Yesterday I wrote about my motivation to find all the lost hours that have disappeared from my life. Sleep seems to be a prime suspect for the theft. I have always been a sound sleeper. I tend to drift off within minutes of hitting the sack. Waking up is another story. The older I get, the harder it has been to wake up easily and feel refreshed. My raw dood diet experiment being a rare exception.
I do sleep long enough (typically 7-8 hours during weekdays and 9 on weekends), so I am sure duration isn’t the issue. I just don’t feel as rested as I should in the morning. I didn’t know there was a technique to sleeping, but there must be! For added motivation to figure out this issue, I came across this article linking sleep and obesity .
“Writing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, Taheri said there was increasing evidence that shortened sleeping times result in metabolic changes that may contribute to obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and heart disease.”
This article focuses on the duration of sleep, but I would imagine the underlying cause is really the quality of the sleep. Could better sleep actually help you lose weight? It makes intuitive sense to me. When I am more rested I tend to:
- Not give in to impulses, relating to food and otherwise
- Have less of a desire for caffeine (which in turn makes me want to eat heavier food)
- Have more energy to exercise
I need to go to “sleep school”!
Out of curiosity, how often do you sleep every night? Weekedays vs weekend? Pls leave a comment on this post to let me know. Thanks!