Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Weird.

I have an urge to talk about something other than food today. Weird, I know. I haven't cooked anything new since coming home from Lutsen. And, I have cooker's block. But let's cover Breakfast first.



Breakfast



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Green Monster (for 2):



1 handful of spinach (I finished it!)



1/3 cup frozen berries (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry)



1 frozen banana



Black cherry Chobani



1/2 cup grapefruit juice



2 Tblsp Almond Butter



4 ice cubes



Quaker Oatmeal Squares and milk, and coffee with half and half



My appetite is kinda weird this week. I never wake up hungry, but I try to eat within and hour of getting up because I know I should, and once I start putting my breakfast together, I end up getting hungry. But, today I wasn't hungry at all. And I only ended up eating half of the cereal, half of the coffee, and I'm like 1/3 of the way into my smoothie about 1.5 hours later. Weird.



But what I would really like to talk to you about is sleep. I love to sleep. But, naturally, I am a night owl, and a late sleeper. If I let my body do it's thang naturally, no alarms, no nothing, I would go to sleep sometime after 1 a.m. and wake up any time after 11 a.m. I usually dislike mornings. But on the days that I get out of bed early, I feel that much more productive, and part of humanity.



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But lately I've been forcing myself to bed between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m., and setting my alarm anywhere between 6:30 a.m., and 8 a.m.



I know that getting a sufficient amount of sleep will make me healthier, and happier, as well as aid in weight loss. I also know that when I don't get enough sleep I am cranky, and more susceptible to getting sick. But I really want to get on a "normal"schedule. So here is my problem, even on the nights that I am up late, I force myself out of bed in the morning.



The other obstacle is work. I work nights. So, if I wake up at 7 a.m. on the nights that I work I am dead tired halfway through my shift, and when I get home after 1 a.m. it's a struggle to get to sleep because I have usually gotten my second wind by then. Thus, I am up until 4 a.m., and then sleep until 2 p.m. trying to catch up. And any effort I made throughout the week, is out the window. Needless to say I'm struggling. And I'm not sure what I should be doing to get on track. I really don't like being a night owl, especially because I know I like to get 9 hours of sleep. I feel like I can't get as much done when I sleep late, and it's going to be really hard to adjust once I have a full-time job, and I absolutely HAVE to!



What do you think is the best way to approach getting on a regular sleep schedule?



How many hours of sleep do you need to get each night in order to function?



Are you a night owl, or an early bird?






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