Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sleep Makeover Update: Week One

Intense wallpaper and a four poster bed. So cool.

Last week I admitted that I was sleeping terribly and something needed to be done. So I proposed a Sleep Makeover, with the goal of getting 7 hours of sleep a night, every night. And how'd it go?

Well, about that.

It turns out it's not as easy as I thought. Going to bed at 11pm, for example, does not guarantee that I will fall asleep at 11pm. I might still, in fact, fall asleep at 2am regardless of when I go to bed. Frustrating, right?

The stats behind my week (because I love me some stats): I slept a total of 40.75 hours the whole week for an average of 5.8 hours a night. Ouch. More than an hour of sleep less than I wanted per night.

I feel like my main issue is that my body doesn't want to go to sleep earlier. Despite the earlier bedtime, the approximate time at which I actually fell asleep was 1:30am. An improvement over 2-3am which is what I was doing before, but still. So this week my goals are a little bit different: I'm less concerned with my hours of sleep and more focused on gradually making my bedtime earlier and more consistent. And we'll see how it goes!

Image from the Domino website, because I'm obsessed with beds.


  1. I think that's a good idea. If you make it more consistent you will start falling asleep earlier. Maybe try doing something relaxing like a hot bath or yoga before bed?

    I can't relate too much because I'm more of a morning person and am always EXHAUSTED by 10:30-11 every night. Probably because I get up at 5:30-6 every morning though..

  2. Amber- thanks for the advice, I might have to try yoga out. I used to be a lot more into yoga, and I remember sleeping better back then :-P My problem is that when I work, I also get up at 5:30-6 in the morning...and I still can't fall asleep until 1am! But I will try your ideas.


  3. I know with me the more I want to fall asleep the harder it is. But when I want to stay up to watch I movie on the couch I wind up passing out and not being able to stay awake. The funny way life works sometimes...