I'm referring to the sizeable acquisition that now is my derrière. Haven't I been told for decades that not getting enough sleep contributes to unwanted weight gain? Intuitively, this doesn't seem right to me. If I'm awake, aren't I more active, and if I'm more active, doesn't that burn more calories? Well, my excessive weight gain really does connect back to my early 40's when I started to have sleep issues. This only got worse in my 50's and the last five years my weight has gotten out of control. So in my case there does seem to be a correlation between poor sleep and weight gain.
I shouldn't let my experience do the talking though. The Mayo Clinic, just a hop, skip, and a jump from me, has done research on this topic. Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain...it might be discusses the link to poor sleep and and inactive metabolism. I had started the sleep clinic testing prior to Covid and was all set to get fitted for a mouth guard type device to help with the mild sleep apnea. All things came to a halt and I've unsuccessfully been able to get back into the cue for the service. Likely I'll need to start over with a new referral, new test, and new wait.
So for now, I'm trying to improve my sleep quality with things I can do myself. While I was isolating, I slept in our extra bedroom-the one that originally was DD1's then became DD2's, and then when she moved into her brothers former bigger bedroom, the spare room. I have to admit, I've not slept better in years! Maybe it was Covid, or maybe it was that it is a cooler room, and I can move and stretch as I please. It's so very unromantic, and I don't dislike my husband, but I find not sleeping in the same bed helped tremendously. I run so hot-he runs cold. Our bedroom is where all the heat in the house ends up and the combination has me waking up sweating. Here's a few others:
- I continue to take a melatonin, but mistakenly bought only a 1 mg dose. I'm using them, but will replace with the 5 mg again, as was prescribed.
- I also try and do nothing more than sip anything to drink within a few hours of going to bed. One night I counted myself waking up five times to use the bathroom. No one will get good sleep waking up that frequently.
- Taking a hot shower (or when summer approaches a cool one) to wind down in the evening
- I'm actually putting myself to bed at a reasonable hour. No more falling asleep with the television on, but trying hard to go to bed at a time that will hopefully let me get at least six good hours in a row.