Category Archives: SEX: Sleep and Exercise

REM Sleep Song

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep is very important for the human body. How important? Sing along with me and find out!

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REM sleep is like a toilet,

Flushing proteins from my head.

REM sleep is like a toilet,

Cleans my brain while I’m in bed.

 

REM sleep is like a good shrink,

Helps me process how I feel.

REM sleep is like a good shrink,

Glad or sad, it helps me deal.

 

REM sleep is like a movie,

Gives me dreams where I’m the star.

REM sleep is like a movie,

Sad or sweet or just bizarre.

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REM sleep is like a Xanax,

Lowers stress and blood pressure.

REM sleep is like a Xanax,

Boosts my mood, yup, that’s for sure.

 

REM sleep is like a Post It,

Replays memories like a flick.

REM sleep is like a Post It,

Makes my short term memory stick.

 

REM sleep is like a tutor,

Helps me retain what I’ve learned.

REM sleep is like a tutor,

Owe it all the A’s I’ve earned.

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REM sleep is like light bulb,

Make connections, mental leap.

REM sleep is like a light bulb,

Solve a problem while I sleep.

 

REM sleep is pretty special,

Make it a priority.

REM sleep is pretty special,

Sing its praises loud with me!

 

If you make a video of yourself singing this song, please send me the link!

 

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7

 

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Sleep, Weight Loss, and the Bible

8Sleep is important. The Bible talks about sleep as a reward for those God loves (Psalm 127:2) and Sleepless nights are on the list of sufferings that Paul endured for the Gospel (2 Corinthians 6:5). Even Jesus, God in the flesh, made time to sleep, most famously during storms (Matthew 8:24). God created our bodies to sleep regularly and therefore sleep has a purpose; it’s a necessity, not a luxury.

Sleep cleans our minds, heals our bodies, resets our mood, and helps our weight loss efforts be more effective. A rested body has more energy to exercise, makes better decisions about food, has more weight-loss-related hormones pumping through it, and lets go of extra weight easier.

Today’s post is short, but I encourage you to click on the links above for a reminder of why sleep is so important. If you have trouble getting to bed on time, don’t forget one powerful resource at your disposal: your husband.

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Bonus material:

One can argue that “sleep” and “rest” are two different things, but I think we modern humans struggle with both and the Bible talks about both, so here is some extra motivation to kick back, conk out, and stop striving.

God set an example: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:3)

Rest as eternal reward: “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) 

Rest is good: “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” (Psalm 62:1)

Professional Sleep

robin lopez yahoo sportsSleep is worth money. That’s what I took away from NPR’s recent story about sleep coaches. Professional sports teams are paying consultants and investing in technology to help their athletes sleep more and sleep better because it improves their performance. Finally, there is one thing I can brag about that I can do just as well as a professional athlete: sleep. I sleep like a pro.

Snuggle under your covers tonight with a smile because if you get your eight hours, you’re ahead of the game.

You can check out the transcript and other articles about sleep at NPR.

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2

Walk a Human this Christmas

Merry Christmas!

people-walkerThis week a 60 second documentary about The People Walker popped up in my Facebook feed and I have to say, I loved it. (The mini doc, not the fact that facebook clutters up my feed.) Chuck McCarthy hires himself out as a walking companion in California. His customers get accountability, exercise, and conversation; they get out and get moving and that’s the part I think is fantastic.

This Christmas you will spend time with people you’re related to but haven’t seen in months. This can feel awkward. Take them out and walk them: it’s easier to have a conversation when you’re walking instead of staring at each other.

Other people you spend time with will be people you see very often, perhaps too often. Take them out and walk them: it gives you a break from the hustle and bustle and clears your head. You can even spend the time together walking silently.

If you’re spending time with mini-people, take them out and walk them. Maybe run them. The more energy they use outside, the less hustle and bustle there will be inside. If the mini-people complain about the cold, tell them to walk faster.

May your Christmas be Christ-filled and Merry! Happy People-walking!

 

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2

March Ab-ness Contest Begins!

rock hard absIt’s time again for March Ab-ness, when we take a month to focus on strengthening our abs. This year we’re adding a little healthy competition. Keep track of how many minutes of ab exercises you do each day. They can be crunches, sit ups, full planks, knee planks, etc. Each week we’ll post our minute totals for that week. At the end of the month, whoever has worked their abs the hardest will win a free autographed copy of my new book, due to be released in a few short months. What could be better than Sex Soup and Two Fisted Eating? MORE Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating! 

So set a goal, work your abs, and let’s celebrate March Ab-ness!

Did you know that strengthening your abs also strengthens your back?

 

I’m addicted to Abs

I’m sure you’re all wondering how Abs for Money is coming along so I’ll tell you. I’m up to $5 in book money and I’ve discovered a way to make planking addictive. Technically I’m addicted to playing Fishdom, but I’ve discovered I can Plank and Play so it’s working.

fishdomFishdom is like any other match-3-or-more-and-clear-the-tiles game and therefore sucks away quarter hours by the handful with “one more try and I’ll quit, I promise”. Each level takes approximately 3 minutes to attempt which is deliciously equal to my 3 minute goal for abs per day. I set the timer on my phone for 3 minutes and get into plank position, then switch to Fishdom and start playing. The game distracts my brain from my screaming abs and–more often than not–when the timer goes off, I want to try the level again so I set  the timer again and go.

knee plankI’ve also discovered that you can plank on your knees. I hadn’t realized how long it’d been since I planked for real (on toes and elbows or hands like a push-up) and when my plank lasted a measly ten seconds, I said “Hmm, if you can alter push ups, why not planks?” It’s easier (obviously) on your knees and elbows, but it still works your abs and it keeps your hands free for playing Fishdom. This week I’m going to try going to toes again now that my abs are enormous…ly warmed up. Maybe.

If my elbows are tired of planking, I’ll flip over onto my back and hold my legs out at a 45 degree angle from the floor while I play.  How do you know when you’ve reached 45 degrees? Your abs will burn and you’ll want to drop your legs: that’s the sweet spot. If you look at your toes and it seems more like 85 degrees than 45, just listen to your abs: if they’re unhappy, you got it right.

The only time Plank and Play doesn’t work is when my kids see me on the floor and jump on my back. Maybe someday I’ll be able to plank with a child riding me, but I’ll need to defeat a few hundred Fishdom levels first.

 

Images courtesy of: Get Healthy U (knee plank) and Playrix and Google (Fishdom)