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I was planning on just resting Saturday but the fire alarm went off in our building so decided to go for a walk while waiting for the firemen to give the all clear. It took them 38 minutes to let us back into the building. So ended up getting my walk outside. I was glad of the walk because I got 10 hours of sleep last night. I did have to get up 2 times to go to the bathroom but was able to go right back to sleep.

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3/11/16 11:26 P

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Friday March 11, 2016 will always be remembered as the best day in existence. Not only was the sun shinning bright but it was warm. It was also the day that the murderer of my son was finally convicted of 1st degree murder and is facing 20 to life when he is sentenced in April. He had already been found guilty of the aggravated burglary charge at his first trial but the murder charge was a hung jury. It took 3 trials to get the guilty verdict. Now he knows not to mess with the Roberts-Howard family because we don't give up. Now we can move on to a healthier life. Now maybe I will be able to sleep better.

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3/10/16 6:03 P

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I am hoping that the jury gets to deliberate tomorrow (Friday) and comes back with a guilty verdict in the trial of my Son's murderer. I just know that I can not handle going through this again. I need it to be over this time no matter what the verdict. I would be greatly upset if this man is not found guilty but I would rather the jury says no guilty then have another hung jury because then it would be done and over and I would be able to get on with my life and not have to keep reliving it over and over. The more I have to keep going over what happen the more depressed I get and the harder it is to live a healthy life.


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3/8/16 7:47 P

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Week 2 is not going to be my best week but I will not let it derail me for long.
Today was the 2 yr anniversary of my oldest son's death. And the murder trial for the man how killed him started yesterday. I spent the whole day waiting at the courthouse to be called to testify but didn't get called today so I have to go back tomorrow. This is so difficult because I don't know if the jury is going to find him guilty. This man has had 2 hung jury verdicts so hope the third time the jury will grasp the truth and find him guilty. I don't know how much more I can handle so I need the trial to get over. It is hard to really stick to a good eating plan when you are under so much stress. I also am not sleeping very well. I just hope I don't get sick before this is over. I am trying to eat good nutritional foods so I don't derail too bad.

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2/15/16 3:57 P

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Took a few extra weeks, but last night, for the first time, I actually looked forward to going to bed. Got up early. Got a lot done during the day. Was actually tired at bed time. And so I put on my sleep CD and happily climbed into bed. What a change in attitude.

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2/5/16 5:57 P

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Since I was a kid I always felt like going to bed was a punishment. I hated having to turn off the TV or stop playing and couldn't wait until I was an adult so I could stay up late. It's a real challenge to now view sleep as something positive and enjoyable.


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Week Two going a bit better than Week One. Forced myself to continue with the challenge, and I'm so glad I did. I can already see that my body and mind are slowly beginning to adjust to my earlier bedtime. I just need to be patient. I've started an afternoon cardio workout that helps tire me out. I also allow myself a half hour wiggle room at bedtime. This way I can still feel successful, even when I'm not in bed right on the dot. I figured I needed all the positive encouragement I could get, instead of always feeling like I failed. Saw the Week Two suggestion about using Yoga for relaxation and plan to try it out tonight. Pleasant dreams to us all.


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I've been working hard at getting my sleep cycle back on track, but now it finally seems to be getting back to normal. I was already familiar with most of the information provided, but it's always good to be reminded, especially when you're trying to stay positive in the groggy, foggy midst of sleep deprivation. It's disturbing, even alarming, when your body suddenly starts doing something totally unfamiliar, but stressing about it hardly helps. Instead of trying to fall asleep, I now turn off the lights to rest, whether or not I drop off to sleep. A small thing, but it seems to have helped taken together with all the other small steps recommended here.

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I followed my sleep plan except for one day this week. I felt more awake and better able to face daily challenges. The one night I didn't follow my routine I had to pick my son up from a wrestling match at 9:30 and I had to be at work early the next day. Needless to say my day was difficult. This week I also added no eating after 7 PM and tried to at least walk 20 minutes a day for most of the week. Will see what next week brings.

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aI have been sleeping better this week, and surprisingly am waking up fewer times at night. My energy level does not seem to have changed, but I am sharper in my thinking. Let's see what week three brings.

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12/6/15 10:04 A

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Well bless my buttons! I realized this past week that I sleep much better - and have a *much* better mood and outlook - if I stay up a little later and have a little fun before trying to go to bed. I thought that if I was disciplined about bedtime, and got 8+ hours in bed each night, it would make me happier and balance my energy. But by cutting out little nice things in the evening to get to bed "on time," I seem to have done the opposite. It seems that all work and no play really does make Jack a dull boy!

