As the evening flew by as every night seems to do…
I look up to see the time of 11:42 PM and and know that I tend to be EXHAUSTED and craving my bed each and every day from 6 AM to 6 PM….
From 6 PM till bedtime (not a set time and therein lies the issue)…I work on the “second half of my day” which I’m sure many of you must do … commuting home, making and/or ordering dinner, cleaning, preparing clothes/schedules/list of errands for the next day and playing hide-and-go seek with the never-ending pile of bills & papers.
Now, all these “second-half of day” activities are cutting into your sleep time!
And, for those of us looking to lose weight as part of our New Year’s Resolution..
We are completely sabotaging ourselves!
The article featured in this link “Lose Weight While You Sleep” from WebMD explains it all .. but simply put .. here are two paragraphs that really stand out to me….
“When you don’t get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food,” Breus tells WebMD.”
“Those who slept less than eight hours a night not only had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin, but they also had a higher level of body fat. What’s more, that level of body fat seemed to correlate with their sleep patterns. Specifically, those who slept the fewest hours per night weighed the most.“
Considering I haven’t slept 8 hours a night on a consistent basis in probably..well, YEARS! .. then NO WONDER I’ve put on enough weight to put the Pillsbury Doughboy to shame!
So, on that note, I’ll let you ponder this article and I’m off to hopefully get some beauty sleep AND lose a few pounds!