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12/17/14 9:07 P

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My goal is to sleep early by 9:00 pm to get up at 4:30 am so that can workout at the gym. I currently wakeup at 4:30 but go to bed late getting less than 6 hours of sleep..want at least 7 hours.

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12/16/14 8:28 P

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While I have complained about the insomnia for years, I am finally ready to really try and do something about it. My goal is to practice good sleep hygiene- turn off the screens an hour before bed, etc. The screens are my worst hurdle, but I am ready to do whatever it takes to improve my sleep.

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12/10/14 12:57 A

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I joined because I need to start getting more rest.

My goal for this challenge is to start getting to bed by 11:00pm and getting up by 6:30am.

I would like to learn to be a morning exerciser and to do that I will have to be up no later than 6:30 in order to leave on time for work. emoticon

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12/9/14 12:38 P

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I have a o-streak..on 8hrs. of sleep..about the only time I could get 8hrs. is on the wkend...and I don't want to waste my wkends sleeping so I usually don't get it then either...I need to set a time and stick with it to goto bed..getting up is easy...it's getting to bed on time..and if I try to goto bed at 10..I find myself flipping and flopping until 12am...and I feel so disgusted at wasting that time I could have used...I'm going to take it slow...15min. earlier a wk. until I can get to bed by 10pm...something I haven't done since I was a teenager..some time ago...but I believe the body..and the mind can be tricked..and if that's what it takes..so be..it...I'll be my own guinea pig..I know I need the 8hrs. to loose wt..consistently.it's just getting there that is the problem..rico emoticon emoticon .

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12/8/14 10:52 A

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I don't have a problem falling asleep or staying asleep. I wake up at 5:30am every morning no matter what time I go to bed. I really need to get ready for bed at 9pm and be in bed by 10pm.

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2) Be in bed by 10pm


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12/6/14 7:12 A

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I noticed that I have very little issue going to bed at the same time every night. It is staying asleep or getting right up at the same time every day when the alarm goes off.

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11/25/14 12:16 A

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I've always been a night owl and usually stay up util 1AM. But it's hard because I have work or class the next day and I'm exhausted for the rest of the day.

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11/11/14 7:27 P

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I haven't been sleeping well as of late- I go to bed too early and wake up several times throughout the night (my cat wanting out at 3am doesn't help much either!). I am finding myself tired and worn out by early afternoon- my motivation has certainly been lacking! I joined this challenge to set better sleep habits and get more of a peaceful night's sleep!

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11/11/14 6:39 P

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I have not had computer for a lil while but a lot has been going on and it has made it even harder yet for me to sleep. Beginning of October I quit my job. Spent 20 wonderful days with family and now moved to Egypt. 8 hour difference with Minnesota but I had always worked nights and slept days do to my job. I had thought the move would have been easy on my sleep patternsbutin turn it has gotten even worse.I cannot seem to fall asleep until about 4 am. I have been trying to go to bed around 11-12 but I just toss and turn.I am finding that once I get to sleep I seem to get enough sleep but by 6pm I need a nap. I do not let myself nap or I cannot get to sleep even by 4 am. Any suggestions?

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11/5/14 8:52 A

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Two simple goals for me:
1. Lights off by 10:30 every week night.
2. No eating within 2 hours of sleep time.

Edited by: URSAMINOR1 at: 11/5/2014 (08:52)
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10/28/14 1:24 A

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HI GUYS I AM TRYING SO HARD TO GO TO SLEEP EARLIER AND GET UP EARLIER BUT I HAVE A BATTLE GOING ON THAT SAYS I WANT TO STAY UP UNTIL MAY BE 300 BUT THEN I CAN'T GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND RUN ERRANDS WITH MY HUSBAND GO SHOPPING,GO TO A MOVIE, GO OUT FOR LUNCH ETC AND HAVE A FUN DAY.....RETIREMENT IS GREAT. MY HUSBAND IS A DAY PERSON AND I'M A NIGHT PERSON.AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A NIGHT PERSON. WHEN YOU DON.T HAVE TO GET UP AT A CERTAIN TIME TO GET READY FOR WORK ITS HARD TO GET STRICT WITH YOURSELF. RIGHT I'M NOT MAKING A LOT OF RULES TO GO BY WITHMY SLEEP HABITS. EASY DOES IT. FOR TODAY I'M GOING TO BED AT 1;30 2;00 AND PLAN TO GET UP AT 8;00AM. SOUNDS GOOD. emoticon AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP emoticon

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10/27/14 5:13 P

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I've been a night owl all my life...as far back as I can remember... most of my jobs over the years have been afternoon or graveyard shifts -because that is what I was most comfortable with- now being and author I work at night because it is the quiet time in this house. My goal is to get to bed by midnight instead of after 2am or after and to try and find a way to work more during the day...-like putting a lock on my office door- my biggest problem is- is that I feel comfortable during the night when no one is around... during the day there is too much stress... I have always been a loner and cherish my time alone
None of this helps with the motivation to get to bed earlier...

