Friday, March 5, 2010

sleeping on the weekend

It's Finally Friday! YEAH!! I'm not sure why I'm so excited about Friday this week, I have such a busy weekend coming up. We are getting one of our rental properties ready to put on the market and we'll be painting all weekend. But, it is the weekend. So, YAY!!!

Do you change up your routine just because it is the weekend? I try to stick with my normal routine of workout, eating and water, but I just seem to have more fun on the weekend. Since I work from home, it doesn't make much of a difference for me. I do know that when I had an office job, it was completely different!

I think it is so important to get our sleep into a good routine. Even on the weekends, you should go to sleep at the same time and wake at the same times. You can vary a little, but getting out of my routine can affect me for days. Last weekend, my father-in-law, Bill, was in the hospital. I stayed overnight with the in-laws on Friday night and didn't get much sleep at all (about 2 hours), boy talk about a crabby patty!!!! I am still trying to get caught up on my sleep from that night.

So, even though it is the weekend, be sure to stick as close as possible to your sleep routine. A good night's rest is important :

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:

1) Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.

2) Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

3) Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.

4) Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

5) Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

6) Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

I do know that when I do get enough sleep, I feel better, I look better and Brian will certainly tell you that I am easier to get along with :)

It's Friday Follow!!!!

This is my 3rd week to participate in Friday Follow. This is a lot of fun and a great way to find some great blogs and people!

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If you are new to Feeling Fit With Dana, I'm glad you stopped by and hope that you will enjoy what you find here. I like to focus on being healthy and will include healthy recipes (usually vegetarian) and we always have Fit Club Mondays. I have a workout song of the day that you can turn on and dance around! I also do product reviews and host giveaways on occasion! So, take a moment and look around. Be sure to get to bed on time, no staying up too late on Friday Follow!


  1. You are so right about the important of a good night sleep!

    Stoppingby from Friday Follow! Can't wait to look around!!

  2. This is a great blog, thanks for finding me! I'm your newest follower!

  3. I'm stopping by for FF. I would like to sleep again! :0)

  4. Following from Friday Follow, hope you can come by sometimes. Have a great weekend.

  5. I also keep to my routine on the weekends! I still go to bed around 9:30 and get up by 6:30 to do my workout, even though I'm awake at my usual time of 5:30...but I don't want to wake up Hubby too early on the weekends!

  6. I am your newest follower from friday follow.

  7. Happy Friday!

  8. I am a new follower to your blog - and I am also a Friday Follower!

  9. Hi there and happy FF! I'm a new follower!


  10. Happy Friday Follow!

    Following you from...

  11. Hi, found your great blog through Friday Follow. Now following!

  12. Found you through Friday Follow. LOVE the workout songs list on the sidebar! It's a challenge sometimes to find the right beat that I enjoy walking to in some new music. :)

  13. Hi Dana, stopping by from SITS! Wonderful post on sleep!

  14. Dana,
    Thanks for stoppong by mom blog.. I was a personal fitness trainer for years. Love your site - I'm a followers now.

  15. Getting enough sleep is a big one! I can feel a difference pretty quickly if I get off schedule these days! lol

  16. Thanks for stopping by. I'm already following on FF!

  17. I'm your newest follower, I found you through Friday follow! Only it's I still count? :)

    I hope you will come check my blog out too!

    Have a great weekend!

  18. my, i think this is a message...i only get about 5 hours of sleep these days...actually i feel fine too...but i'm not losing my baby weight...which is very unusual for me. glad to have popped in.

  19. Hey just stopping by to say Hi from Friday Follow!

    Happy Follow Friday!


  20. I work at home as well & know what you mean about the weekend. I still get excited for my friends though when Friday rolls around :) Since I have become a mobile business, I have found that my sleep routine pretty much carries through all week. I love it! Stopping by from the Lady Blogger's Tea Party (a day late) but I LOVE your blog!

  21. Hi there!

    I found you through "Friday Follow" and am now following your blog through Google Friend Connect. I look forward to reading more of your posts! Come on over and visit us when you have a free moment. <3


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