Happy, Healthy You – Prioritize Sleep
A good night’s sleep can help to keep our hormones in balance. Balanced hormones assist our metabolism and weight loss. I am no expert but I finally realized on my own journey that it all came down to two things, weight loss and hormones. I had learned that when your hormones are out of whack, it is nearly impossible to lose weight. One of the ways I figured this out was because there was a time I joined a gym with a good friend, adding four to five one hour cardio sessions and a couple of hours of strength training every week. Even though I ate around the same amount of food, my weight was not budging. I felt like I had hit a big roadblock that I couldn’t get past and this led me to becoming my own detective as to what could possibly be wrong? In the past, if I added that type of exercise the weight would have dropped off. Nothing. Nada. I could tell my metabolism was not functioning properly. I also had to be honest with my age and where I was at in the hormonal process. Even though I can run around like I’m thirty and feel thirty in my mind, I’m not thirty. Uh, reality check. So with the scale not budging and my realistic view of my hormones, I knew I would need to drastically change my approach.
I combined my research about weight loss with hormones, and got advice from an OB/GYN who took a natural approach to healing. I already knew that our amazing bodies have the power to heal anything as long as we give it what it needs. I also wanted to read books from women doctors that were very positive and empowering for me as I approached this new part of my life as a mature Diva. I love not only the books from Dr. Christiane Northrup but also Dr. Sara Gottfried. I highly recommend all their books. Dr. Gottfried explains how incredibly important our natural circadian rhythm is to resetting your hormones and losing weight. When I reflect back on my natural sleep patterns, I have always gravitated to an earlier bedtime, even as an adolescent. Dr. Sara also advises on her blog how important it is not to resort to sleeping pills, make sure to put away the technology, and fall asleep by10 pm.
This is honestly the first time I have become aware of my sleep patterns by keeping my sleep journal and making a conscious goal to change my sleep habits. Some things I have already noticed is how much better I feel in the morning if I make myself get to bed earlier, making sure to fall asleep by 10 pm. (Yes, it’s taken some self discipline for me to get off social media). A couple of nights ago when I got to bed an hour later than the other nights, I could feel a big difference the next day. My workout didn’t have as much umph and my energy wasn’t what I had experienced the day before. Not to mention, my mood and emotions seemed to suffer that day as well. These are all real struggles she mentions with the addition of accelerated aging and high cortisol (the stress hormone). With my newfound realization, I am definitely becoming a firm believer in the value of continuing my loving sleep routine. I have seen the evidence that it contributes to a happier, healthier me! Who knew? I hope this motivates you to restore and replenish yourself with a good sleeping routine as well. AZ Medical Weight Control can help you balance your hormones with our weight loss programs. Set yourself free!
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