Tuesday rant: Sleep n Sprains

Not enough sleep makes me grouchy as hell and generally not on top form which makes me frustrated.  Some lucky people seem to be able to have 3-5hrs sleep a night and still whizz around sprightly – #jealousmuch.  8 hours a night I need, I do love sleep though, it’s a much better world inside my dreams than it is here. 🙂

Anyway, in addition to my sleep deprivation my sprained ankle has STILL not healed properly.  I should get it checked out.  It seems that doing anything more than walking on it makes it painful and uncomfortable…annoying is an understatement.  In case food stuffs have something to do with it, I found this cool link in my mailbox this morning from mindbodygreen that I thought I’d share:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-18643/11-ways-youre-inadvertently-causing-inflammation.html

And while I’m on the links, here is one on the importance of sleep: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

I’m off for an early night… night All..

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Sprain Pain!

So this morning I cleverly managed to sprain my ankle falling down the stairs.  I can’t even remember when I last sprained my ankle it was that long ago but damn does it hurt!  The pain hasn’t subsided all day so I’m taking an early night in hope that sleep will heal some of the damage.

Hope you’re having a better day than me!

Goodnight all.

Shut up and let me sleep!!!!

Sometimes we have trouble sleeping, it can be for various reasons, stress, worry, anxiety, too many thoughts whirring around in our mind about the things we need to do, the list goes on.  In my case, the lack of sleep was the lunatic upstairs attempting to play on his keyboard again…. IT’S 2AM ON A SUNDAY!!!!!  I lay there thinking, perhaps I can let the dull two repeated notes blur into the background of my mind, like a distant noise.  But it was too late.  I was becoming more and more angry, the rage had grown inside of me and before I knew it my fist was pounding on the wall.  He continued, oblivious.  Now, I hate complaining and I’m pretty much the last person to go out of my way to complain but this has been happening on and off for months now.  I had posted him a letter a couple of months back to politely ask that he refrain from ‘playing’ after 11pm on work nights. Clearly, he’s ignored that.  Anyway, it took me having to drag myself out of bed, put on some clothes and shoes and pound on his door for him to lean out the window to hear me ask him to please turn the music down!!!  How I managed to still use the word please and not fill the sentence with profanity is beyond me.  Sadly, despite then lying in welcomed silence, I was awake for at least another hour as I had been wound up so much.

Anyway, I just wanted to get all that off my chest.  I haven’t been sleeping too well lately and it has highlighted that no matter how healthily you eat – sleep is a very important factor in feeling healthy and happy.

Just a few benefits of sleep as you may already know are:

  • Improved memory
  • Clearer thinking
  • Better mood (obvs!)
  • Better weight control
  • Stronger immunity
  • More creative

Here’s a helpful overview I found here on how you might feel without enough sleep:

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So here’s hoping I get my sleep back and the idiot upstairs keeps quiet during the night and early hours of the morning.

And for those of you who don’t have an inconsiderate neighbour keeping you awake but are looking for some tips on how to sleep better, I found a good website that gives quite a few ideas here:
http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-quiet-and-let-me-sleep-2/

Keep calm and happy sleeping.

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Tease me, tease me, tease me Baby

Okay, so I’ve been getting some ribbing from friends as I’ve been on this new health journey for 2 weeks now.  I’m learning about what foods contain which I never knew before and so I’m a bit like an excited puppy spurting out my new-found knowledge to whoever is around me whenever something reminds me… which might be peeving some people and also giving them the impression I’m going full on health nut.

I’m not.

I’m not capable of completely radically changing my diet so that I’m T-total and only eating fruit and vegetables – not only am I not capable – I don’t want to either.  My view is we have One life and I don’t want to live that life completely depriving myself of everything we’re told is ‘bad’.  However, I don’t want to look and feel like crap in the meantime* (*between now and when I die) either so that’s why I’m on this journey – to introduce some balance into my life!  I think that’s totally fine to do – and so I’m going to get a bit excited when I discover something new, and I’m going to share it because that’s what I do – I want to feel good and I want others to feel good too! So tease away!

I read an article today about why diets and ‘cleanses’ don’t work and again it seems to come down to the radical changes that you’re having to throw into your life and – no wonder – your body and mind is thinking ‘what the ….’ and it’s probably making you feel more crap so you end up thinking what is the point.  I still maintain introducing these new things into your diet and life slowly is the answer, let it creep into your life unnoticed.

So I’ve been making a concerted effort to eat more healthily and avoid my ol’ tea with two sugars and milk (replaced with green tea or warm water and lemon) and avoid sodas (replaced with water) and yea, I’ve had some days where I have not felt great but that may have been more to do with the lunatic upstairs who plays (or rather tries to play) his keyboard (two or three notes over and over and over) until the early hours of the morning so I have had very little sleep – I need sleep!!  Anyway, I will tell you what I have noticed has changed about myself since starting this:

  • Random spurts of energy where I am compelled to jump around, dance or do something active ! for 10-20 mins till it dies down – weird.
  • Less bloating of my stomach and definitely have not had the pain or uncomfortable feeling after eating.
  • My skin! I usually have a splattering of spots on my forehead, despite being way past my teenage years, these haven’t disappeared completely but have definitely reduced.
  • My nails are growing again (last time they were like this was when I was on holiday last year) normally they break and flake easily.

Maybe this is all just a fluke, maybe I’m just imagining it but either way I think it’s all good and it’ll be interesting to see how it all develops!

In the meantime – feel free to tease 🙂

Keep on even when you least feel like it

I haven’t been feeling my best the last few days but I’m keen to get back up to full speed as soon as possible – so despite me moping around feeling very sorry for myself I have ensured I’m still getting those good foods into my system and drinking the herbal teas and plenty of water – avoiding my default sugary sodas.  I can’t say I’m feeling too sprightly just yet but I’m not feeling too hellish either.  Now I just need a good night’s sleep and I’ll be ready for another day.