Today I am simply exhausted! I have just been going non-stop without much rest and it is all catching up to me. During the week I get an average of 5.5 to 7 hours of sleep. This is not good. I know the typical standard everybody goes by is 8 hours of sleep but I don’t even think that is enough sometimes. I feel really rested at about 9 hours. I just don’t have that kind of time. Even on the weekends everything is go-go-go! The problem is, besides the fact I am walking through life in a constant drowsy state, is that sleep is super important for my weight loss goals.
An article on Web MD by Micheal J. Breus ( Can’t Shed Those Pounds? A lack of zzzzs can affect your ability to lose weight ) suggests that lack of sleep can make you think that you are hungry even when you are not and can cause you not to metabolize your food properly. I can tell you that one of the times I want to snack the most is when I am tired. That is probably when I have the least willpower and ability to make healthy food choices. It is always when I am exhausted and I cannot go to sleep that I just want to stuff my face! You know those times you can’t sleep because it is day time and you’re at work and they would definitely frown upon a mid-morning snooze in your cube. I personally feel like if they let me have that quick nap I would be so much more productive the rest of the day. Seriously though if you are not getting enough sleep at night it just messes up your whole day. Lack of sleep makes you hungry, makes you drink too much caffeine that doesn’t end up helping, and gives you brain fog. It is hard to stay fired up about your healthy choices and exercise when you feel like the walking dead. (Love that show)
So with all that said what I need sleep and more of it! I need to make sleep as big a priority as exercise is for my weight loss. That is definitely going on my goal list. If I am better rested I will be a better Mom, employee and wife for sure.
How much sleep do you get a night? Is it enough? Do you need to make sleep a priority? I would love to hear your thoughts so let me know in the comments. If you like my post you can share it with the social media buttons and you can subscribe with the link below!