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I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it... Hemingway 1952


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10/24/14 4:22 A

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I need this challenge so I go to sleep at a nornal time and I can be more efficient during the day.
Goal: Go to bed before midnight (preferably 11:30). Get seven hours (at least) of sleep. Wake up 6:45.

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10/20/14 11:50 P

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DAY 1 MY GOAL IS TO GO TO BED BY 1:30 AND READ FOR A WHILE TO RELAX.AND TO WRITE A SLEEP DIARY. emoticon

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10/20/14 4:47 P

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I joined this challenge because I'm not getting enough sleep. Occasionally I have trouble staying asleep, but that's rare. Mainly I simply go to sleep too late, and wake up at a decent hour - 7:30 am.

My hope is that by joining this challenge, I'll start taking this sleep stuff seriously. Over the past 3 years I've read numerous studies about the detrimental effects lack of sleep has on your body, and am always "trying" to get to bed at a decent hour, but for some reason I just don't prioritize it like I do with nutrition and movement.

Reminder to self: Stay in the moment!


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10/16/14 2:23 A

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ITRIED SLEEPING LAST NIGHT BUT COULDN'T SO I TOSSED AND TURNED . I TURNED THE LIGHTON AND READ FOR A WHILE AND THIS IS HOW IT WENT ALL NIGHT . TODAY I FELL ASLEEP ON THE COUCH FOR AN HOUR. I WOULDN'T LET MYSELF SLEEP FOR LONG SO I HOPE I SLEEP TONIGHT. I STARTED KEEPING LATE SLEEP HABITS WHEN I HAD A CONDITION CALLED TN.BECAUSE THE PAIN DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO SLEEP. THAT WAS 1995. THAT'S ALL LONG I'VE HAD LATE SLEEP HABITS SOOO HOW CAN I EXPECT SLEEP HABITS TO CHANGE IN A FEW DAYS. I HAVE TO BE PATIENT WITH MYSELF. EASY DOES IIT. I'M IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL.

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10/14/14 1:07 A

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I'M STILL AT WEEK 1 AND STRUGGLING. I LOVE BEING UP LATE BUT I KNOW I MUST CHANGE TO HAVE A MORE NORMAL LIFE SO I CAN DO LOTS OF DAY ACTIVITIES WITH OTHER SENIORS AND SHOP, SHOP,SHOP AND RUN ERRANDS. I AM STILL TRYING TO GET TO BED BY 1:00. I WILL DO THIS THREE NIGHTS A WEEK ONE DAY AT A TIME. emoticon emoticon

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10/13/14 7:35 P

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My goal for this week is to get to bed at regular time s

Good better best never let it rest until your good is better and better is the best


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10/7/14 12:30 A

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MY GOAL FOR WEEK 1 IS TURNING IN BY 1:00 AM.,TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP.

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10/4/14 7:38 P

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My goal this week was to do something relaxing before bedtime at least three nights this week. I've been able to do that this week.

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10/2/14 4:36 P

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I joined the challenge to encourage better sleeping habits. After charting my sleep this past week, my goal is to get at least 7 hours of sleep nightly and to go to bed by midnight and get up by 8 am everyday.

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9/28/14 7:24 P

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Week 1:

Halfway through week one and I am getting there, not perfect but I am getting there.

My biggest goal this week has been getting up before 8:30am, I have succeeded in this Twice before today. The only thing though is I stayed in bed, so for the remaining 3 days I want to get up and out of bed by 8:30am.

