I need more sleep!

For those who don't know (probably the majority of people on the Internet), I don't eat red meat. I haven't had any cow meat since February 2011, and have only had pork (in the form of bacon) a handful of times since then. I went completely vegetarian for a week as part of a school assignment, and found that limiting my intake of meats seemed to help my often unsettled stomach quiet down. So I kept it up, and eventually added bird and seafood back into my diet so that I could get a reasonable amount of protein in my daily diet.

And I (incorrectly) assumed it would be the protein levels that would mess up my system and make me feel more run-down or tired. Wrong!

I just learned that there's a vitamin — B12 — that plays a large part in your energy levels, and it's found almost exclusively in red meat. I've been depriving myself of this vitamin unknowingly for nine whole months! No wonder I've been more tired than normal for so long.

I work a desk job, and coming home at the end of the day meant flopping on the couch. I'd be in bed by 8 or 9 pm some nights, and would still wake up feeling not rested in the morning. I would have limited energy all day, every day, regardless of how much sleep I got the night before. Even on weekends I would frequently be tired despite being able to sleep in.

I've recently started taking B12 vitamins in the morning, and the difference is night and day (or, as Thomas puts it, compared to before it's like I'm on speed when I get home now).

However, vitamins can only go so far! I still don't sleep well at night, and the last few days have been especially bad. Tuesday night Thomas and I stayed up late to watch Batman: The Dark Knight (omgomgomg so good) and last night we went to bed relatively early (11 pm) but woke up at 4:30 am this morning before Thomas realized he didn't have to be at work until 7, not 6. So I was up at 4:30, 5:30 then finally 6:30 am.

Starting to feel sleepy, but it's still the "I could use a nap" sleepy as opposed to before when it was "I feel like I physically can't take another step" level of drained.

Tonight, I think we're staying in (went out last night) and relaxing. Tomorrow, I'm going to the football game with my cousin! Plus, this weekend Thomas and I will be going clothes shopping (Bootlegger, yes please!) then grocery shopping to cook dinner for my parents on Sunday night.

So much to look forward to in the coming days, including my new job starting on the 14th! Now, to just get some energy and sleep so that I'm conscious enough to enjoy it all!

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