Sleep-less… Eat More?

Yesterday I listed a bunch of healthy habits I’m focusing on while growing Baby D.  One I forgot to mention? Sleep. Sleep is so important.

which is why I’m missing it so much :(

I’ve always been a great sleeper-at least 8 hours of solid sleep a night.  And I love my sleep.  It totally makes or breaks a day for me.  But lately, sleep has sucked.  Not an eloquent way to put it, but I couldn’t care less right now.

Every night for the past week or so, as soon as 3:30am rolls around my eyes POP open.  Like clockwork.  Usually it’s to relieve my full bladder, which is fine.  But what is NOT fine, is that I can’t go back to sleep afterwards.  I lay (lie?) there with my eyes closed, sometimes drifting in and out of sleep again until 6:30am or 7:00am, but some days, like today, it’s inevitable.  I’m up for the day.

So I’ve been awake since 3:30am, and finally accepted it and got out of bed shortly after 4:00am.

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That’s early.  Even Koda didn’t budge when I left the room, which is rare.

I made myself breakfast…

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and got to returning emails, reading blogs and other office tasks.  Now it’s almost 7:00am and I can tell I’m in for a long day.

I’ve read that one side effect of lack of sleep is eating more throughout the day.  I’m curious, so I’m going to constantly update today’s post with the food I’m eating throughout the day.  It’s a bit selfish, but I’d like to see if Baby D’s 3:30am wake up calls are leaving me to rely more heavily on food to fuel me throughout the day.

…now off to brew a cup of decaf coffee…

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The best part about waking up super early? Second breakfast!

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I just love how the chia seeds get gel-ly in yogurt.  To non-chia-eaters, this may sound gross, but it’s really neat!  Plus, you don’t have to chew them to get the omega-3s, unlike flax. See ya later :)

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My first pregnancy exercise FAIL.

I wanted to get a walk in with Koda-bug and decided to try and get in 4 miles before I ate lunch and headed out to some meetings this afternoon.  So I suited up the pup and we were off.

PS- this is what I see when I look down…my lovely lady bump.

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Anyways… I was just over 1 mile in when I realized I had to go.  Ugh… I just went before I left the house! I decided to fight through it.  But I didn’t get much further before I realized, no, I needed to turn around because I had to GO.

I picked up my pace and headed home, but on the way back I began to get light headed. Uh-oh. I should have eaten.  My forehead broke out in a cold sweat and I was certain I was going to have to hitchhike the measly 3/4 mile back to the house.

No cars came… I kept fighting.

Finally- HOME.  I rushed in the door knowing I needed sugar in my system. STAT.

My hand shook as I sliced up a kiwi.

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I might have eaten all the slices in one giant bite.  Phew- that helped.

Now on to real food.  I raided the fridge and through together lunch.

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Refried beans, brown rice, a tomato and 1/2 an avocado…

…all mixed up with some salsa.

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Devoured.

A bottle of water and my Juice Plus gummies went down the hatch, too.

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Now, I’m starting to feel human again.  Lesson learned.

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Busy afternoon with the biz, and go figure- I got hungry 1/2 way through :)  So I stopped for a snack (or a second lunch).

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I just got home and needed another snack.  I remembered the celery and Catalina I mentioned the other that and it sounded yummy!

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Then to top it off, I indulged in a chocolate truffle my neighbor had brought by.  She is a great baker and sweet maker… Sorry K-diz, no chocolate for you!

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Off to get to work on dinner… I’m so excited about it!

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Prepare to wipe the drool off your screen.

For dinner I used Jessica’s brilliant idea of goat cheese stuffed crust.  And I’m so glad I did!

I made the dough, let it rise, put Hubbs to work on rolling it out, then got my hands messy stuffing the crust.

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We topped it off with a bit of marinara, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, broccoli and fresh herbed mozzarella.

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15 minutes and many, many giant sniffs of the delicious aroma later… dinner!

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We cut it into sixths and I had 2 slices.  Amazing.

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So delicious!

So my overall thoughts on the day? I don’t think I ate much more than usual by being sleep deprived.  Maybe the truffle was due to needing a pick me up, since I’m not really a sweets person… but maybe it was just because my neighbor makes delicious truffles :)

Good night!

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Comments

  1. says

    An update throughout the day – what a treat!! :) I get up at 2:30 – 3:00 am every morning for work and get home at 4:30 pm….since I’ve taken on this crazy schedule I would definitely say I’m relying on food to fuel me through the day – BUT, healthy snacks – diced fruits, veggies, etc. If I were relying on reese cups, snickers, cheez-its….then we might have a problem, ha :)

  2. says

    I have had bouts of similar insomnia (although not baby-induced) and I, too, tend to just wake up and give in to the day. I’ve also heard that you eat more throughout the day when you sleep less, but I’m more interested in if the correlation is due to higher stress levels causing lack of sleep causing stress eating, etc. [Or the fact that you are simply awake longer and have more time to eat.]

  3. says

    I am up at 4am every day. I have two breakfasts every day too!! Gotta love those 4ams!!!

    I hope you are doing well!! I love your posts…I am living the baby dream through you! (we are not ready for a kiddo yet)

  4. Kelli says

    That sucks! I am the same way. Sleep totally can determine how my day will be. Hopefully this is just temporary and you can get back to your normal schedule.

  5. says

    oohh girly, Baby D is already preparing you for the sleepless nights ahead of you after he/she arrives!! You are still working out though right? That really helped me continue to sleep good before baby arrived is exercise!!

  6. says

    I feel you on the lack of sleep thing. I haven’t been sleeping well either. Earlier this week, I also got up around 4:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I did find that I was hungrier throughout the day. It feels like I ate a lot more than usual.

  7. says

    I just spotted you from a comment at Daily Garnish and wanted to say hi! I’m currently 15 weeks preggo (due just after you on Sept 14) and feeling your pain! I love the pregnancy posts that you’ve done and my jaw dropped at the no fro yo or soft serve bit. Did NOT know that! Luckily I’m more of an ice cream fan (doesn’t melt as quickly) so I think I’m good.

    Also, I wake up in the middle of the night as well. It’s definitely harder to get back to sleep. I’m sure it’ll only get worse with time but it makes me happy to know that I’m not alone and that every mother knows what it’s like!

    I don’t post too often but when I do it’s usually something pregnancy related. Feel free to say hello if you’d like!

  8. says

    Your little one is preparing you for what is to come! :) I had some nights like that while pregnant with both girls! They will pass and sleep will eventually come back. And then you will find the joys of the nights when you can’t keep your eyes open past 6! :)

  9. Jessica says

    Yep i’m 10 weeks and the exact same thing happens to me every night, exercise or no. I take a unisom every once in a while (too nervous to take it frequently) and sometimes I sleep through until 7 am! of course i still wake up a million times to go to the bathroom. No one mentioned this or the random congestion before I got pregnant. Does not help with the moodiness that’s inherent. At least you are making good use of your time, I just lie there or watch a dvd (somehow hubby sleeps through). Good luck!

  10. says

    I’m loving your food adventures of the day! It’s 2am for me now and I should really be sleeping, but I’ve decided to eat brownies and drink hot chocolate and read food blogs instead :) I really like your goats cheese stuffed crust, I think I shall try it at the weekend :)

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