World Sleep Day

March 16th is not only my birthday, it’s World’s Sleep Day. But seeing as it’s a Friday, I will be working. I can guarantee that I won’t be sleeping in late that morning either. Did you know that this last Monday was National Nap Day? It seems that the Monday after most of us change the clocks ahead in the Spring is a day to take a nap. Course that day changes every year…and why is that now in early March? I can remember when I was a kid that it happened in April. Oh well, I am living in AZ now so I don’t have to change clocks. Even though I was surprised that the clock on my phone changed by itself while the one on my tablet did not.

I get email newsletters from the Mayo Clinic, and this week one article they sent me was titled “5 tips for a better sleep”. From their list, my biggest problem might be electronics. Meaning that I need to shut my phone and tablet off at the same time every night. Instead of staring at my screens, I need to just stare toward a blank wall in the dark until eventually I can stare at the insides of my eyelids.

One thing I have read about low-carb/ keto diet is that it helps you sleep better. A diet would have to perform a total miracle for that to happen with me. My sleep habits have been out-of-whack for many years. But even though I can normally spend 20 hours awake every day, doesn’t mean that I will be an energizing bunny all day at work. I have hardly ever been loaded with energy, no matter what kind of diet I was on.

Fatigue is, just basically, a lack of energy, and we get our energy from the food we eat. Our diets are largely dominated by carbohydrate – grains like rice and wheat, potatoes, root vegetables, fruit, sugar etc., and these are broken down into glucose.

It turns out there is another way to fuel your body, using fats.This pathway is largely switched off when your body has a regular supply of carbohydrate (ie. a standard western diet). Back in hunter-gatherer days, life was feast and famine – eat what you can while the going is good, then survive on your body fat reserves when food is harder to find. Nowadays we rarely give our bodies the chance to get truly hungry, often eating out of habit and want rather than need.

I laugh when people say 1. to only eat when you are hungry. 2. Don’t skip meals because your body will go into starvation mode. Oh Jesus christ people, make up your mind because you can’t have it both ways. If I only ate when hungry then I might eat once every few days.

Normally I have breakfast with my coffee in the morning. Mainly it’s a habit to eat then. Today breakfast was at 4am. It is now after 11:30pm and while I am waiting for the Tylenol PM to kick in and knock me into sleepy dreamland, I am munching on pork rinds dipped in Guacamole. No I ain’t hungry, just bored. I took the sleeping pill around 11pm and it usually takes about 2 hours afterwards to finally fall asleep. If I am lucky, I might sleep 5-6 hours.

Now if the wifi at home doesn’t let me post this tonight, then I will have to walk up to Starbucks and use their free public internet service tomorrow. Seeing as this is my weekend, I will also need to do laundry and finish organizing my closet but I just didn’t have enough energy or motivation to do it today.

And just to keep track of the weightloss: I am down to 172# today (Tuesday 3/13)

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