Thursday, February 16, 2012
How important is sleep to weight loss?
When I got married, my habits didn't change much. The Mr would be knocked out on the couch by 10pm (nowadays it's between 9:30-10pm because he's a wuss. HA!) and I would be heading up to bed at midnight. It's still that way. We get upstairs and he goes right back to sleep while I need to have the Golden Girls on as my nightly ritual. I typically turn the tv off around 12:30am and I get up at 7am when he's done in the bathroom. So I get at least 6 to 6 1/2 hours of sleep per night If I get 8 hours on the weekend. I'm totally screwed. I feel horrible, my back will hurt, I feel more tired than if I got 6 hours of sleep and I just feel like crap all day.
It's hard not to see the articles all around you touting how you need to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night for your body to lose weight. But is an hour or 90 minutes really that far off that it could have a negative impact on my weight loss? I've visited this subject before but I just cannot get into gear to get to bed earlier. It's hereditary I think because my mom is the same way. I want to try this but I find if I go to bed when I'm not tired I sit there thinking, my mind starts racing then I end up with insomnia because I can't shut my mind off.
Has anyone purposely slept longer to aid in weight loss and saw success or did your weight stay the same?
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