Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eight hours

I simply can't believe the difference eight hours of sleep a night, every night, is making in my life. Why didn't I do this thirty years ago?

For as long as I can remember I've been a night person, and stayed up as late as possible. Every morning was torture for me as I'd drag myself out of bed, feeling more tired than when I'd gone to bed five, four and sometimes even three hours earlier.

In the last two years I've been a night AND a morning person, going to bed at 11pm or midnight or even 1am and getting up at 4:30-5am to hit the gym, almost every week day. Weekends I'd try to "catch up" on sleep. Just for the record, you can't catch up on sleep. It's something you need on a daily basis.

I've literally been walking around in a sleep-deprived state for years. It's a wonder I've even been able to function. It feels so good not being in a physical and mental fog all the time.

The best side effect of eight hours of sleep is how I feel about food. It's not that I don't get hungry, because I certainly get hunger pains and sometimes even get that feeling of "if I don't eat right now I'm going to perish off this earth from starvation". The difference is that I feel mentally stronger to fight the compulsion to overeat. I feel like I actually have some control over what I put in my mouth. My mind is stronger, and I can reason with myself. Who knew?

The only downside of sleeping eight hours every night is there aren't as many hours left to read blogs. I'm falling behind, and I'm not commenting as much these days. That bothers me. I love my readers' comments. They lift me, encourage me, and make me feel like I'm not in this alone. I want to return the favor.

Somehow I need to find more hours in the day. Any suggestions?


Kelsey said...

No suggestions for you on more hours in the day, maybe someone commenting after me will have some for all of us, haha!

I try so hard to put myself to bed at a decent hour but it seems so impossible. But with you talking about how much better you feel and how you feel mentally stronger to take on your food cravings, I really am going to have to try it out!

Keep up the great work, you're amazing. =)

Pamela said...

I wish I knew, Diana! I know I need to get more sleep and more regularly, but there's just too much I want to do and not enough hours in the day! I'm glad you're feeling better, though!

Rettakat said...

Oh noes! I'm no help... I'm just like Kelsey and Pamela... looking for some brilliant ideas myself!

I have this ridiculous fantasy in which I win a gazillion bucks, and hire someone ELSE to do all the grunge work of life, leaving me more free time in the day to do all the stuff I enjoy doing!

Well, I did say it was ridiculous. Sorry I don't have any bright ideas!

Let's hope others do. I am seriously interested. :-)

Ron said...

I try and comment on blogs from my Iphone while driving to and from work!!!! just kidding! Not enough hours in the day for me either.

M Pax said...

You may find a proper night's sleep helpful in taking the weight off. They say it does help. Me, I need 8 hours, or I'm no fun to live with.

I fall behind, too. Some days I only respond to those who commented to me to save time. Still, sometimes I run out of time.

However, I find the comraderie on blogger wonderful. So, I just do what I can.

bbubblyb said...

You know this is what I need too, more sleep. I need to take your example and try it too. I'm so happy it's making life easier for you.

Thanks so much for your comment today too it really helped a lot. You are such a caring person Diana I'm so happy I met you. *hugs my friend*

Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting how some of us (me, for instance!) can confuse hunger with sleepiness. Food is not a good substitute for sleep. Thanks for this helpful reminder!

So glad you are feeling better! You continue to inspire me.

As to getting more hours from the day? Do less housework! :D

Deb said...

I wish I knew how to get more hours in the day. Glad you are getting more sleep. I have been sleep deprived these days as well. I know I felt much better when I was getting a consistent 8 hours. Need to follow your lead for myself!