One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


How many hours of sleep do you get?

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weekly questionI’m tired. I mean, really, tired. I haven’t gotten more then 6 hours of sleep a night in months, maybe years. I’m sure other moms can relate. We are just so gosh darn busy, keeping house, working, quality family time, time for ourselves, errands, shopping, I mean really, my days are so scheduled anymore I find it’s hard to squish a shower in. Somethings gotta give and for me and it’s usually sleep.

But are we doing ourselves and our waistline a disservice? I found this article on WebMD that discusses the link between lack of sleep and hormone levels. These hormones may be responsible for our healthy appetites.

…have you ever experienced a sleepless night followed by a day when no matter what you ate you never felt full or satisfied? If so, then you have experienced the workings of leptin and ghrelin.

Ummm yeah, I have, TODAY! I stayed up too late last night, the toddler woke up early and I’ve been battling a crazy appetite all day. To make it worse, now I’m trying to stay awake and finish a few more “to do’s” and I think I’m snacking just to stay awake!

So I’m making an executive decision and calling it quits tonight. My inbox is full, my to do list is long and my kitchen is a mess but sometimes you just have to know when to say when and I’m saying "WHEN". I need some SLEEP! But before I go I have to ask this weeks question…

How many hours of sleep do you get?

PS this means no food journal tonight, I really have to get to bed but I’ll leave you with an abbreviated one to keep my promise… experimental zucchini bread (recipe coming soon!), homemade wrap (food find coming soon) with a side of carrots, dried berries, Chick-fil-a salad and some fries, 2 ears of corn, pretzels, watermelon and more zucchini bread.

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    September 8, 2008

    I usually get 6-7 hours of sleep a night and I work a 10 hour day almost every day. I hear ya – I’m tired too. I should be sleeping right now but I end up on the computer for too long every night. I’m going to bed right now, lol!!! Good night!


    September 8, 2008

    I’m in school, so I have the luxury of making sleep a priority. 8-10 hours? More like 10? Today I slept from 1AM to 11AM (I’m on break right now lol).

    I sleep really poorly, though, and wake up 2-5 times during the night for at least 10 minutes each. So…not super HQ sleep, you know? It’s worth less than the good stuff.

    I definitely feel the hunger when I get too little, though.


    September 9, 2008

    I almost always get 9 hours of sleep every night. I work nights (server in a restaurant), and usually go to bed around 2am, and I’m up by 11am. Sometimes a little earlier if I have to catch an 11am class. I am back in school full time in a couple weeks, and hopefully my sleep/diet/exercise won’t suffer. My earliest class is 9am, and it’s a 40 minute drive to campus!


    September 9, 2008

    I average about 4-5 hours. Both my 3 and 2 year olds don’t sleep through the night and wake up EVERY night multiple times and my 3 year old is up by 5:00 am each day! I am so ready to get back into shape, but I feel so tired all the time. It’s like a crazy cycle! I think being tired is just what I do now that I’m a mom. I don’t even know what real sleep is anymore and can totally relate to you! Just found this blog and plan to spend some time reading it now……or should I go to sleep? =)


    September 9, 2008

    I get a lot of sleep. I have to or no one would be around me. I worked 2 jobs in high school (plus advanced classes) and it was horrible. I was lucky then to get 6 hours of sleep. Now, I know better. I usually get about 8-9 hours per night. But I go to work at 3:30 pm so if I want extra sleep, I just don’t get anything done during the day.


    September 9, 2008

    I have to get at least 8 hours a night. I usually go to bed at 10, have an hour to read, then hit the hay and get up at 7.30. My flatmates don’t get it but I think sleep is important for battery charging. You deserve some more hours Roni!


    September 9, 2008

    I am an 8 hour a night girl. If I get less it shows. (Now when my son was little this was not possible) I am normally in bed at 9 and up at 5….I am a morning person


    September 9, 2008

    Sleep…what’s that? With a 4 year old and 5 month old, sleep is the first thing that gets shoved out of the way. I can really relate to eating just to stay awake…I’m catching myself doing it frequently. I’m slowly learning that I can’t do it all….so I’m having to make time choices as well as food choices.


    September 9, 2008

    I get 8 hours of sleep a night. DH has to leave the house by 6:30am, so we’re awake by 6. We go to bed at 10pm. I wake up in the middle of the night most nights, but go right back to sleep.


