Week 3: Sleep 7-8 Hours

We’re on to week 3, guys!  Now that we’ve jump started our exercise, everyone should be feeling pretty good!  How did the high intensity workouts go?  I usually have a hard time finding creative workouts if I can’t get to a gym or out to run.  But, I kept up on my Piit28 workouts for the past several weeks and have felt so strong!  Then I started feeling sick.  It’s like one thing after another over here!  But this week things are back to normal and I’m looking forward to doing all the challenges simultaneously: no sweets, HIIT workouts aaaand…. SLEEP!

WEEK THREE CHALLENGE

Sleep 7-8 hours

I am THE worst at this lately.  I feel like I can never really truly relax until my kids are in bed.  That means that if everyone isn’t down until 8:30 or 9, then they’re not asleep until after 9 or 9:30 and then I’m up until 11:30 or 12 sewing, cleaning, getting projects done or just zoning out in front of the TV.

If I don’t get that time to myself, I become a very cranky individual. In fact, Luke can tell you about a fit or two I’ve thrown when he wants us to go to bed early and I’m not  done “relaxing” 🙂

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Don’t you wish you could sleep this soundly every night??


Not getting enough sleep really takes its toll on you.  I should know!  Also, when exercising regularly, your body needs adequate rest in order to build muscle.  You might think that running yourself ragged would burn more calories but instead you just get burnt out and end up sick.  I also know this from personal experience 🙂  The fact is, adults actually need less sleep as they age…but most active adults still need about 7 hours a night (I need closer to 8!).  When’s the last time we all got that regularly??

My personal goal is to get to bed by 10:30 pm.  That way I can get a good 8 hours and still be up before the kids.  I know not everyone needs as much sleep as I do, but more sleep can never hurt a tired overworked mom!  Also, make sure that you have AT LEAST one full hour of good sleep before midnight…going to bed at 1am and waking at 8am doesn’t count!  My mom always told me that the hours of sleep you get before midnight are twice as good for you as those you get after.  Not sure if there’s actual scientific evidence behind that but it sounds like good advice to me!

This is going to be a challenge that might not yield immediate weight loss results but keep it up and you’ll be happier, have more energy and, most importantly, have more will-power to keep up with the other challenges.

Now, off to bed with you!!

This way to week 4!

Photograph by Lindsey Joslin

Comments

  1. Oh, wow! This has been so much on my mind lately. I’m such a mooring person, but lately haven’t been able to get up before the kids (mine get up early…by 6am) because I’ve been staying up late exactly as you describe above. So I’m going to try to go to be earlier so I can get up by 5:30. For reals. Now that I’ve typed it I have to do it, right?

    • Good for you, girl! It’s such a struggle to beat those kids’ early wake up time but makes such a difference to your day, right??

  2. I am so bad about sleep! I stay up late to do stuff after the kids go to bed and then get up early to exercise before they’re up. Right now I’m getting about 5 1/2 hours of sleep a night and I know I need more!

    • At least you’re getting up to exercise! I’m impressed 🙂

      • I was tired of being overweight and out of shape and not being able to run and play with my kids. So, if getting up waaay too early means I can get closer to being able to keep up the kiddos and be a healthier mom, I’ll do it. (not happily though)

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