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Last Friday, I totally splurged on myself and bought a Fitbit Surge. It is some of the latest "get off your butt and get moving" wearable technology on the market.
It tracks my calories, my steps, the number of floors I climb each day, the number of miles I walk, where I walk (with built in GPS location mapping) and most importantly, my sleep.
Why most importantly the sleep? Because I am always, always tired.
I don't sleep well, but I never really knew exactly how well or how poorly until now.
I know that I cannot sleep more than 6 hours. That's a really good amount of straight through sleeping for me. Any longer and my lower back screams at me for hours after I awake.
More often, though, I struggle to stay asleep once I'm out. Partly, because I have a husband that works weird shifts, and he doesn't sleep well. When he's home and can't sleep, neither can I.
Also partly because I'm perimenopausal and my hormones are totally whacked out. My doctor says, "You'll feel great in 3-5 years."
WHAT?! Basically, I am going to be a grumpy snit while my girls go through middle school and puberty. Ouch.
So, back to the Fitbit Surge. I wear it at night and it "reads" me and records my times of sleep/rest and my times of restlessness or awakefulness.
This is what the last three days looked like:
This is why I am always tired. The dark blue is when I'm sleeping. The aqua colored lines are when I was restless or awake.
Saturday, my hubby kept waking me up accidentally. Sunday I was hormonal. Monday and Tuesday, I was finally exhausted enough to sleep through a REM stage.
My goal is 6 hours. My prayer is 7 - 8 hours of sleep, but I'd be required to go to bed earlier and pray my back cooperated.
I'm working on that.
What impact does this lack of sleep have on me?
First, I'm overweight and I struggle terribly to lose it. Even when I follow the calories in/calories out method, the no carbs method, the 1200 cal per day method, the everything-under-the-sun-method that I've tried for years and years, I still struggle to lose the weight.
I think I've found (at the very least) a contributing factor.
I'm never not tired. Getting off my weary behind to simply go for a walk feels like I'm asking myself to climb Mt. Everest.
Now that I work in an office, mid-afternoon at around 2 pm, I start to droop and lag. I feel my productivity drop like a stone, and I yearn for all those naps I didn't take as a kid.
When I purchased this Fitbit Surge I decided to commit to getting out of my current shape of round and getting into a better shape. Fit.
In my self-commitment of taking better care of me, I will start by making sleep a priority. We'll see what Fitbit Surge has to say about that after a couple more weeks.
Matthew 11:28 (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Do you get enough sleep? Do you sleep too much?
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