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Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss

Sleepless Nights Stop Progress

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CATHEITE
Like ANDREWMOM, I question how much sleep really effects weight loss. I haven't seen a correlation in my life. I DO believe, though, that proper sleep is essential for muscle repair (if you exercise and lift weights a lot) and overall energy. Thank you for the outstanding article! Report
My goal for October has been to get to bed and time and get up on time (not hitting the snooze button). I've only been at this for about a week, but I can honestly tell the difference in how I feel during the day.

Many times I have to literally force myself to stop what I'm doing and get ready for bed. I have to tell myself that whatever I feel like doing is not as important as getting some shut eye.

Regular sleep/rest is essential! Report
what happens if you are only able to get 2-4 hrs of sleep due to work, family, school, etc.. Report
This is a great article. I have sleep apnea & I just got a C-PAP machine. My problem is going to sleep. Unfortunately, the machine doesn't help me get to sleep. It only keeps me breathing when I do go to sleep.
This article has motivated me more to try to get to the bottom of the whole problem. Report
This is a great article. I have sleep apnea & I just got a C-PAP machine. My problem is going to sleep. Unfortunately, the machine doesn't help me get to sleep. It only keeps me breathing when I do go to sleep.
This article has motivated me more to try to get to the bottom of the whole problem. Report
Thanks for the article. I’ll try to implement some of the suggestions to see if they help!

I don't suffer from insomnia so much as I do from sleep apnea (and I can't get used to the CPAP machine even after several years), but the effects are the same, 'cause I don't sleep worth a hoot. Then when I get to work I catch myself dozing off all day long. I resort to drinking coffee and energy drinks and eating sugary foods to try to get some energy so I stay awake and I can work. Obviously, my weight has gone up, rather than down : - ( This dozing off at work has become a vicious cycle, where I’m snoozing at work and waking up to go "home" where I don’t get to sleep until 10:30 – 11:00 at night (after dozing in front of the TV), then I toss and turn all night long until I wake up at 4:30 – 5:30 and start all over again.
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DAVEFITZ1
Just another excellent article from Spark contributors. Thank you. Report
Cortisol is the answer (this is the first time I've heard of it). My son still wakes me up in the night. Completly randomly. but he's done that since he was born. My weight had been steadly dropping and I was almost back to pre pregnancy weight just before his 1st birthday. Then I went back to work! Report
DIANESNEWLIFE
I've been telling my husband this for years. He thinks 4 or 5 hours is plenty even though he complains constantly that he's tired! I know he's under a lot of stress. Who isn't? If he ever decides to listen to me, maybe he can start losing his extra weight. Report
Thats ironic I ran across this article, as I was JUST thinking the other day about my sleep habits and how I was starting to stay awake REALLY late...and how I wasn't losing weight like I had been the week prior.

THANKS! Report
Thanks for the reminder! This article is right on time. I'm going to bed! Report
This is something I an forever grateful to SP for: showing me the direct link between sleep and weight loss/maintenance. Report
My issue with this is that I cannot sleep well without taking a sleep aid. At which point I do not know if that is then classified as 'quality' sleep. Report
Sleep is just as important as nutrition. I challenged myself to get 8 hours of sleep EVERY night this month. That's going to require a lot of organization, planning & staying on task, but I need to treat this just like a diet and exercise regime in order to be healthy. Report
This information was great. A lot of the things I read I can related to. Enjoying the site so far. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. THANK YOU Report

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