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10 Stupid Things I Do When I Should be Sleeping

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I’ve been saying it for months if not years …

I don’t get enough sleep. I need to go to bed earlier. 

Part of the problem comes from being a parent, but most of it, if I’m being REALLY honest with myself, is my own damn fault. I stay up way too late and get up way too early. It’s the only way I’m able to accomplish everything I want to in a given day. Even then, I feel like I could have done more.

But I’m tired.

Like, REALLY tired.

My mom snapped this in in New York last week when I passed out after checking into the hotel.

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After reading this article in Shape magazine, I’m now convinced: Sleep must be made a priority.

Here are 3 things in the article that really stuck with me:

  • Within just four days of sleep deprivation, your body’s ability to properly use insulin (the master storage hormone) becomes completely disrupted. In fact, University of Chicago researchers found that insulin sensitivity dropped by more than 30 percent.
  • Scientists in Brazil found that sleep debt decreases protein synthesis (your body’s ability to make muscle), causes muscle loss, and can lead to a higher incidence of injuries.
  • Not sleeping enough — less than seven hours of sleep per night — can reduce and undo the benefits of dieting, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In the study, dieters were put on different sleep schedules. When their bodies received adequate rest, half of the weight they lost was from fat. However when they cut back on sleep, the amount of fat lost was cut in half — even though they were on the same diet. What’s more, they felt significantly hungrier, were less satisfied after meals, and lacked energy to exercise.

I haven’t gotten 7 hours in months! MONTHS!

Yikes!

A few years ago I wrote a post in response to an email asking how it is I get so much accomplished and my response, although long-winded with lots of pictures of my pig sty house, came down to one word: Priorities.

I simply haven’t put sleep on the top of the list, because, well, I’m doing things like:

10. Tweeting: Don’t get me wrong, I don’t tweet nearly as much as I used to, but now I find myself tweet lurking (or what I’d like to call … twerking …  oh crap, already taken). Anyway, I spend an awful lot of time just reading my Twitter stream. It’s sad but I feel like it keeps me “in touch” even though I’m not participating much.

9. Facebook: Where do I go after I get bored on the Twitter stream? That’s right, from one social media time-suck to the other. Here I’m more about catching with friends and family. Again, I lurk more than anything but I probably comment on Facebook posts more than I tweet.

8. “Researching”: When I’m not catching up on the twitterverse or looking at friends’ vacation photos I’m doing what I’ll call researching. The Husband and I get into some conversation almost nightly about a movie, an actor, a news story, something we saw on Reddit or another random trivial fact and this will bring me down a path of Wikipedia reading and Google searches. One night I spend hours researching where all the actors from “A Christmas Story” are today.

7. Reading Reddit: Can this site suck you in or what? The Funny board is the biggest time suck ever. I blame the husband for my Reddit addiction. He’s the one who started it and he’s much worse than I am. I think he even has the app on his phone. #notgoingthere

6. Planning a vacation: OK, when NOT on social media or researching or cracking up at socially awkward penguin, I’m looking at flight costs to Beijing, spas in the Midwest and adventure marathons. I told you guys, the travel bug hit and it hit hard. Give me 10 years and this TheUnworldlyTraveler may not be so unworldly any more.

5. Looking for jobs: I can’t help myself. I like to know what opportunities are in my area just in case. In case of what, I don’t know. I’ve been running my own business for 4 years now yet there’s a small part of me that wouldn’t mind just going back to a 9 to 5. Anyone hiring?

4. Looking at food photos: So y’all know I’m slightly addicted to food but what you may not know is I don’t follow recipes. I get all my inspiration from Google image searches. I just type in an ingredient plus the word “Recipe” and voila! Visual food research galore! I rarely, if ever actually go to any sites, I just get inspired my the photos.

3. Staring at my Fitbit stats: This is a fairly new time suck but now that I’m wearing a Fitbit, I find myself checking my stats and the stats of my friends at night. Me? competitive? Naaaah.

2. Eating: YES! And it’s been bad the last couple of nights. If I stay up to late there’s almost no way I’m NOT hitting the pantry. It almost feels like an out-of-body experience. I can see myself doing it but at that moment I don’t care. Then I wake up the next morning with a calorie hangover and I’m mad at myself. It’s a cycle I’ve been fighting for some time.

1. And the No. 1 stupid thing I do when I should be sleeping: Watching “Breaking Bad.” Seriously, I can’t STOP! It’s an obsession now. I’m almost done with season 4 and I swear we just started watching it. Again, I blame the Husband. Most nights I’d be fine with 1-2 episodes but he pushes it to 3-4 and I don’t put up a fight because it’s that good and like it that much. Now, of course, this is a temporary thing but, really, TV is my No. 1 stupid thing that keeps me up at night.

In my defense I’m usually doing at least 2 of the things on this list at the same time so at least I’m good at multitasking!

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No?

I know, I’m kidding myself. I guess I just need to be an adult about this. Shut off the darn computer, turn off the TV and go to bed. I feel like this lack of sleep/not going to bed is my current vice and since it’s not THAT bad I haven’t taken it too seriously.

It’s time I do. 

I’m calling this Operation Breaking Bad Habits. 7 plus hours of sleep a night is my goal. Anyone need to join me?



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There are 11 comments so far.

    Jamie Bolander Weitl

    September 4, 2013

    We’ve been watching Breaking Bad too. Love it! :) I was up at 4 am to run today. Unfortunately, my FitBit sleep stats don’t look quite as good as yours for last night!

    Holly

    September 4, 2013

    Well…Breaking Bad is a really good show :)

    Kim Graves

    September 4, 2013

    Yes! Last night I was falling asleep in front of the TV and all the best of intentions to get into bed at that moment. Instead, I sat down in front of my computer and was awake for 2 and 1/2 hours more. I find that when I feel overwhelmed by work and other necessary tasks, I indulge myself in thoughtless or other escape activities rather than being responsible and kind to myself by going to bed. For myself, I think I mostly need to find a more consistent outlet during the day so I can still get the sleep I need.

    Fiona Hatfield

    September 4, 2013

    The sleep thing was the weight watcher’s habit for the month of August. I’ve been working on it for the month of August, but now that school is back, I need to start again :) good luck it is totally worth it

    wendy

    September 5, 2013

    My husband sucked me into Breaking Bad too. We’d end up watching 3-4 episodes per night and I was tired too.

    Deb

    September 5, 2013

    I am sucked into THE LEAGUE now, and of course the fact that Pirates games are on late ( They are in first, I gotta watch). Suits, and now FOOTBALL. I try to only snack on wheat thins or granola bars, but I could eat a whole box. I am now trying to eat dinner later, so i dont snack, and I have a big sammich for lunch around 2, to keep me full.

    Courtney

    September 5, 2013

    Breaking Bad sucks you in like nobody’s business! Lately, I’m guilty of reading too many blogs! LOL

    J247

    September 6, 2013

    Social media addiction is a real thing! Especially when your job depends on it. I was astounded at the time I had when I let my twitter feed go silent. I do miss it but real interaction is so much better in unlimited characters..lol.

    Coco

    September 8, 2013

    I totally need to join you, but I’m not quite there yet. Right now I’m working on getting 6 hours of sleep – in bed by 11 when my alarm goes off at 5.

    Benjamin

    September 17, 2013

    I can completely relate but it’s mostly reading (like just about anything) for me

    Ashley Soul

    October 3, 2013

    Oh man, I think we are the same!!! Just finished Breaking Bad last Sunday after having a marathon of the ones that weren’t on NETFLIX. Just found your blog today and love it.