So when the Primal Labrador (PL) and I moved in together, we had both been sleeping alone for quite a few years. One result was we had not only become bed cover hogs; we were used to the quiet of sleeping alone. Suddenly having someone else in the bed came as quite a shock to us both, him especially as I tend to roll myself up in the doona and end up as snug as a bug in a rug while he ends up freezing…
Anyway, I digress.
As I had been losing weight and given up my nightly glass of wine or three, I had at stopped snoring and was beginning to sleep more soundly throughout the night. I started waking up much earlier and with more energy, however, we both found that we were waking each other up periodically throughout the night with movement and breathing sounds, and of course the never-ending battle over the bed covers!
It took a few weeks of the PL threatening to bite me (and if a Labrador has ever bitten you, you will understand why that’s not a good thing in the middle of the night!) until I learned not to roll around in the covers so much. He, on the other hand, had to get used to having me drape myself all over him.
If you know the PL’s story, you would know why sleep is so vital to him. Anthony had already done the research into the importance of good sleep and what we could do to improve our nightly slumbers.
He discovered that sleeping with some sound running in the background acted as a form of white noise, which would cancel out our breathing, snorts and snuffles. In summer this was done with a rather large fan, blowing a very pleasant breeze across the bed. Not only cooling us but making a rather soothing hum. I quickly became used to this and began sleeping very deeply, and I’m sure there are times that the PL thought I was dead!
However, as the seasons rolled on and summer packed her bags and gave way to autumn, the fan was relegated to the corner, and we found we were waking each other up again… and so began the hunt for another solution.
We tried many different noise generators – from guided meditations, flute music, Chinese bells tinkling, crickets, jungle sounds and waves crashing on a beach even complete with the bloody seagulls!
After a few nights of each, I would be ready to break the speaker while the PL slept like a baby through them all (Men… Sheesh!).And then we found it, the holy grail of sleep sounds – well for me anyway – rain on a tin roof complete with the occasional crack of lightning and crash of thunder rolling in the distance.
Oh blessed heavenly peace was restored to the room and wonderful, wonderful sleep was achieved again, and even the PL started sleeping more deeply.
There is just something so soothing about drifting off to sleep while listening to the drumming of rain on the roof, almost primal even…
Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for good health, not only does it restore the body but it helps regulate your metabolism, which is vital when you are trying to lose weight.
Even when you are asleep, your body is still burning calories, although at a slower rate than during the day, but more importantly your body will enter a fasted state and you’ll be burning body fat while you sleep! If you’re eating the right sorts of foods, lots of good fats and proteins, you can lose weight overnight.
The link below is a good simple overview of how a lack sleep can have an effect on your metabolism:
Sleep plays a vital role in regulating metabolism and appetite. When sleep deprived, the metabolic system will be out of balance, which will ultimately affect the dietary choices people make.
There are some simple things you can do to help ensure you get a good nights sleep.
- Make sure your room isn’t too hot or cold
- Making the room as dark as possible
- If needed use a white noise generator, there are some excellent apps around, or even try earplugs
- Wear loose clothing or none at all
- Keep blankets and coverings as light as possible
- Try not to nap, get up and move around if feeling that dreaded mid-afternoon slump
- Try to go to get to bed reasonably early so you can get up with the sun each day.
- Watch what you eat, try not to eat after 6 pm, and if possible avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Don’t use your phone, computer, tv or other blue light devices for at least an hour before going to sleep.
During the day try to get some sun each day, and spend a bit of time outside, as bright sunlight is good for stimulating your metabolism.
You could also try taking a vitamin D supplement, as a lot of people have very low Vitamin D levels from a lack of sun. Sunblock can also block the absorption of Vitamin D through the skin and into the body, and I know the PL has refused to use sunscreen for several years after reading research papers into some of the detrimental effects.
This link is superb for explaining how vitamin D and sleep are tightly related:
I hope this will help you on your journey to wellness.
Sleep well, I know I will!