January 31, 2013
Sleep, it’s what’s for dinner. OK, that’s not the beef industry wants you
to say (and I really like beef). But this food challenge thing is creating
a few changes that I did not expect. Needing to sleep, wanting to sleep,
really feeling tired early is one of those changes.
With this Food Challenge, one of the point kickers is a daily adder for 8+
hours of sleep. Normally I don’t even feel tired until 11pm or 12am. During
this food challenge I am really feeling tired by 9:00pm and exhausted by
10:00pm. I’m still not able to completely fall asleep at this point.
Breaking into the sleep zone has always been a problem for me, so Ambien is
still a friend. However I roll up to bed much earlier and consequently get
to sleep much earlier. Sure, I’m working out a lot too, but it’s not just
physical exertion. It’s more about my body knowing it needs the rest. Maybe
it’s having better food in my system allows my body to work better. Who
would have thought that was possible?
Getting 8 hours is still a big challenge because I have to get up early,
but a more regular 6 or 7 hours is much, much better than my usual 4 or 5
hours of sleep. I’m happy. It’s progress.