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." ~ J. K. Rowling


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9/22/14 10:11 A

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One tip I use to calm my mind and body down before bed is a relaxing bath. I either read or play soothing music while setting in a warm bath for about 30 minutes and find that when I get out I am relaxed and ready to sleep. I hope this helps you too.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. - Thomas Jefferson


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9/19/14 7:34 P

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I'm finding it hard to sleep after intense workouts like my kickboxing class which takes place in the evenings twice a week. How can I get my body to relax quickly after class so I can fall asleep at a decent hour? Otherwise I've been doing pretty well with my challenge to go to sleep at a decent time every night:)

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9/19/14 11:05 A

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Excersising have been a challenge I miss the gym but know need to get used to exercise at home

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9/14/14 2:58 P

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I have a hard time staying asleep. After about 5 hours of sleep I seem to wake up and cannot go back to sleep. I did the quiz, and using some of the techniques, like no caffeine after noon, white noise, and keeping a sleep journal to name a few, I am feeling more relaxed before going to bed and getting more sleep in the past few days. Interesting what a few small changes you can make to get quick results. My goal is to continue to get 7 hours of sleep, two days success so far.


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9/11/14 3:22 P

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It seems to be very hard to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I usually only get about 6 hours. Hoping to get at least 7 each night for the next 7 days.

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9/4/14 6:25 A

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Fortunately I pretty much go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday, including weekends. Having a dog will do that. But I have the bad habit of hitting snooze on my alarm for an hour. I end up being late for work. At night, I have the bad habit of giving in to my night owl and staying up until midnight and 1 am. I used to work night shift in a hospital, so I actually love being up late.

My goals are to get up on time (between 5:00 and 5:30 am) at least 3 days per week and to go to bed by 9:30 at least 4 days per week.

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9/4/14 1:43 A

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Having trouble losing weight and having trouble getting a good night sleep. My sleeping habits are terrible. Awake most of the night and during the day. I usually only get 5 hours sleep. Hoping to get more.

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9/3/14 10:45 A

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I know my sleep habits are horrible so I joined the challenge hoping my "clock" can be repaired and I can regain some energy and bust this weight plateau

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."~2 Chronicles 15:7

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8/28/14 11:01 A

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After a hellacious night trying to fall asleep last night, I decided to re-join this challenge. I finally did get to sleep, after loading a "soothing sounds" app on my iPad last night. It helped.

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8/23/14 11:08 P

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I joined the challenge because my sleeping habits are poor, especially compared to my efforts in nutrition and exercise.

I tend to be a nightowl, and when I shut down early to go to sleep earlier, I often lie there restless. So I need to work on a more stable routine that leads my body to expect to go to bed on time. My goal: to go to sleep by 10 p.m.

I usually wake up on time because my dog wants to go for her walk, and she gives me a nudge.

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8/19/14 6:35 P

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Hey, y'all. Lin here.

I started this challenge last night. Went to bed on time, but woke 2.5 hours later to go to the bathroom and then was awake until 5am! :-( I finally woke with my alarm clock at 6.30am.

I don't know how tonight is gonna go. I laid down for a short nap this afternoon while my pc was running scans, meaning to doze for about an hour. I set an alarm on my phone, but woke up 2.5 hours later. I hope I can get to sleep tonight. :-(








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8/13/14 4:22 P

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My goals are:
To make sure that I don't use my laptop in the last 30 minutes before I go to bed
To make sure that caffeine drinks are only had at lunchtime and no later

Oh, and to relax..... :)

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8/13/14 11:25 A

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My goal is to not have the television on or my laptop in bed with me before I go to bed to sleep.

"Stay focused, prayerful, determined, motivated and you will become successful."

"Keep the Faith and Lose the Pounds!"


"If you do what you always did, then you will get what you always got!"


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8/12/14 3:21 A

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Having just moved house, I find that my sleep pattern has been disrupted. My goal is to get back into a proper sleep pattern and get myself waking up on time. So I am gradually making my get into bed and lights out time earlier. At the moment I try to have lights out by 11:30, so I am reducing that time gradually every night until I hit 10:30.

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8/9/14 9:44 P

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I feel I did well with not getting on the computer before prep work for the next day was done... but then by the time I get to the emails, it took me longer than planned and I missed the bed time frame most nights... guess I didn't think that goal through... maybe this week I will set a timer for the computer so I get a break from all the prep work and have some incentives to breeze through some emails and facebook stuff...

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8/9/14 12:46 P

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My goal this week is to not take my phone and netflix to bed. Airplane mode it for my alarm and that is it.

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8/4/14 10:14 P

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I did really good on Sunday night... goals achieved for that day, but today is another story. I ended up having some much needed visiting time with friends and got behind in all my prep work and it's 10:15 and still not quite ready to get to bed. Try again tomorrow.

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8/4/14 1:51 P

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Goal this week: Stick to new bedtime routine!

