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Insomnia Can Hinder Your Weight Loss

Sleepless Nights Stop Progress

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I was a hit the bed and fall asleep person until about 16 years ago, after losing my husband and going back to work at a hospital laboratory working 12 hour night shifts while taking care of a farm during the day, sleep went out the door. I have been retired from the night job for 3 years now, but just don’t sleep, takes hours to get to sleep, then I frequently wake up and stay awake for hours, nothing seems to help and I am not taking sleeping pills, no drugs allowed. I still have a hard time getting off the night shift routine, after spending so many years eating supper at 12 - 1am I wake up hungry then, and have a hard time going back to sleep. I get energized to do things about 7 pm, wrong time of the day! Mostly I get 4-5 hours of sleep, with one or two nights of 1-2 hours a week even though I am in bed by 11, and don’t usually get up until 8 or 9. I don’t set alarms anymore unless I have an early appointment so chores must be done early. I have tried all the suggestions, but nothing seems to work. I do set an audio book on my iPad before going to bed, one that is an old favorite so I don’t stay awake to listen and know what is going on when I wake up later, that method has at least got me to get the 4-5 hours of sleep instead of 1-2, for days on end before crashing after 5-6 days of no sleep. Report
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Thanks for the great article! :) Report
I was a good sleeper when younger but gradually developed insomnia that doesn't allow me to stay asleep. When I awake like to use the bathroom, couldn't get back to sleep. Sleep specialist didn't help. Over time I figured out that I needed very small but daily doses of magnesium along with calcium & D. It has really helped. I still have nites where it takes an hour or so to get back asleep but it is less frequent. Some carbs or sweets like choc soy milk during that time help too once the blood sugar drops. Report
Been struggling with weight loss, or the lack thereof. Maybe this is the problem!
***fingers crossed* ** Report
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working on this one Report
I’m not a good sleeper Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL
This is true. Regular sleep regulates a lot of body functions Report
Thank you for this one! Report
Great info! Thanks! Report
Thanks! Great! Report
I have really bad insomnia and I have sleep apnea. I have been using my CPAP now for about 3 weeks. I see small changes. I still want to sleep all day long Report
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