Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Day 2483 - Get more sleep and you might lose weight!

How much sleep do you get each night?

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I'm a good sleeper.  I usually get my 8 hours a night and even though I wake up before dawn, I'm rarely feeling sleep deprived.  Except for when I'm in a fibromyalgia relapse where I experience chronic fatigue, but that's a story for another day.

I'm not much into night time, so it doesn't bother me going to bed early.  The kids and I are usually in our PJs with lights turned down low by 8.00pm.  I can pretty much guarantee I'll be asleep around 9 o'clock.

I like my sleep. But as soon as the promise of a new day dawns, I'm out of there! Seize the day and all that.  I'm not into laying about in bed all morning.  I rarely sleep in.  I mean, I wish I could from time to time, it sounds like a great way to spend a weekend.  But there's something in me that makes me want to get the most out of the day.



We've always known that sleep is good for us.  Gotta get our "beauty sleep".  Lack of sleep definitely changes my tolerance levels and can actually trigger a fibro episode.

It turns out that a lack of sleep can also impact our weight.

Researchers at Monash University have found that women who don't experience a good night sleep tend to reach for fattier foods the next day.  Particularly those women of child bearing age.

They tested 7000 women aged in their early 30s and discovered that those who only got around 6 hours sleep per night tended to opt for more daily kilojoules from fat and saturated fat.  Overall the study linked sleeping problems with heavier weight and worse mental and physical health.

How much sleep do you get each night?

Do you see a change in eating habits when sleep deprived?

Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Information source: Monash University study as reported in Woman's Weekly Magazine August 2016 

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17 comments :

  1. I wish I got more sleep and interestlingly I do tend to opt for more fattier foods when I've had a bad nights sleep. I get 6-8 most nights... depending if my girls let me.

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  2. I don't get anywhere near enough sleep during the week. I'm a night owl who struggles to get into a proper routine.

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  3. Well there's my problem! I'm only get 6 to 6.5 hours a night. No wonder I want carbs carbs and more carbs during the day. I'm a morning person too. I can't stand to lie around in bed :)

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  4. No I'm not a big sleeper but when I need it, i need it. I am usually in bed by 11pm and up around 5:30am. I like to be awake as long as possible

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  5. I am sleeping better that I have ever slept in my life at the moment. 8-12 hours. It's true bliss. I have always been a morning person but lately, I have decided to relax a bit more and become more of a brunch type. It's wonderful!

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  6. I'm both a early bird and night owl, which means I only get about 7 hours a night. But, usually that's enough. Any less though and I get really overtired. But I don't think it affects my eating. Well, not that I've noticed!

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  7. Sounds like you're a real morning person! I am too but with little little people I tend to stay up too late trying to have some me time and then I never get enough sleep because I have said little people waking me up at regular intervals. I'm lucky to get 5 broken hours of sleep most nights. It's terribly unhealthy. It's bad for more mental health, and yes bad for my eating habits. I often say if I can't get sleep I can't go without chocolate!

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  8. Ahhhh yes ... sleep! I think my age has something to do with recent changes in that department. I used to be a night owl and not like mornings. I am the opposite now. In bed by 10:30 (not as early as you!) and up early. I like to seize the day too. Cannot sleep in anymore. Sadly, I do suffer bouts of insomnia - it comes and goes. I seem to be sleeping ok at the moment *touch wood*. :-)

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  9. I adore sleep but never get enough. It's a shift worker problem and definitely adds on the kilos!

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  10. I find I get off to sleep pretty well but tend to wake. I'm using the middle-of-the-night wake up more productively - sometimes I get up and go outside to stare at the stars, other times I get quite creative. Poor sleep and bad food definitely go together for me.

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  11. I really notice a difference in how I eat when I sleep poorly. I get hungry more often and tend to reach for all the sugary foods to keep me awake.

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  12. I am eating rubbish all the time at the moment and part of that is related to my sleeping. I am much better if I do get up and going earlier in the day even if I feel like I need a sleep in if I am moving earlier I feel better all day long if that makes sense. I get between 6-8hrs sleep a night xoxo

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  13. Definitely hungrier when tired and weaker in the will-power department - certainly something in it

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  14. We are polar opposites then Leanne! I usually don't go to bed til 10.30 - 11.30. Awake at 7 - 7.30 (but could happily sleep in til 10). So I'm getting a good 8 hours most nights. But I do love me a nanna nap of about an hour too, happily I often get to snatch one as I work from home :-). I definitely have to go go bed earlier on days when I don't have one.

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

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  15. I enjoy sleep but I'm a night owl and sometimes have insomnia so my sleep needs tend to be more the morning than night - which isn't always possible with a three year old in the house - having said that, she's not too early a riser which is good!

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  16. Hi there, I went to bed at 9pm last night and woke at 7am, the best night's sleep I have had for years and years and years... have had a few sleepless nights recently... feel so good today. xx

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  17. I get 7-8 but I need a bit more, and to work on my environment before bed.

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