The Importance of Sleep
Ok, so duh. We all know sleep is important. I’m not writing to convince anyone of that. I’m writing because I recognized a connection last night between sleep and my eating habits. Rather, how lack of restful sleep affects my eating.
The last few nights I have not slept well at all. My cat has taken to scratching at the bathroom door and slamming it shut for no good reason – typically an hour after I lie down to go to sleep and right when I’m hitting that deep sleep zone. Talk about sleep torture. Then there’s been the wind storms here that cause the trees in the back to creak and snap and things to blow around wildly, sounding like people tapping on the windows, and causing the dogs to wake and bark protectively.
(The cause of my sleeplessness. Sbe looks so innocent. Don’t let those cute green eyes fool you.)
In my Weight Watchers meetings we often talk about recognizing what we eat and when, but I’m still at the stage of learning why I want to eat and recognizing the connection between eating and my emotions. Lately that translates to my emotions when I have not had enough sleep. When I don’t get enough sleep, like many of us, I get cranky. My fibromyalgia flares up and my brain gets foggy. can’t concentrate on anything, I don’t want to do anything, and I seriously don’t want to think about what I’m eating, writing it down, or counting POINTS. I just want to eat, sleep, or cry.
There’s an acronym I learned many years ago and it is HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. When any one or more of those emotions is present, I should stop and fix it.
So, I’ve been tired. I noticed last night that although I have a refrigerator full of healthy foods, cupboards full of ingredients to make a great low POINTS dinner, all I wanted to do was eat ice cream. I probably could have sat and eaten a whole box of Weight Watchers Giant Fudge Bars (my favorite at one point each), but I didn’t. Instead, I had a salad and a baked yam, and went to bed.
After a decent night’s sleep, I feel refreshed and better able to stay on plan with my eating. I also feel like I have more energy to actually get out and walk today (plus, the weather has calmed down.)
I’m not sure if this even makes any sense to anyone, but it was eye opening to me last night. I wanted to choose crap foods because I was tired. Not because I was hungry, bored, stressed, lonely, or any of those other emotions. Simple exhaustion, easily fixed.
Today I’ll be making a version of some sort of chicken stew or soup (sort of making it up) and if it turns out any good, I’ll post it here for you.
On the sewing front, what am I doing? Not much that I can post about. I have some gifts left to make that didn’t get done at Christmas, so I can’t post about those. I’ve also been dreaming of skirts… beautiful dark purple, almost black, boucle skirts, denim skirts. Yummy skirts. For moi.
Stay tuned, my bloggy friends!