Health & Wellness

Why it is important to get enough #sleep to help with #weightloss & #BOTBresults

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! I am tired this morning, but I not too tired to forget to announce my #BOTBresults.  My last installment of the band show-down was totally lopsided, swinging heavily in favor of the Jamaican reggae duo consisted of Vernon Buckley and Gladstone Grant known as The Maytones!

On a scale from 1-10 (the higher the number, the greater your fondness is), how well do you like reggae?

Who is your favorite reggae artist/band?

Sample a taste of The Maytones Greatest hits while you visit me this morning and don’t forget the next round of BOTB will be on February 1st.

I read an interesting article on four ways your body blocks weight loss. I was aware of each point listed and had a general understanding.

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This brings me to the point of today’s post, have you ever wondered why it is important to get enough sleep to help with weight loss?

Giving your body proper rest produces the brain’s neurotransmitters called serotonin. This essential chemical regulates mood, sleep, and body temp. If you’re not getting enough, then you experience intense cravings for simple carbs and sweet. Why? Carbs help produce serotonin. The down side is it often times means weight gain.

The horrible thing with having neurotransmitter imbalance is the heightened pleasure of and overpowering desire for carbs is almost impossible for many to resist. That being said, I can say from personally experience while I’m certain this little neurotransmitter isn’t out of balance, I find it very difficult to stay away from sugary snacks, especially chocolate when I don’t get enough sleep.

It’s true, we all suffer with some sort of sleep issue a little or a lot. However, the key is keeping the serotonin at a healthy level in your body.  I stumbled across 10 Quick Tips to Boost Your Serotonin and Understanding Our Bodies: Serotonin, The Connection Between Food and Mood that’s worth reading.

Taking a mid-morning or early afternoon might be the ticket needed to increase my serotonin and cut my munchies!



That’s it for this time. I’m gropping around trying to find the direction and inspiration for my blog. Change is slow, but I’ll get there eventually. Until tomorrow, I will see you won’t I?, have a wonderful Thursday! 😉

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I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


  • Arlee Bird

    I don’t listen to heavy doses of reggae, but I enjoy the reggae flavor now and then. Bob Marley definitely did some good stuff, but I like when artists like The Police, Charlie Peacock, and Bruce Cockburn throw a reggae style song into the mix on their albums. Hardcore reggae can be interesting, but in smaller doses. It is a cool style though.

    I love sleep, but in many ways I wish I didn’t have to sleep so I could get more done. I usually have to take an afternoon nap and I sleep an average of 6 hours per night. I haven’t been losing any weight, but I’ve not been gaining any either.

    Tossing It Out

  • dcrelief

    Hi Cathy. So what was the final count on the battle? How lopsided are we talking? I just ask because I didn’t get back to see how it was going and well… I might be, “curious as a Cathy”.

    I’m truly not reggae, but then it took a long time for me to get Jazz, Country, and Opera. Scale 1-10 – I’m a one.(smile) Have a great afternoon!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      I think my brain is lopsided, Dixie! Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. The vote count was closer than I thought. Where was my mind? *sigh* Oh well…as it turns out is The Maytones 6 votes and Isaacs 5 votes. Next time, I’m gonna make sure I have coffee to drink before doing the count. *smack forehead*

  • Kisma

    Great post! I always joke how sleep is over rated but many in my office have had the crud and we tell them that rest is really the key to getting well. It’s our bodies best defense!

    • Cathy Kennedy

      Absolutely true. In 2013 when I was recovering from bowel re-sectioning surgery, my nurse reminded me that sleep was when my body did it’s healing and that it was important that I wasn’t in pain. So, I took my meds as prescribed with the hopes of speeding my recovery progress.

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