I am currently reading a book that I highly recommend, even though I haven’t finished it yet: Sleep Away the Pounds by Cherie Calbom, MS, with John Calbom, MA. I have learned so much about the various processes that take place during sleep which regulate the body’s metabolic processes, including the hunger impulse and fat gain or loss. I’ve taken the book’s advice to go to bed as soon after sunset as possible, in order to try to align my sleep cycle with the Circadian rhythm of nature. Now here I am up at 4:30, fully rested–but I went to bed at 8:30 and was asleep by 9:00 or 9:30. According to the book, allowing the body to rest fully, repair damage, and renew its hormonal cycles will do more to keep my body’s appetites under control and lose weight than pushing myself to be “both an early bird and a night owl.”

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