    September 9, 2008

    I usually get between 6 and 7, I find if I get much more I feel sluggish, but if I get much less, I’m cranky. For me it’s all about balance. I do know I feel the need to eat more when I’m tired though, I’ve just recently noticed that trend.

    On a side note, have you read the book Intuitive Eating? It’s really quite good (so far) and I think you would enjoy it.


    September 9, 2008

    I just read in an article somewhere that every hour of sleep before midnight is worth twice as much as those after midnight!


    September 9, 2008

    I was just diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in April of this year (waking up 36 times per hour because of stopped breathing). I’ve been trying to adjust to using a CPAP and have noticed a definite increase in my energy levels and decrease in my dependence on high-carbohydrate foods. Unfortunately, I have not been able to completely adapt to the CPAP for the full night and am going to check out surgical options. This WebMD article was very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m currently in bed 9 hours a night but less than 8 of that is sleeping and less than 5 of that is sleeping with my CPAP on.


    September 9, 2008

    I usually get about 6-7 hours during the work week and around 8 or 9 on the weekend. I find it really easy to get up in the morning when it’s bright out- but if it’s cloudy or dark- basically during the whole winter- I have such a hard time getting up.


    September 9, 2008

    Sleep is a luxury for me. I am an RN and I work nights, 11pm to 7am. I have a very energetic 20 month old as well. A typical day for me is to arrive home around 7:30 in the morning, take a quick shower before the babysitter leaves at 8am. She just comes from the time my husband leaves in the morning until I get home. From 8am to noon my son and I play. Days like today I combine playing with chores around the house. Some days we go to the park, play in the yard or do another activity. I do nap when my son naps. I’ve learned to lay down almost immediately most of the time. Naps can last from 2 to 3 hours. Then we play until my husband gets home at about 4:45pm and I go straight to bed if I’m working that night. I don’t always fall right to sleep, but usually it doesn’t take too long. If I’m not working I often stay up until my husband goes to bed to catch up on bills, emails, reading, etc.

    Working nights is such a different lifestyle. I love the shift, but it’s not for everyone. What I really love is that I’m with my son during the day. Seeing his smiling face in the morning really does make me forget that I haven’t slept in many hours. He does go to daycare one day a week of my choosing which makes it ideal for our situation.

    I do worry about the health ramifications long term as a result of lack of sleep. I have read some articles regarding this issue. I don’t think that I will do this forever, but it works for us right now. Off to nap!


    September 9, 2008

    I have been struggling with this so much the past week! I just graduated from law school and started a new job last Tuesday. Trying to get back into the routine of working full time is making me so tired I can barely keep my eyes open! And last night I realized that I had eaten and eaten and eaten all day long and was still hungry. Ugh! I know it’s because I’m so tired. Hopefully after a few more weeks I’ll get back into the swing of things and will be in a new routine!


    September 9, 2008

    i get about 6-7 on week nights and 8-9 on weekends. that is pretty much my minimum. i am a little scared for when i have kids and will get a lot less. i get really irritable, and can’t think straight if i get a lack of sleep. my husband on the other hand can get 5-6hrs and he’s good to go. he says if i got less, my body would get used to it. but i disagree. with the stress of work, and all the working out i do, on top of the million other things women do, i think this is minimum. everyone is just different. does anyone else have a spouse that sleeps more/less than you? how does it effect your relationship?


    September 9, 2008

    Nicole – Don’t get me started! The husband can sleep 14 hours straight if I let him. He needs at least 9 or he can’t function. Honestly, it is a huge problem for us and probably the number one reason we argue. I agree that people need different amounts of sleep but I hate it when people use sleep as an excuse or reason to shun responsibilities.

    Can you tell this is a sour subject for me? lol

    Thanks for everyone’s updates so far, I love reading all the personal experiences.



    September 9, 2008

    I need 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep or I’m pretty useless after a few days. I managed to raise 3 kids, work full time, and go to grad school. You just have to make sleeping enough a priority. Give up TV, hire a housecleaner, exercise with your children (Mizfit sometimes posts on this), eat lunch at your desk. Do what it takes, because sleep is at least as important as nutritious food and exercise to your body.