No electronics after 9...instead read a book!
Prepare next day's items
Sleep by 10

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8/3/14 9:59 A

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goal for this week:
no computer time till after everything is prepped and ready for next day (food, clothes, etc). Bed by 10.

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7/31/14 11:50 P

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Great goals KINDREDSPIRIT, good luck on them.

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7/30/14 9:45 P

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Reached my goals and am sleeping well.

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My goals:

1. Go to bed at the same time every night
2. Do not eat past 9PM
3. Do something relaxing (winding down) before bedtime

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7/29/14 11:40 A

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I don't really have trouble getting to sleep, usually. I just have trouble making myself go to bed at a decent hour. Then I have to be up no later than 7:00 AM during the week, and I end up being exhausted at work.

This past week, I've done better about getting to bed around or before 11:00 PM. I have felt somewhat better at work, although there has been a day or two that I had trouble staying awake.

My goals for this next week are:

1. Go to bed no later than 10:30 PM.
2. Only hit the snooze on my alarm twice.
3. Keep a similar sleep schedule on weekends (don't sleep half the day!).
4. Don't eat after 9:00 PM.

Those are my goals for now. Might be easier said than done!

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7/28/14 10:14 P

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Tonite I am drinking decaf hot tea before bedtime. emoticon

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Hi, I'm new.

My goals are go to bed at 11 during the week and 12 during the weekends
Get up at 7 am during the week and 8:30 am on the weekends.
I'm going to make sure my food and exercise are put in.

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7/27/14 5:34 P

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Just remembered I had hot tea late in the day.

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VEG954 did you change up anything on your list yesterday? Hopefully you'll sleep better tonight. Usually my problem is getting to bed late and getting up late which makes my meals later and later. Since I started the challenge though, on Friday I laid down at my appointed time and read a book, turned the lights out and I tossed and turned for 3 or 4 hours. I didn't get up and watch tv like I've done in the past. yesterday I focused on the things you suggested and things went better. The whole day went a lot better but I didn't go to bed as planned, ugh. So I'll work on that. emoticon .

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7/27/14 9:27 A

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Think I should join the sleep challenge again.
Didn't sleep well last night.
If this goes on for a few more nights I will begin again.

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w1d7, got to bed earlier and actually went to sleep, got up earlier, stayed on track with meals, will try to get to bed on time, emoticon

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Thanks, those are some great suggestions, I will have to work on them. I already do 1, 2, 3 & 4.

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I have experienced many obstacles when it comes to developing healthy sleep habits.
Here are some of the things I've learned/experienced over the years...

Bedroom is used for sleep and sex only.
No TV in bedroom ever.
Room darkening shades are essential.
A cool bedroom is essential year round.
Limit fluids after 6 pm.
Close the kitchen at 7 pm nightly.
Nothing with caffeine after 2 pm.
Turn off TV and computer an hour before scheduled bedtime.
(Reading a boring book helps me.)

If all this fails to improve sleep quality you may need to have a sleep study test.

Good luck to everyone in the challenge.
Hope these suggestions will help.


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w1d6 I just realized I'm only supposed to be keeping my journal this week. Thank God, because I haven't been able to meet any of my goals emoticon

Edited by: MKBWNSUGAR at: 7/25/2014 (22:03)
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Thanks VEG954 so much for the words of encouragement. w1d5, still not at my goal but making progress, lol. I'm going to make some interim goals to get me to my final goal. I've been establishing these bad habits for a while, so I shouldn't expect to change them overnight.

1. In bed by 1 or 1:30, lights out at 130 or 2, will gradually work on getting to bed earlier
2. Get up between 10 -11, breakfast nlt 12
3. Dinner by 9, kitchen closed nlt 10

Edited by: MKBWNSUGAR at: 7/25/2014 (00:07)
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You go, Martha!!!
Now you got the right idea.
It is all about progress!

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Thanks again VEG954, I am making progress. w1d4, ate an hour after cutoff, got to bed an hour after planned but got up much earlier as a result of going to bed earlier. Rather look at this as not hitting my goals, I'm gonna look at my journey as making progress towards my goals. emoticon

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7/23, did better on the cut off time for eating, 1 hour later than planned, will try to make my bed time tonight

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It is all about progress, not perfection.
Accept the progress!
In fact, celebrate it.

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Thank you, VEG954; w1d3, Got a late start yesterday and still struggling with getting to bed earlier, not eating after 9 pm and getting up earlier. Hopefully I will do better today. .

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I'm still struggling to eat earlier in the evening.


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