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Old 06-06-2010, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Sleep?

Hey has anyone noticed that if say they don"t get enough sleep that it effects their weightloss? There was a night this week that I got maybe 5 hours of sleep and my next morning weigh in sucked. I still lost like .something but nothing like I had expected then the next night I got a good 8-9 hours of sleep and the next morning weight was a huge drop. Is that cause my body doesn"t have toime to repair itself and process the weight so to speak. Just a thought floating through my head today. I'm trying to make sure I get enough sleep, but sometimes its hard with DH working overnights basically and me home with the kids all night by myself. gotta run. catch ya later.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh yes, definitely. My hubs works the night shift too, and when I'm tired/stressed, I retain water and I crave starchy junk because my energy's low. Didn't sleep last night myself with all the storms coming through here.
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I remember reading some research that stated that anything less than 7 hours a night does impede weight loss. Whether it is a direct enough relation for any one night to make a difference, I don't know, but over the long haul, shorting yourself in that department isn't doing you any favors on the scale. I know I need to get to 7 hours more regularly.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am not sleeping well at all and it has been an ongoing problem for me for months now. I don't have sleep apnea, my problem is stress-related. I've tried everything from acupuncture to herbal teas to hot baths, nothing has worked for me. After weeks of eating 1400-1600 calories per day plus exercising 5-6 times per week, I have lost a whopping 1.6 pounds. It is incredibly frustrating, to say the least.

I can fall asleep just fine but I only sleep for about 5 or 6 hours and then I wake up and there is no falling back asleep. My doctor says that this is definitely the reason I am not losing weight. I finally agreed to take some sleeping pills but they aren't helping yet - it's been 5 days.

Like Cassie said, sleeping less than 7 hours is not good for weight loss. Basically your body goes into crisis mode and hangs on to the weight for dear life.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is my issue as well. My baby is not sleeping though the night, so I don't get much more than 4 hours in a row. Usually 6 hours tops, but never consecutive.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I sleep 4-5 hours a day and I've never had trouble losing weight. I can say I've noticed very little gains while weight lifting though. I think sleep deprivation affects everyone differently.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Interesting article for those interested in the speculated science behind it: How Sleep Affects Your Weight
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the timely replies everyone. It's good to know and feel that I'm not alone. I'm gonna try to get more sleep but we"ll see how it goes.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a lot of trouble with sleep. It used to be work-stress related, but now it is mostly menopause. (Hot flashes and night sweats have a way of sneaking up on you.)

My best trick for both stress related and hormonal insomnia is to go with it. If after 30 or 40 minutes of tossing and turning I still can't get back to sleep, I get up fix a cup of sleepytime and read for a while. Usually within an hour I am ready to go back to bed. If I stay in bed and try to "force" myself back to sleep I will just get more and more upset and stressed and less and less likely to fall back asleep

Every once in a while I give up all together and just begin my day at 3:30. But that doesn't happen too often.

In any event, lack of sleep definitly affects my weight, but stressing about it probably affect my weight even more.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Very informative article, Cassie! Thanks for sharing.

I am still not sleeping well, despite sleeping pills. I sort of suspected they wouldn't help me much because my problem is not falling asleep it is staying asleep. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night because I was startled by a noise outside. I drifted back to sleep but was up by 5am with the sun, worried my alarm clock didn't work and I was late for work, which was not the case of course.

I am so fed up with all this stressful erratic behavior when I am supposed to be sleeping. I guess I just have to be patient and eventually my mind will go back to normal so that I can relax enough to get a good night's sleep. I get discouraged sometimes because I am doing so much exercise and eating so healthy and just not getting the results on the scale. I won't let myself give up though! I am pushing ahead and eventually the scale will cooperate! I'm determined.
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