I am so sleep-deprived. I’m like a walking zombie every day.
As one of my most important goals set to achieve this year, the idea of getting 8 hours of sleep a night is increasingly becoming a distant dream.
A big part of my problem is just bad habits. No matter how tired I am, no matter how much I plan to, I still don’t get to bed before midnight on most nights. And that’s really being generous. It’s not uncommon for me to turn off all the lights and hit the sheets in the early hours of one or two o’clock. And then I still have to be up by 6:00 am.
Even if I do get to bed by midnight, I lay there with my eyes wide open, trying to sleep, but sensitive to every sound the house makes. Eventually I might nod off in another hour but I still wake up groggy and do my 5 km walk or run.
Help! Lack of Sleep Keeps You Fat!
Research shows that insufficient sleep suppresses gastrointestinal hormone leptin, resulting in you feeling less satisfied after eating. Lack of sleep also causes a rise in the other hormone, ghrelin, stimulating your appetite and making you want to eat more. In another research at the University of Chicago testing the effects of sleep on weight loss, participants in a controlled study lost almost three times as much fat – though the same amount of overall weight – during the times they slept 7.5 hours compared to when they slept for 5 hours.
I’m practically sabotaging my own plans, then, by only having 4 – 6 hours of sleep per night. And I’m already aware of how great I feel when I do get more zzz’s. Stepping on the scale after a very good night’s sleep on a Friday night can show a deficit of 3 lbs from the previous morning for me!
And what am I doing up so late at night, people often ask me? I have not the slightest idea! I’m up because I enjoy the peace and quiet and this is the only time of day I’m going to get it: when everyone else is gone to bed. I just do whatever I feel like at that time (make that “this time”, as it’s now almost 1:00 am). But now it’s really become an unbreakable habit that I will have to break.
Of course, I feel like crap all day when I don’t sleep properly at night. At the very least, not getting enough sleep can be very detrimental to your health. Your body and mind need to recharge, cells need to regenerate, and your body’s metabolism works more efficiently after a good night’s rest.
I’m really going to have to try that much harder for this one seemingly insurmountable task. So, for the next two weeks, I’m setting the alarm for 10 pm to go to bed. Then hopefully, I can get in by 10:45 pm and be asleep by 11 pm.
Categories: 50 Weeks of Resolutions