Monday, June 2, 2014

Battle of the Bulge: Go to Sleep

Sleep is a wonder. In that time when one visualizes themselves, say, showing up for one's own wedding but don't know who one's own chassan is (yes, I have dreamed that) the body is, in essence, regenerating itself, not unlike the Borg. 

The mind and the body is healed through sleep. It is an amazing concept, how when we power down our systems are able to reboot in better working order than before. I always say that the reason for my above-average height is because I was probably the only teenager getting my quota for the night; adolescents need 8.5 to 9+ hours.

Sleep requirements among adults differ depending on the individual; anywhere between 7 to 9 hours. I get about 8 a night; my memory foam mattress pad and blackout shades make it much easier than it used to be. I work my schedule around sleep; I prioritize it, since I know I am pretty much useless if I don't get my nightly quota. 

While I may sometimes get mocked for my sleeping obsession, the benefits outweigh (no pun intended) the scorn. Since, among other things, sleep deprivation can really raise weight gain. 
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One theory is that the hormones that give the feelings of fullness and satisfaction are lowered when the body is sleep deprived, so on days following little shut-eye one may eat anything that is not glued down yet still feel hungry.

For those who set their alarms early so they can go to the gym? I have heard it said that one should rather sleep in instead. In my own case, when the sun starts rising earlier and manages to peak around my blackout curtains, I have been rather sleep-deprived. Guess what? My scale reflects that.
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Via emedicalteam.com
So go to bed on time—every night—and program your kids that poking you in the eye at 4 am is not okay. Mommy has to keep her girlish figure.     

2 comments:

FrumGeek said...

Good luck programming a 2 month old.

Princess Lea said...

You haven't met my sister-in-law. Her babies SLEEP.