Breaking a Sweat in My Sleep – Sleep IS Really Good For You

Sleeping Beauty – Not!

I get up early, between 5:30 and 6:30 am. I wish I could sleep in. But it doesn’t happen. No one makes me get up. I’m not working right now so there is no reason to get up early. The alarm isn’t even on. I just wake up and once I’m awake, I’m not able to just lay in bed, I have to  get up. It’s a curse. I usually stay up after 10 pm to read. For example, I was reading until midnight last night and was up at 6 am. I function perfectly well on six hours of sleep. Or at least I thought I did. Now, there’s “scientific research” that says if you don’t get enough sleep you will gain weight or stay obese. Something about our “prefrontal cortex” and the lack of control over our eating and craving etc. Everyone (meaning healthy and skinny people) need a FULL seven to eight hours of sleep.

Seriously, they just talked about it on the radio and now Sparks People sent just me an article this morning on 8 Ways to Make Sleep Healthy for You. (Click and it should link) Diabetes, Chronic Stress, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, Depression, Insomnia; all these things can be caused or made worse by not getting enough sleep. Sigh!

I don’t have insomnia. I’m just not that tired. If I exercise at night it actually pumps me up and I take longer to calm down from all the good chemicals my body makes. I don’t take long to go to sleep and I feel rested when I wake up. In fact I consider it sleeping in if I get up AFTER 6 am. I never thought I would have to work on sleeping!

And sleeping brings out a whole new set of issues  I’m at that “certain” time of life. My body is going through some changes. I remember when “breaking a sweat” meant you had exercised enough so that you sweated. Well, at my age and stage in life – not so much. Sleeping makes me sweat. I hope I’m losing weight because of it, but I don’t think so.

I sleep in a sleeveless nightie. I only have a sheet then the duvet. I even sleep with one foot (sometimes the whole leg) out of the covers. If Norm would let me, I’d have the window open all winter. Of course the duvet is down-filled so it keeps heat in but it also is supposed to “breathe” and I’m not supposed to get over-heated. “HA!” I say, “Ha!”

It can be 60F (15C) in the house at bedtime and I still get so hot you’d think it was 95F(32C) and 100% humidity. I’m supposed to think of hot flashes as “power surges” but at night it’s hard to see the benefit except that we’re saving a fortune on the heating bill. Waking up soaking wet is so gross. And once I wake up in the middle of the night, I know I am going to have to make a visit to the toilet. I try to fight it and go back to sleep but I might as well get up; pee; go back to bed; try to get comfortable without waking Norm: pull some of the covers back from him and pffft; I’m back to sleep.

Oh well, I guess I should be grateful (yes, I’m shoulding on myself) and hope I’m burning calories in my menopausal madness and not breathing in the calories (pounds) Norm is breathing out in his 8 hours of sleep. It’s hard enough trying try to fit in food journalling, an hour of exercise (in the hair, remember) and now I have to work on more hours of sleep. Sigh. I’ll work on it.  Thanks for listening. 😀 Diane

~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on May 11, 2012.

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