Here's another reminder regarding the benefits of sleep for weight loss from the ever-interesting New York Times. This is a must read.
I was also struck by one of the commenters, who wisely said,
Interesting the connection with sleep and possibly hormones. I hope this will help calm the negativity and blame directed at fat people. There are still so many things we don’t completely understand about weight loss/management.
There is, indeed, much that we do not understand.
Personally, although I don't believe I'm particularly sleep-deprived--at least most of the time--I feel that the quality of my sleep is not all that it should be. I'm not sure why, but I feel that I rarely sleep deeply. I know that I toss and turn a lot. My husband is always complaining about how all the covers end up on my side of the bed. I also have many mini periods of wakefulness. I wouldn't call it insomnia, but again, it's not deep, restful sleep. Something to ponder. Should I be drinking warm milk before bed?
P.S. And to go along with the sleeping article, let's hear it for napping too! Read this.