Sunday, July 22, 2012
At the start of my third week, I've set new goals. This week, my goals are:
1. Exercise for 30 minutes each day
2. Take the twins for a walk in the stroller 2x a week.
2. Maintain the activities for last weeks goals.
For my sleep challenge, I've determined the following: the week started out shaky, as I began using relaxation techniques to ease myself into a bedtime routine, something rather difficult in my house with 9 month old twins and a disabled spouse. But around Tuesday I got into a regular swing - a hot bath after the children were put to bed, a cup of chamomile tea as I sat in bed watching a movie or show, a quick scribble into my sleep journal for the night and then I settled down and meditated for a bit until I relaxed into sleep. In conjunction, these things worked very well for me- I woke up feeling happier and more rested than the prior week, particularly since I made a point to get into bed before midnight every day. I wasn't able to use every technique every night, but the two nights that I did, I had a very good 8 hours of sleep that left me feeling refreshed.
This coming week, I plan to keep setting my bedtime before midnight, and make a point of combining the tea, bath, and meditation every night to give myself a better chance at a week full of restful sleep. I stick to my routine every day, including weekends. And I plan to try to eat dinner an hour or more before bedtime- the nightmares from the previous week after eating a big dinner right beforehand have warned me off of that again.