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MARUKI52 Posts: 1,848
10/25/12 3:07 P

Thank you to all who have replied.

As far as the sunshine aspect goes we had 2.1/2 days of fog here and before that rain with cloudy skies. Today has dawned cloudy again and has been so all day. No sign of the sun at all. Poor daylight, yes, but not much more than that. The weather forecast is for it to become colder but brighter which will be most welcome.

The thing that really got me was the fact that it was both my other half and myself who was not sleeping....we both just couldn't go to sleep at night. This is most unusual for my other half, less so for me although since joining Spark and up until I had the virus I had found the exercising that I was doing had made a great impact on my sleeping habits, in a good way of course.

I think ARCHEMEDSII may have hit upon something that, in previous years, I have thought about and that is SAD. I think I will revisit this condition and see what can be done to alleviate it as this is a possibility.

As far as stress is concerned, yes I have been under quite a bit of stress recently so this could be an aspect of what has happened. I know that I am an "emotional eater" from past experience.

As for what I eat at night, I have been eating later that I normally do and I know I cannot eat anything spicey in the evening (such as chillie etc.) and we do tend to have our main meal in the evening.

I can see I will have to make adjustments in a number of areas to bring me back to a better position. Thanks to you all who have answered my message and made suggestions. It has helped me see the situation in a more rational light.

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10/25/12 1:41 P


Don't beat yourself up because you didn't eat as healthfully as you wanted. One less than perfect day of eating will NOT make or break your healthy lifestyle. You mentioned that you had a virus in July. Have you had problems sleeping since then ? If so, have you talked to your doctor about your sleeping problems ? If not, you should. As the others already noted, there are many different reasons medical or otherwise that can reek havoc with our sleep.

When we don't get enough sleep, our bodies may crave carbs for that quick burst of energy. You might want to read this article on carb cravings and lack of sleep.

Are you under any unusual stress ? are you having problems with family, spouse, school, work, etc... ? excess stress and anxiety can make it difficult to sleep. If you're under a lot of stress, you need to find ways to reduce your stress. I'm a firm believer that if a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. Stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain.

How many hours of sleep do you get a night ? If you haven't had a physical in a long time, get one done. Talk to your doctor to see if there may be a medical cause for your sleep issues. As you've seen, lack of sleep can cause a lot of different problems. And something else to talk to your doctor about would be "seasonal depression" aka seasonal affective disorder. Some people are effected by the cold, lack of light, etc...

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 10/25/2012 (13:43)
SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
10/24/12 5:19 P

Most sleep deprived people don't snack on fruits and vegetables and they tend to crave high-carbohydrate foods, such as salty, fatty potato chips.

Too little sleep can raise your diabetes risk. If you already have diabetes, sleep loss can undermine blood sugar control

Get some sunshine during the day. Sunshine drives your body to produce melatonin, which is needed for sleep. You can also take melatonin supplements.

Eating a high-protein meal without accompanying carbohydrates may keep you awake, since protein-rich foods also contain the amino acid, tyrosine, which perks up the brain

These are foods high in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan:
cottage cheese, cheese, Seafood, Meats, Poultry, Whole grains, Beans, Rice, Hummus, Lentils, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Eggs, Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

Seasame seeds contain sesamolin and sesamin which helps lower and prevent high blood pressure and cholesterol. They have Oleic acid which helps to lower LDLor "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" in the blood...I put them on veggies, in my oatmeal and cereal, in the cottage cheese, etc.

Try Chamolie tea as it acts as a carmative before bedtime

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10/24/12 4:47 P


Sleep issues can be caused by a number of things from stress to the amount of caffeine one consumes, to hormones, etc, so if you have not been able to pinpoint a cause, you may just want to pass this by your doc and see what he/she has to say.

Changing life-long habits takes dedication, determination, and most of all time. So many of us have made unhealthy habits such a big part of our life that it is going to take more than a few weeks to truly integrate the new habits into our lives so that we no longer have to think we just do.

If you look at this journey as a quick means to get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to the way you used to live, you will not keep it off for long.

Just by making small permanent changes into your life can lead to big results down the road. There is no place for perfection in this journey we call healthy living. One oopsie moment doesn't mean we have blown it for the day...we always have the opportunity to make healthy choices any time.

Every day brings the opportunity of new beginnings...if you fall, pick yourself back up and carry on and know that your SparkPeople friends are here to help you along.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

MARUKI52 Posts: 1,848
10/24/12 4:26 P

I cannot blame anyone else for the disaster that has been today. I put it down to lack of sleep. For the past week I just haven't been able to go to sleep at night. Been lying awake at night for hours and hours, literally. Sometimes I get up and go back to bed just before dawn and then sleep for a couple of hours. It's not only me but the other half has been having the same problem too, this is very unusual for him as normally he goes to sleep quickly. We have both been wondering what can possibly be causing this problem to BOTH of us at the same time. It's just weird.

Anyway the circumstances have culminated in me making really bad choices for my nutrition today partly because I was not thinking straight today, being so tired, and partly because (as far as our pudding was concerned today) I just wanted to get something to have that required no thought or effort. Wrong move!

However, since I am so very tired and low at the moment I refuse to let it stress me out as I think this is probably a mistake that many people would make in the same situation. Adding this as another stress to my already depleted energy system would not help anyway and might make things worse. Even writing this I am finding it difficult as I find I am using the wrong words and keep having to go back and change them! A sign of just how tired I am....

The only upside of all this is that I can truthfully say that I really enjoyed my Tarte au Citron (lemon tart) this evening as it has been such a long time since I had a slice and it was delicious.

So.......I have been backsliding in a very big way recently....ever since a virus thing I had in mid-July. I desperately want to get back on track but am finding it difficult. It was so much easier when we had the lighter days (there's been fog here all day for 2.1/2 days which has been awful as I can't go out in such weather because of a chest problem). Since the days have shortened I really seem to be in trouble and next week the clocks change so it will be darker still earlier in the evening. I am just not looking forward to that at all.

When you don't sleep at night it can be tough getting the energy to do all the things you need or want to do. I really hope this "phase" will not go on for too long otherwise I am seriously thinking of joining the animals in their hibernation this year. That way I will only eat when I wake up and can spend the rest of the autumn/winter tucked up in my bed! emoticon It's quite likely, then, that all the weight I would like to lose will disappear of it's own accord and, having so much sleep, I will awake in the spring refreshed and raring to go! emoticon

Any suggestion on ways to get back on track or what could be causing the sleep problems would be appreciated.

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