I find that when I don't get enough sleep, I am much less successful at losing weight. Being tired causes me to make poorer choices in food. I am tired and don't feel as great as I could and choose comfort foods when I know I shouldn't, and lose sight of my goals/motivation. Being tired also causes me to be more negative emotionally, which again leads to doubting myself, comfort foods or snacks that I know I don't need. Get your 8 hours of sleep!
I have been listening to free hypnosis/meditation apps on my iPhone every night when I go to sleep. It helps me focus on my breathing and relaxation for several minutes every night. I am amazed at how much better my sleep is! It has definitely helped to reduce stress. It took about 2 weeks to get used to it, but it's definitely worth it. Test the apps to find the message/voice/music (or not) that works for you.
6 years ago I spent two weeks in bed & 4 weeks out of work with cranial shingles. It took 6 months to feel back in the game and I still have to manage the symptoms. Culprit-stress! I was only 43. I have taken several steps to reduce & manage stress. Besides a better diet, more exercise, & reduced commute days by working from home more, enough SLEEP has been critical. I even track my sleep in "other goals" on SP. 8 hours/night at least 5 nights/week & no less than 7 on the other 2.
After daily weighing for a while, I've really noticed that I lose weight after a good night's sleep. So to avoid night time eating, DH & I go to bed earlier. We say, "Off to lose some weight" as we go to bed. I used to hate going to bed, now I am happy to take myself off.
First thing in the a.m., 10 minutes just moving your body before you do anything else sets a base to build on for the day. I've been starting each a.m.with my pedometer on, me-time for 10 minutes, jogging, dancing or walking in place while I do upper body & core routines-
After coming home from work or errands - force yourself to take a 15-20 minute nap. The point is less sleeping and more putting your legs up and relaxing. Afterward you will have twice as much energy to do projects, and move faster. Later in the evening if you feel like snacking just go to bed. My body demands food when it is tired, and giving it a rest is a better way to add energy than sugar.
Turn computer & TV off 1 hour before going to sleep. Take one 3mg melatonin (ask your dr. first!) after turning off computer/TV. Take a cool shower (lowers your body temp. which is necessary for sleep). Read a book for 20 or 30 minutes. Have white noise (like a fan) in your room to drown out any outside noises. Wear a sleep mask to block out light. My "recipe" (most of which was recommended by my doc) works like a charm for this "former" insomniac. :-) Sleep tight!
I often have a terrible time falling asleep...which means I don't get enough, leading to overeating and no exercise the next day. Something that REALLY helps me is a stretching yoga routine--only 10 minutes--right before bed. It's relaxing and gives me a good stretch at the end of the day. I usually fall asleep quickly after that!
As you lay down to sleep, start breathing in long slow breaths (in & out). As you breathe in, think to yourself , "Wealth". As you breath out, think "Success". I imagine good things coming to me and happiness and imagine that positive energy going out.
For awhile, having my email accessible right by the bed, I would check new mail during a middle-of-the-night wake-up. What a mistake! Several times, the content of an email would get my mind whirling leading to sleeplessness. Therefore, I now refuse to look at email from bedtime to wakeup time in the morning and my sleep has been much better as a result.
Because of restricted calories for weight-loss goals, hunger used to keep me awake in the middle of the night. Now I budget calories for a nutrition bar during a middle of the night wake-up. I fall right back to sleep afterwards.
I have noticed that every time I decide to skimp on sleep to get something done, I have ALWAYS paid for it later! Not only that, it usually makes matters worse the next day. This is especially true with exams, writing, and mentally taxing projects. No matter how important the other thing is, I always try to make sleep a priority which leaves me fresh and ready to tackle the problem another day.
I have horrible problems sleeping: I struggle to get six hours, and even those aren't quality. I wake tired and often in a bad mood. I've found that if I work out for at least 20 minutes before bed (about an hour to ninety minutes before), I sleep soundly and I wake rested and energized in the morning. Even sleeping pills couldn't do that for me!
I read a few articles that said not getting enough sleep or getting to much sleep will cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss. Apparently, this is esp. true for women 30+. The articles said that 8-9 hrs was optimum and that those who regularly slept that amount and at the same time each night would be able to loose and maintain their weight the best. This was something I had never incorporated in my previous endeavors to loose weight.
If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, try a Cinnamon-Milk Toddy!
1-Eat for purpose: With the exception of special occasions, the food I eat has 2 purposes. The first is to fuel my body so I can feel good throughout the day. The second is to sustain it throughout my life. I want to meet my grandbaby's one day.
Every night when I hop into bed I put my Ipod earbuds in and listen to motivating podcasts like fat2fitradio or Jillian Michales.
It does really works.
Sex has many purposes:
I didn't realize that I was hindering my own success by not getting enough rest. At first I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should drink more water." The weight came off slowly, but when I actually started going to bed at a decent hour the weight dropped off with the quickness!!!!
Go to bed early as you can. My boyfriend loves to eat and snack at night, and I find myself eating more than he does! The longer you stay awake, the more tempting it is to snack on useless junk. Go to bed before 11pm if possible. Beauty sleep isn't just for your face, but for your body too =).
It sounds simple, but the key is SLEEP! I make it a priority to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night, and this helps me avoid illness, make better choices, and even maintain weight if I'm not eating all that well. I find that I gain weight when I don't sleep enough. Bonus? If you're sleeping, you can't eat! Automatic caloric deficit :)
My hypnotherapist shared this with me and it changed everything! Eat a SMALL dinner, no later than 6pm. Don't eat after 6pm.