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Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss

Sleepless Nights Stop Progress


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Reading this at 2:44 am - because I can't sleep. :p I fall asleep, usually very well, very quickly but I need to get up for the washroom almost every morning around 2 or 3 am. I have very few nights when I can actually sleep all the way through. Also, after getting back to bed, my tooth or teeth started hurting, so I got back up to brush my teeth again. Back to bed, still can't sleep, so now I'm here. My husband and I both also being out of work, the temp agency called a few times the last week or so for me to work night shift after being awake since 2 or 3 am each day - I'm going to practice split shift so that I can work any shift. I'm so tired, I'll be going back to bed soon. Report
I have a terrible problem going to sleep at night. I have tried all of these steps but still cannot get to sleep at night Report
Thank you for this article. I believe that insomnia is the main root of my obesity. Full disclosure: what I put in my mouth is the cause of my obesity. BUT why I overate/eat is another story. From the time my one and only child was born, when I was 34 yo, I slept poorly. Nothing new there but my sleep problems persisted after my child was not a baby. (he had some problems with school which kept me awake but not him. I feel like I attended 4th thru 8th grade twice - once for myself and once with him!) Worrying about kids keep many mothers awake and then comes menopause. I slept about 25 hours a week during mp. Finally my dr. found something to help me but it was a long sleepless haul for me. By the time I started sleeping again I was 100 lbs. overweight. I sleep now but the damage has been done. Get help early, keep searching for it until you sleep and BTW the kids will be fine.
I recently started working nights 4 days a week and have a young son. My husband is supportive, but it is difficult to get good, sound sleep during the day. Any other "shift workers" out there with some good advice for managing an unconventional schedule? Report
I try to get the sleep I need but working two jobs and going to school in addition to taking care of my family doesn't leave me much time. It's usually the weekendwhwen I'm home from both places that I can get a little rest. Is there a way to get the sleep I need and maintan my current pace. Report
Ihave already have sleep apnea and don't use my cpap all the time . I do get more sleep with it. If I don't use it I wake up about every hour. Broken sleep makes you feel like you haven't slept at all. Report
Aww. Reading this article makes me sad! I am suffering from a terrible bout of insomnia (this happened to me about 5 years ago and lasted a little over 2 years) and I don't know what to do to make it better. I don't want this to hinder my progress. Report
I just re-read this article. There is a lot of great information here. But most of all, I really appreciate Spark People's stance on the GI Diet. Report
Very interesting article. I will be looking at my sleep habits very closely now. Report
I am exhausted almost everyday and I get 4 to 5 hours sleep per day. I watch calories and exercise and my weight stays the same, but with my busy schedule I need more than 6 hours of sleep to feel rested. So I don't have any clue what I need to change in order to feel rested and energetic Report
I do all these things and listen to my body, but my body has decided it doesn't need any more than 5-6 hours of sleep. I wake up between 3 and 4am no matter when I go to bed. If I try to go to bed really early, I wake up at 1am. Since I've got lots of energy throughout the day I guess that's just who I am. Report
I didn't realize that my lack of sleep could be assisting in my increase of pounds. Thanks Report
Ah, so I see it was not merely a coincidence that my first 30 lbs. dropped as soon as my insomnia went away! I now realize that jet lag isn't always a bad thing! lol Report
I always eat more when I'm tired or sleepy. I can get to sleep but can't stay asleep. I often eat something to ease the frustration I am feeling and then it seems like I can go back to sleep. Report
This is absolutely true. I never inhale as much junk food as when I'm sleep deprived. I get terribly hungry and crave salt, and I'm just bottomless! Fortunately this has not happened in a while.
I have a friend with sleep apnea, and he never lost weight so fast as right after he got his cpap machine. No diet change, no exercise, just good sleep every night and 20lbs were gone in a flash. Report

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