No, I didn’t totally forget about my personal Better Sleep Challenge! While this little project didn’t go as planned, I did learn a lot during the past few weeks.
My original intention was to get more sleep during the work week by going to bed at 10:30 pm on Monday to Thursday. Honestly, that totally didn’t happen. Screwed! While I did come close on a few days, more often than not I stayed up until way past 11 pm.
But I think I did at least figure out a few ways to improve my quality of sleep. I’ve made an effort to get all my preparations for the next day (packing breakfast, lunch, and snacks, laying out my clothes, packing my gym bag) done earlier in the evening, so that I can really relax and unwind afterwards. I also skipped my usual late night hot chocolate on most nights, as I’ve found that the cocoa and the sugar, even if only small amounts, kept me alert and awake for quite a while. Surprisingly, I did manage to turn off my laptop at around 10 pm almost every night, even if there were still a few unread posts left in my Google Reader.
I’ve also learned that a strict, early bed time created a lot of pressure, which made falling asleep even harder for me.
The bottom line is that I can’t force myself to do something that I don’t really want.
I know I should get more sleep during the week, but I just can’t force myself to go to bed when I’m not ready yet. I want to finish watching a thrilling movie, read some interesting blog posts, and talk and cuddle with my husband. Even if it’s not rational, those things are more important to me than an extra 30 minutes of sleep.
After all, I still have the weekends to catch up on missed sleep.
And with that, I’m off to bed!