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How will I sleep?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The 5% team’s challenge of the week is to develop a new habit, and blog about it on a daily basis. I’m up to the second question on the following list:

1) What new habit you wish to develop? (see March 2 blog) emoticon
2) How will you do that?
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
4) How are you doing day by day?
5) What can you improve upon?
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

emoticon 2) How will you do that?

I’ve initiated a sleep test to rule out anything physical being wrong. The onco suggested it because this is a life-long pattern. My first memory of staying up at night was right after my second birthday. I was in the hospital, and the little boy in my room was afraid to fall asleep so I would hold his hand and he would sleep. I didn’t realize at the time that his heart would stop in his sleep, hence his fear. I only learned that many years later in my late teens. Anyway, sleep test scheduled in May (wish I didn’t have to wait so long).

Keeping a consistent sleep schedule—going to bed and waking up at the same time—every day, including the weekends. For me, that includes closing all electronics (e.g. laptop, cellphone) by 9:00 each night except for logging SP points! It also means tracking my sleep hours as much as I can, and noting anything that might be interfering with my sleep (e.g. noises, heat or cold, etc.).

Since chronic stress can contribute to sleeplessness, and I am under chronic stress, I have to work on relaxation techniques. I know.. I KNOW that meditation is great overall. I was doing some for a while, and somehow let it go, so I want to get back to it. As far as yoga goes, there is an aqua yoga at the gym that I want to try. It’s only once per week, I think, but it is feasible for me. My trainer thinks many yoga movements could bother me because of my postural dizziness and low blood pressure.

I also want to simply learn more about sleep, so I’ll be checking out all the Spark resources regarding sleep (e.g. the wellness articles, the Spark team). I read some of them a while back, but it’s time to refresh my memory.
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    You have chosen such a great habit to focus on! I'm constantly reading in magazines and on the internet how super important sleep is to our health, and even to weight loss efforts. Wishing you tons of good wishes for a long, restful night of sleep.
    1842 days ago
    Good plan! You mentioned meditation as a possibility. I meditate (and pray) before bed each night and find that when I don't, I don't sleep well. I hope this plan helps!
    1842 days ago
    I think it is great that you are at least scheduling things on the road to great health. The hardest part was probably picking up that phone to make the appointment! One small step for you - one huge step for you health emoticon
    1842 days ago
    Insomnia is such a terrible thing... I have it occatsionally, and if it continues for more than 3 nights, I take a half a sleeping pill. I don't want to get addicte to them. But it is not fun to be lying awake, then on top of everything keeping you awake, you have to worry about not getting enough sleep! I hope you can get some relief!!
    1842 days ago
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