Saturday, April 10, 2010

Getting Out Of The Sleeper Hold

After pulling an all-nighter yesterday one would think that I would have headed to bed early tonight to make up for my severe lack of rest. Wrong! Sigh… I did manage to have a two hour nap right after my last post though. At least I was not working on zero shut-eye throughout the day, although it was close enough to nothing to sap my energy levels pretty completely.

I did, however, manage to complete yet another massive task and can successfully tick another project off my list. At least I am being productive! Still, I really do need to get better about my sleeping patterns. They are not horrible consistently, but these periodic bouts of severe unrest have been popping up more and more frequently. It wouldn’t bother me quite so much if I didn’t know that sleep is a major factor in leading a healthy life. I am doing well on the food and exercise (although my workout was frustratingly non-existent for the second day in a row due to my lack of time and, now, energy), but I seem to be finding myself giving up adequate rest a lot lately.

I know that when I am physically worn down that I am more likely to feel emotionally and mentally fatigued, and that seems to be a big trigger to overeating for me. So, why am I repeating such potentially damaging behaviors? It shouldn’t be this hard to get a good night’s sleep.

On the plus side, the two projects that I just finished really will lighten the load a bit. I still have a number of things on the go that all need attention, but there are less specific deadlines attached to them. Hopefully, not feeling the time crunch as much will allow me to go to bed at a decent hour rather than working into the wee hours trying to get stuff done. Speaking of which…

- 8 glasses of water
- 1 pan-fried banana and light peanut butter wrap on a soft tortilla shell
- 3/4 cup fat free peach yogurt with 1 cup Fiber 1 honey clusters cereal
- 1 bite of a chocolate crunch cereal bar
- 2 1/2 cups heated tuna salad with grated cheese, grated zucchini, green onion, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 large golden delicious apple with cinnamon
- 4 cups salad with shrimp, lettuce, tomato, green pepper, celery, carrot, and Italian dressing
- 1 fortune cookie

- 30 stomach crunches


  1. When I get wound-up like that, I just let it play itself out...
    There's bound to be an end in sight!
    A "good night's sleep" is important, yes,
    but we can't always do it by clock....
    Especially when our body's clock says something else!
    Hope you're sleeping now!

  2. My body has no idea when it's supposed to sleep. Hopefully, your body will give it up, and allow you to unwind soon. Good luck to you.

  3. Jeez ... all these deadlines... I didn't even know you worked. I've been reading for a long time and didn't think you worked. Must have missed that somewhere along the way. Yes you definitely need sleep but you've done so well on this weight loss journey that you're probably so much more energetic and not feeling that you need so much. Although pulling alnighters can just about kill you for a few days after. Don't worry, you'll get back into it soon.

  4. Yes, when the mind gets frustrated, it can really hurt us with our health goals.. be careful & get that rest! Maybe you can take some things off your plate.. any chance of saying NO to some of these things??? Emotional & mental fatigue ain't good for us! Just trying to be on your side! :-)

  5. Well, I got a much better night's sleep last night than on Thursday evening, so I am feeling a bit better!

    279, the deadlines weren't for work! I was editing a book manuscript for a friend and tying up all the loose ends on the Cards 4 Cancer event I am volunteering as a Team Leader for. Trust me, I am one busy woman in my personal life!!! Lol!

    Jody, you are right - I totally overcommit myself. But, I do so love all of what I do! ;)