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Day 17 – Sleep

09/25/2009

Our best friends in the quest for a healthy life style are diet, exercise, water and sleep. All of those friends already make for a busy schedule. The problem for me is that I don’t know how to get a handle on my schedule. I have the personality type that wants to accomplish everything. I then have huge holes when it comes to taking care of myself. I’m trying to talk myself into putting myself first an adjusting my schedule is the best place to start. I believe that then everything will fall into place or can be handled like a strong tower and not a feather blowing with the wind.
So in the next week I’m going to try to follow a bedtime schedule. Right now I’m functioning on “nap power.” I stay up late and get up early. I’m exhausted. This leads to stress and a desire to escape into a meal, skip a walk and just work or sit on the couch.   Maybe if I sleep more that will help me to be even more determined. I want this year to be different than any other year. Loretta said a “New History” is being created and so I must be ready for the new normal ahead. It sure doesn’t happen in a day but it will happen when I’m steadily stepping in the right direction. I will seek out the necessary steps to take in order to make myself that much stronger.
I read an article months ago about sleep that of course I can’t find in order to give the biblio but trust me it was fantastic. It gave the ideal amount of down time a person needs to prep for the best sleep possible.   The author highlighted the correct time to go to bed and the activities to follow in order to get the right amount of sleep. I’m going to try this plan and I’ll report back.

Time to sleep zzzzzz

Time to
Get Up
Night Before
Relax
Into Bed
Sleep
6:30
9:30
10:00
10:30
6:00
9:00
9:30
10:00
5:30
8:30
9:00
9:30
5:00
8:00
8:30
9:00
4:30
7:30
8:00
8:30

6 comments

  1. I have read something similar before. The thing I read said that we sleep better in 45 minute increments. If we plan our sleep around those increments, then we will feel much more refreshed when we wake up. In other words, if you need to get up at 6:30, count backwards by 45 minutes until you get to a 10-11 bedtime (in this case it would be 10:15 PM).


    • Anything will be better than my four hour naps

      It’s all just an experiment until you find out what works best for you.


  2. Oh my goodness! Just this morning–TODAY–I got up after a good nights sleep that had taken me a whole 2 weeks to arrange (I had allowed my schedule to get all topsy turvy, and my night owl nature to take over AGAIN)…and I was just thinking that I need to get a handle on my schedule. I have it all written down, but was allowing it to slip…and in order to get stuff done I would stay up later and later, in order to finish…

    Anyway, I understand! And I agree exactly with the “best friends”. And how funny…it was only recently that I realized that writing down “bedtime 11 pm” is not the same as being ASLEEP at that time…duh! Now, in my mind, when I say my sleep schedule is, say, 11 to 7, I know I have to START to get ready by 10pm, knowing that by the time all is done and I am dozing off, it will be 11pm.

    Looks like we are on the right track.:-)
    Loretta


    • Now to follow through with the plan.
      You’re doing great Lorretta.


  3. I really need to plan, too…It’s just so tempting to let sleep slide, when it’s super important, too…


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