am tempted to eat more food, less healthy food, and generally just get off balance on my nutrition). I feel less inclined to exercise. I hurt more. I don't think as well. I find it harder to sleep the next night because I am unable to fully relax. I don't drink as much water. My blood sugar and my blood pressure are both more likely to be elevated. I am less likely to meditate, say affirmations, and to remain upbeat or positive. I am more susceptible to illnesses, digestive upsets, headaches, and so forth. I am more likely to get into arguments, disagreements, saying things I don't mean but frankly just blurt out of my mouth because I am so out of sorts. I lack focus and concentration. Lack of adequate sleep does impact weight loss, BUT who the heck CARES about the damage it does to WEIGHT LOSS with all of the other negative effects it has on my body and my life?
The REAL SECRET OF WEIGHT LOSS - is a BALANCED LIFE - my life is a bit out of balance right now, because I am a little low on my sleep. I feel out of sorts and although I kept up my eating, exercise, and most of my other systems in control this week, by today, I found it harder and HARDER to do so. I found myself having trouble staying awake at the Open House at school - my head kept dropping and I was jerking awake as the speaker was talking. I found my blood sugars were elevated a bit - despite lots of steps and plenty of pool time. I KNOW I cannot "catch up" on lost sleep, but I can return my balance a bit by taking time and MAKING SLEEP a priority at least over the weekend.
I didn't lose weight this week and am pretty sure that the combination of stress and the lack of sleep can be blamed. I have to get back on track.
Good night all and have a blessed day tomorrow.