Consistency in Sleep Patterns and Popsicle Testing in Progress

 

Hi ya’ll!  Happy Tuesday! How is your week going so far? Yesterday was very productive for me… until I hit the 3pm slump… do you ever hit that point where you either need a lot of caffeine or a long nap?  The latter won yesterday.  I’m not usually much of a nap person, but ever since I started my job that requires me to be at work at 6am, I have been a nap person.  Like I really need a nap after that early wake up call.  I started getting used to the early mornings for a while, but for whatever reason, I am really struggling lately to stay awake come mid afternoon.  

A few months ago my doctor advised me to develop consistent sleep patterns.  She said it was important to go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day.  While I see the importance in this, it is very hard for me to want to wake up around 5 am on the weekend days.  During the week, on the days I don’t work, I do attend an early morning Body Pump class at the gym to maintain my normal early morning wake up time.  I don’t sleep in late on the weekends, but sometimes 7 or 8am sounds realllllllly nice compared to 5am.  I also am guilty of staying up later on the weekends, which definitely doesn’t help my case.  I truly believe sleep is one of, if not the most important aspect of health.  When we are tired, we crave sugar to help us stay awake.  When we haven’t had enough sleep, our workouts suffer.  When we are exhausted, we over-compensate with caffeine, which can interfere with sleep, starting the vicious cycle over once again.  

Tell me, how many hours of sleep do you get per night?  Are your sleep patterns similar on the weekends to what they are during the week?  What are your tips for getting a good night’s rest?


Watermelon popsicles in the making!!  I love making my own popsicles for hot summer days when I need a refreshing, cool snack.  I am experimenting with a few different combinations so I will report back when I have a winner (or two!). Have you ever made home-made popsicles?  Favorite recipe?

 

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Can’t get over this picture of this sweet pup.  How cute is he? 

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Another cute picture I found on my phone from this weekend.  Riley is really loving my husband lately.  🙂

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Cuddling pups on the couch. (Don’t make fun of our tray tables… I know, we are getting old…) 😉 

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This is my go-to easy lunch when I am at home.  A big salad with sweet potato fries.  This salad had kale, romaine, chopped almonds, hard boiled egg whites, avocado and lite raspberry dressing.  Yum!!

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I hope you all have a wonderful day!!  See you tomorrow!! 

Questions:

  1. How many hours (on average) do you sleep each night?
  2. Do you wake up/go to sleep around the same time on the weekends as the weekdays?
  3. Ever made home-made popsicles? Recipe?

8 thoughts on “Consistency in Sleep Patterns and Popsicle Testing in Progress

  1. Those popsicles look delicious! I definitely want to start making them this summer.

    I try to get at least 8-9 hours of sleep during the week… I’m one of those people who needs it haha! On weekends it’s hard… I stay up later and sleep in which definitely makes me tired/lethargic come monday morning. :/ Maybe one of these days I’ll break the cycle…

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  2. During the week, I aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep. I am up around 7-8 during the week and try to get to sleep by 11/11:30. Obviously, some days are different and the weekends are thrown off a bit, but I think that is okay! I think napping is definitely important too.I find myself requiring an afternoon nap some days, and even fit it into my schedule sometimes. Sleep is SO important though, and I am guilty of not getting enough of it sometimes.

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  3. i usually sleep 7-9 hours a night. I also have to wake up at 5:30 for work and dont get home til 5:15pm each week night so im exhausted by the end of the week. Saturdays and Sundays unless I have to be somewhere I let my body sleep until whenever it wants. I usually wake up between 7:30-830 naturally.

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  4. So strange question, do you not have a set work schedule because you said that you have days where you don’t work during the week. I would so love that at some point in my life. Currently I work M-F and I go to bed between 8:45 and 9:30pm during the week and I get up at 4:20am for Crossfit 5am workouts during the week. On the weekends I usually get up around 7 or 7:30am because I honestly do not want to get too much out of my sleep pattern over the weekend.

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    1. Hey Lindsay,
      I only work part time (3 days during the week), but I have a lot of flexibility so I can switch which days I work each week too (which is soo nice). It works really well since I travel a lot with my husband. It sounds like you are really consistent with your sleep schedule, which is something I really really need to work on!

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