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?