Above is the link to Susan Peirce Thompson's weekly vlog about how bright line eating (BLE) improves your sleep. Which in turn helps you control your eating.
Many Sparkies have trouble with sleeping. Including me, from time to time.
And many Sparkies have experimented with intermittent fasting. Including me, from time to time.
SPT points to new research which establishes that our sleep is affected by circadian rhythms controlled by a particular structure within the hypothalamus. And that circadian rhythms aren't just about light (yes, I uses light box particularly in winter: it's right over my computer).
Circadian rhythms are also affected by digestion. SPT says that if we adopt the BLE method of eating only three meals a day at the same times every day and nothing after supper, then we automatically create a lengthy period of intermittent fasting: probably 12 hours and maybe 13 or 14 hours each and every day between supper and breakfast.
Most people eat constantly during their waking hours. Most people are pretty much never not eating. SPT points to research indicating that constant grazing doesn't just pack on the pounds: it means our digestive systems never get a rest. So: we don't get restful sleep.
Some of us work shifts. Most of us experience life disruptions which would make sticking to the full BLE regimen (particularly weighing and measuring every mouthful) pretty difficult if not impossible.
Although I don't subscribe to all the BLE doctrines, I do typically refrain from eating between meals and tell myself that "hunger is not an emergency" between meals. I do typically eat a latish breakfast well after the time I wake (omelette or yogourt + berries); then eat lunch (salad and fruit) about 12-12:30; and have supper (soup and nuts and more yogourt + berries) by 6 pm. And then I don't eat again until breakfast. There is typically a good 12 hours + between my last meal of the day and my first meal of the next day. And yes: I do typically wake up as she describes without benefit of an alarm clock raring to go.
The one exception? I have been enjoying my 90% Lindt chocolate just before bed. And: I'm gonna cut that out -- have it earlier with supper if at all. See if that affects my instances of night time wakefulness. But, just as I don't consider hunger to be an emergency, I don't consider night time wakefulness to be an emergency either -- more an oh well oh well oh well, a bit of reading until I can fall back to sleep . . . no point in agitating myself, sleep will return . . . .
Brain science: such fascinating new information coming our way pretty constantly. Helping us continuously change up our approaches to find what works best for each of us! Weight loss and MAINtenance: pretty much an experiment of one.