Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m jealous of my two cats.
It’s not that I’m upset over lacking Cam’s beautiful emerald eyes or luscious snow white fur. I don’t covet her feminine grace or sharp intelligence.
I’m not threatened by Chi’s shocking athleticism or adorable face. Heck, I’m not even bothered that he has better social skills than I do.
Even though all of these traits make my sweet pets as lovable as all get out, none of these begin to scratch the surface of why I am so envious of them.
No, I am jealous of my cats because they know how to sleep… and I don’t.
And for awhile, this behavior was perfectly alright. I’d get three or four (or maybe even less) hours of sleep, get up, head to school or work, and be fine all day. I didn’t need a nap. I didn’t need coffee. All I needed was a cool shower and the promise of another amazingly fun day.
Now I am old.
Alright, so maybe I have another 78 years before I can say I’m as old as good ole’ Flossie here, but still. I have abandoned my twenties only to learn that my mom was so right when she used to say that things start going down hill once you hit thirty.
While I’m definitely not falling apart at the hinges, I can totally tell that some things aren’t quite as cool as they were when I was say, 18 or 21.
Gravity, for instance. 😭
In addition to not being able to eat whatever I want without the fear of instantly packing on ten pounds, my late night rendezvous come with clear consequences these days.
Over the last six or seven years, I have had to rely on copious amounts of caffeine just to keep my body from shutting down once and for all. It has not been terribly uncommon to drink anywhere from 2-5 (large) cups just to combat how tired I am throughout the day. I mean, I started needing a cup of coffee just to have enough energy to drink a second cup.
Needless to say, my insomnia is a serious problem.
Fast forwarding to now, I have recently had to cease my dysfunctional love affair with coffee (perhaps a post for my personal blog). Despite only having coffee one to two times a week now, my inability to sleep at night persists.
In some ways, going back to working out on a regular basis has somewhat helped temper my nervous energy. However, it often has a habit of giving me even more energy, depending on what time of day I workout.
And while I have recently found a number of natural methods that are helping me to improve the quality of my sleep, the matter of actually closing my eyes, falling asleep, and staying asleep is still out with the jury. Therefore, I’m still over here walking around like I’m a zombie extra on the set of The Walking Dead. 🧟♀️
As much as I don’t mind taking naps (I often have to rely on them to help me get through the day), it is not always reasonable or convenient to act like a toddler and expect that “nap time” should be a mandatory part of my day to day life.
I will take snack time though.
These dumb, unnecessary things (lol) called “bills” and “responsibilities” often warrant me staying awake when I’m too tired to even blink, so it may be time for me to figure out how to get a full 8+ hours of sleep each night–like a normal person… or my cats. 🐱🐈
Besides, sleep is apparently another crucial piece of the weight loss puzzle. And I wonder why I’m failing miserably this time around…
Just like making sure you’re drinking enough water, it is super important to get at least seven hours of sleep a night if you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, routinely getting less than this can actually cause you to gain weight–even if you are actively doing all the right things.
As I’ve said before, I’m no doctor, but sleep impacts so many parts of our body. You’ve got your ghrelin (an appetite hormone), your leptin (an appetite and fat storage hormone) and your insulin (yet another super important hormone). And let’s not forget about cortisol!
Without enough sleep each night, we’re sure to throw our body systems way out of whack, leading to excessive appetite, poor reactions to stress, and less energy to be active. These are all things I need to avoid like a plague, so it’s definitely time to try to get more sleep!
This may be easier said than done though… I have no idea how to go about fixing my sleep issues!
That being said, I will have to do more research on sleep and see what I can do to make falling asleep at a decent hour much easier than it currently is.
If you have any cool tips and tricks you use to get your beauty sleep, please share! I’m all ears. 👂🏽👀
But for now, I think I’m going to go take a nap. Hopefully.
Today was Day 14.
Sleep is life. Literally. 😴🌜
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