Did you know that your lack of sleep could be dramatically affecting your sugar addiction and the ability to lose weight? Today we are going to talk about sugar and sleep but first I want to introduce you to my “Friday Friend”.
I have been amazed at all the people who have encouraged me and reached out to me to share their desire to live a healthier lifestyle that does not revolve around sugar. This journey has taught me how much sugar impacts my everyday life and how the physical problems I have been struggling with can be directly attributed to my addiction to sugar.
Friday Friends- Meet Tania
Tania Stephens, 50 Is Not Old, recently shared her desire to break with sugar. Both her and husband are about to start the journey to a healthier sugar-less lifestyle. Tania is one of the original “over 50 bloggers” and has been an inspiration to me not only in the blogging community but in fashion as well. Tania has recently retired and is enjoying life as an empty nester and grandmother. I have loved seeing the pics of her trips to Alaska to visit her daughter and her trip to Mexico with Roden and Fields, as well as her adventures with her grandchildren.
Tania’s, 50 Is Not Old, showcases everyday fashion for real women. Her style is fun and quirky and she shows women how to look stylish on a small budget. She does a FABULOUS job of posting daily (some are very funny) so that you can get inspiration on affordable fashion and beauty to help you feel stylish. We are linking up and sharing a post today, so check her out here.
Sugar And Sleep
Today is all about sugar and sleep. I recently rewarded myself for my dedication to my 21 Day Sugar Detox program with new PJ’s from Soma. A night of good sleep has been a problem I have dealt with for years, but I am learning that it also may be directly affecting my blood sugar.
The amount of sleep, especially deep sleep, has a direct impact on your body’s sugar levels. Less sleep decreases your body’s ability to release insulin so your blood sugar levels stay high during the night. Because of this, your body secretes more of the stress hormone, Cortisol, to counteract this. Remember stress=belly fat! So not only are we gaining belly fat but have high blood glucose levels which could lead to Type 2 Diabetes. To make matters even worse, there is a direct link with lack of sleep and cravings for sugar. Poor sleep interferes with the appetite-regulating hormones, Leptin, and Ghrelin.
If you suffer from chronic inflammation, your sleep may be to blame too. Inflammation comes with the presence of Cytokines, chemical messengers that have been shown to regulate sleep. Elevated Cytokines have been linked to trouble sleeping and to insomnia. Inflammation can create pain and stiffness in the body that makes it difficult to fall asleep and sleep soundly. It is that perpetual sugar addiction cycle and you can’t break it until you deal not only with sugar but sleep too.
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Good news is since I have begun my 21 Day Sugar Detox program, I have slept like a baby a good deep, healing sleep. On Monday I will post some of the “helpful hints” that I have been using to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Check out my 21Day Sugar Detox Journey:
- 21 Day Sugar Detox Program
- One Week Preparation For 21 Day Sugar Detox
- Hidden Sugars!
- Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms
- Sugar And Stress
- Fruit-Nature’s Candy
- Surviving The Weekend
Don’t forget to check out Tania, 50 Is Not Old. She is showcasing great ideas for transitioning to fall.