I totally agree with this article because up until 10 months ago I was only getting about 2 1/2 hours of sleep a night because of a severe case of sleep apena! During the testing they discovered I quit breathing 114 times in a hour which was affecting my sleep and my heart.
Everyday I would stumble through the day in a fog and I could never seem to get enough to eat, I was always hungry even shortly after I ate! I just kept packing on the pounds. I was so exhausted that it was hard to exercise because of the lack of energy. When I got my CPAP machine and I started sleeping the whole night and getting the rest my body needed, I no longer ate constantly and had more energy to exercise.
Since that time I have lost 31 pounds and I am still going strong. Even though weight loss is never easy it has become so much easier now that I am getting enough sleep!
I'd definitely attest to this. I know I am always much hungrier (or so I think) if I haven't gotten enough sleep. So I always try to get my 7-8 hours of sleep every night which seems to be the perfect amount for me!
9/26/2012 7:45:18 AM
I find that I do snack more when tired. I try to get eight hours a night, but find it easier to do in the winter, when nights are ling and I don't do very much outside.
7/26/2012 4:30:17 AM
I try to go to bed nearly the same time every night. No matter what time I go to bed I usually fall asleep fairly easily but I wake up around 4:30 a.m. and I cannot go back to sleep.
I would love to see them compare what light level people are sleeping under and what sort of effect that has. I've read some pretty convincing evidence that sleep matters for health because it affects neurotransmitter levels due to the amount of light exposure we get every day. Sleeping in a room full of light, then, would be as bad for us as not getting the sleep at all. Something to think about if you're struggling with your weight but have to work swing shift. Could be time to invest in some blackout curtains.
I think sleep is important. Just getting the full 8 hours regularly at this point in my life seems a little out of reach. But I agree about needing regular times that you go to bed like going to bed at 1 am every night and then waking up at 7 am every day.
I gained 25 pounds during a period where I was only getting about four hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, I never saw the research connecting lack of sleep and weight gain until after it happened! Now I know better and am trying to consistently get adequate sleep.
This is good advice for people who are "too busy" to get enough sleep, but there are many people who can't sleep more than 6-7 hours no matter how early we go to bed. And in my case, it's not related to worrying either - I've dealt with that some time ago. I can drop off quite easily but if I get more than 4 hours solid sleep I consider it a good night. Maybe weight loss would be easier if I slept more but how can I force my body to sleep when it doesn't want to?
This is so true. I usually eat more when I lack sleep. My reasoning was to "make up for each hour lost " in order to have enough energy throughout the day and night. Now I get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and no longer feel the need to "make up" for anything.
I know sleep is important, I think I should at least get non-stop sleep 6 hours per night! But I still have this bad habit - sleep around hour 21:00 then wake up around between 23:00 and 00:00 then sleep again (usually because need to move to my bedroom after slept at living room). Or worse, even though I do this properly, somehow my mind can't just shut down, still actively spinning, thinking about something.
I know that sleep is important,and the article hits the nail on the head for me,as i age I don't seem to be able to sleep that much,not more than6 or 7 hrs at night.My stress levels are low,I somtimes lay awake,not able to drift off. My husband drops off in a flash. Warm milk and all that doesn't do it for me LOL. Massages work .
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