Blog #10 ~ The Jane Experiment
I love sleep. I love to nap. I love it all.
Usually when I’m tired, or lethargic, or low energy, I assume I’m sleepy. So I take a little cat nap; 25mins to an hour usually does it.
But lately as I’ve been measuring and documenting my food, I’ve also started measuring my sleep. (both with iPhone apps!) And I’ve noticed that food actually gives me energy! And, maybe, those times when I’m sleepy, it’s because I’ve forgotten to eat, or I ate sugar and then crashed. Totally news to me that all that was related.
This may seem like common knowledge to most, but I’m really starting to see the correlation between what I put in my body, how I treat it, and then how it delivers and behaves.
I still enjoy a great nap and a good nights sleep, but with my spastic schedule it is good to know that there are other ways to energize myself. Lots of people drink coffee or green tea, or do jumping jacks. I want to find/create an optimal state of having just enough sleep, plus eating the best food for me and my body and lifestyle.
The general ‘rule’ of 8-9 hours of sleep sounds so lovely and awesome but feels closer to a fairy tale most of the time. Of course, sometimes after a long day I feel like I could sleep for 100 years…
When there are so many things we want to do in a day, how can we optimize our sleep and eating to best serve us? I’ve noticed for myself that I’m likely to sleep less when there are more ‘fun’ things to do in my day. Being on set, having a hot date, etc.
There must be a way to motivate myself into that energy, even when all I have to do in a day is get up and go to work. That’s something I’d really like to find.
As I’ve been working out more, and monitoring eating in and around the workouts, I’ve noticed there seem to be ways to stay more awake and present while sweating and exerting. Feeling jazzed afterwards, not exhausted. Protein, water, and less sugar seem to be a few I’ve attacked with my measuring stick of curiosity.
I remember once hearing that sleeping burns calories, and that really enforced my love of sleep! Of course it doesn’t burn as many as running, but it is important to keep our bodies going.
When I get just the right amount of sleep and a great breakfast I feel so rested, healthy and full of energy! Doing the research and talking to Chad about how to use this effectively is beyond helpful, slowly I’m making my life more regular.
What are your sleeping patterns like? Is it best for you to keep the length somewhat normal, or the same? Does that even effect you?
It’s so interesting how each of our bodies and systems are so unique!
Hope you all have a fun and restful weekend! Check out some sleep apps, or even noting when you go to bed and wake up in Evernote can be helpful. I put it in with my food diary.