    September 9, 2008

    i get at least 7-8 hours every night and if i get anything less, i’m a total grouch all day… i’m lucky that i’m single and don’t have any kids so going to bed, at the same time, is no problem for me… even when i stay at my boyfriend’s, we get the same amount so i guess i’m just lucky…

    don’t take this the wrong way but it sounds like you take on WAY to much… give yourself a break and rest – it’s just as important as what you eat and exercising… maybe set an alarm clock and when it goes off – you’re done for the night… just an idea – don’t want to see you get burned out… :o)


    September 9, 2008

    At least 8. It’s one of the benefits of being single!


    September 9, 2008

    Roni – sometimes I wonder if you can read your blog reader’s minds… lately you have been talking about EVERYTHING that is going on in my life! ha ha, its quite scary at times. We just moved to a new house that is a lot further away from my work, so I have to be up by 5:00 AM and leave the house no later than 6:00 AM and with a toddler who gets most of his energy at about 9:00 PM getting to bed in enough time is almost impossible! Lately I have been getting about 5-6 hours of sleep and it is killing me!!! I find myself literally falling asleep at my desk! I was just complaining to my husband about this today! He says “If you went to bed at the same time every night you wouldn’t have that problem” … Oh gee thanks for the words of wisdom, this from the guy who doesn’t have to be at work until 8:30 if he doesn’t want to! ha ha… you see this is a touch subject with me as well! … Does you husband also refuse to get up with the toddler in the middle of the night?? That seems to always be my job for some reason, even on a work night! grrrrrrr :)


    September 9, 2008

    I get between 7-8 but I can do fine on 6 if they are 6 good hours. 8 hours is not enough if it’s not good quality sleep. After a good night rest, I feel amazing, so happy. It’s like night and day. I have read about the hormones, etc too……..Dr. Oz talks about it extensively in his book. Breakthrough news for us busy mommies……….we need good quality sleep!!


    September 9, 2008

    I have to get at least 8 hours of sleep or I have a hard time functioning. I am typically asleep by 10 and up by 6 or 7. I almost never sleep later than that even if I can. I am sometimes exhausted after working out and will take a short nap, but I try to avoid that if at all possible because I will inevitably have a hard time falling asleep later. Seems like my body is programmed to want 8 or 9 hours of sleep, no more or less.

    I have a spouse who sleeps less than I do. We go to bed together every night, but he is up by 4:30 every morning. He’s generally up by 5 on weekends regardless of how late we stay up. It hasn’t really affected our relationship. He enjoys having time to read, drink coffee or whatever without interruption and I enjoy sleeping. Works out for us. He has mentioned a few times that he’d like for me to get up with him so that we have more time together, but 4:30 seems like the middle of the night to me. It’s just not likely to happen.


    September 9, 2008

    I only get about 5 hours a night. And it shows.


    September 10, 2008

    I just fell asleep reading all the comments…does that tell you anything…lol. I usually get about 6-7 hours per night, but with a baby sleeping with me and waking up to nurse about 4-5 times. I don’t have to wake up much, just enough to get him situated, then right back to sleep, but I think it still probably interrupts my sleep a bit. I am used to this though b/c I’ve been preggo or nursing for about 6 years now. I guess it’s my choice to not sleep enough, but after I finally get all kids in bed, I just want time to myself, either to spend with my hubby, clean, watch TV or computer. I seem to function OK on 6 hours, but I look forward to the day when all kids sleep through the night & I can sleep uninterrupted!


    September 10, 2008

    great topic, roni! for me, being tired makes it tough to make smart choices about food. without enough sleep i feel lousy and want something (think chocolate or french fries) to make me feel better and somehow override the exhaustion. i’ve found that a good night’s rest can make all the difference in my outlook and ability to live the kind of day i’d like.

    i’ve got a little baby, and recently i decided i just have to go to bed closer to her bedtime — even if that’s 9:30 or 10 pm — so that i can have fun with her the next day.

    every mom and baby/toddler are different, and i know there are a million sleep books, but i did want to throw my two cents in for the tired moms… i have a four-month old who’s been co-sleeping and also night nursing a lot. i’ve been reading The Baby Sleep Book by the Sears family doctors which has suggestions for slow, gentle and effective changes you can make to lessen night wakening. i was skeptical, but last night my little one woke up, blew bubbles, and got herself back to sleep without nursing. what a thrilling victory! there’s a chapter for toddlers too.