If you’re not getting enough sleep it can be impacting your weight loss. This month’s theme at Weight Watchers meetings is about the sleep-weight loss connection. In case you missed it, I shared an infographic how technology is disrupting our sleep.
I’ve dealt with this issue enough to get the higher cost Fitbit (affiliate link) so I could track my own sleep patterns. It’s not an issue as often anymore but here are some things that help me get a good night’s sleep:
1. No caffeine after noon. It just causes problems staying asleep if I drink or eat caffeine later in the day.
2. White noise. Sometimes you just need a constant noise to put you to sleep. No need to buy expensive machines when there are free apps.
3. Regular exercise. If I don’t tire myself out most days with exercise I’m going to be tired by restless nights.
4. Cool room. I have a fan at the ready in the bedroom. Fortunately, the night air is generally cool here year-round so we can just open a window most nights.
When I got on the scale at the meeting I told the receptionist that I was read to face the music and she replied that it sounded like I had an on plan week. You know what; I did. But even that wasn’t enough to make up for the previous week and a half of no tracking and bad choices. I was up 1.4 pounds which brings my total weight loss down to:
– 27.8 Pounds
I earned 21 activity points last week but most of that was from walking and the other couple from a cross-fit intro session.
My prepaid Pilates classes ran out and I’m figuring out what to do next. Stay with pilates and don’t fret about the cost, join a lower cost gym and attend fitness classes, do cross-fit or something else?
I’ll let you know when I decide but in the meantime I’m floundering a bit outside of walking.
There are no birthdays, traveling or other special events this week which is nice for a change. I don’t have a meal plan so will need to spend some time figuring out my food for the week.
What’s your tip for getting a good night’s sleep?