So, I'm sliding my targets back: start my "wind down" activities at 8:00 PM on most nights; be in bed with lights out and eyes shut by 9 or 9:15 PM most nights; try to get 7.5 hours with eyes shut and lights out on most nights (7.0 at a minimum); resulting in about 7.0 hours of solid sleep (6.5 minimum).

What I've learned so far: My "wind down" routine is important for getting me in the mood for sleep, and it works; having a little fun in the evening is important for sleep quality and good mood, and it works; cutting off caffeine at noon seems to work for me; and I am getting better at making good choices for bedtime and sleep during the day and at bed time.

Wishing you good rest,
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11/30/15 8:56 A

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Hello fellow Spark Sleepers,

I'm checking in for Week 2 (my second time thru this Challenge), but Week 2 was Thanksgiving week, and I skipped my sleep journal, what with all the travel and family visits. So, I'm going to repeat Week 2, and report in again next week. My challenge for Week 2 is to see if I continue to start my "wind-down" routine later and later as the week goes on -- this was the pattern that I saw in my sleep log during Week 1.

Wishing you rest,

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11/1/15 8:03 A

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I am working on turning off the television and having some quiet time at the end of the day. It wasn't a total success but progress is being made.

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10/30/15 11:38 A

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Great goals! Finding and having that quiet time is a very good, solid way to help with sleeping better. Good luck!! emoticon

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My challenge for this week is to stop whatever I am doing about one hour before bedtime, go into my family room and find some quiet time for myself. I am interested in learning about meditation and I would like to do some reading. My second goal is to get up at a consistent time every morning and with Daylight Savings time happening on Saturday night I can set that time an hour earlier and not miss that extra hour of sleep.

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10/12/15 8:37 P

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I think the key is to try to be consistent, no matter what, in building good sleep habits and patterns. I've been working on getting to bed at the same time every night and it's not easy, especially when I'm stressed, but I keep trying and if one night, I have a bad night, I don't beat myself up about it...and try again the next night. The past two weeks have shown me that I need to be/stay focused and make sleep a priority. I work out daily, and I'm good about it, but sleep is something I will be working on for sure.

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10/10/15 12:06 A

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Interesting to read through other's previous posts....!!
Many of us have some pain issues...and unfortunately,changing routines aren't going to help there... For me, its foot pain... they will never be *normal*, that I know--LOL--but are much better following several surgeries (bunion, hammertoe, neuroma) and working with my podiatrist...who also diagnosed my gout, which is being treated for prevention of future attacks. (Thank You Dr. G!!)

I had previously found that my RLS is less if I go for an evening walk---which coincided nicely with the Spark article on exercise and sleep...! When I go see my (new) doctor later this year, I plan to discuss the RLS situation since I've never discussed it with a doctor before.... One post somewhere on Spark referred to Fe levels...another to Mg levels. I don't think we've run either on my labs in the past.

So this week, the two things I am going to focus on are:
1) limiting eating before sleep; planning a better, smaller snack
2) enjoying an evening stretch

Winkin, Blinkin and Nod... (I hope!)
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10/9/15 1:14 P

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I analyzed my sleep journal from week one and found that not doing my routine exercises and overdoing the snacks seems to be affecting my sleep. I decided to analyze my September journal and found the same pattern.
For week 2, I am going to try a relaxation CD just before going to bed. If I do it while in bed I lay awake waiting for it to go off. I am also going to try some Chamomile tea or warm milk while listening to the CD. I am also going to work hard to do all my planned exercises and stop the unplanned snacking.

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My bedtime has been off and on this week, I did make my goal of three times though. Tonight I am very late, need to unwind as I just got home from a long day of visiting. I bought a new kind of night time tea, I am hoping it will help me to rest while I am sleeping. The tea has Passionfruit in it. I hope it helps. Will also soak for a little while in nice warm tub of water.

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Happy I stopped the sleep meds, Chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed seems to help a lot. I also suffer from the shoulder and neck pain. The tea helps me relax

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Neck and shoulder problems do really impede good sleep - I found that the most comfortable position for my sore shoulder, did not work for my 'mind' to go to sleep - tossing about all the time! Good luck with that one!

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I just entered week 2 of this Better Sleep Challenge, I have a had a few really good nights, but then I also had a could absolutely horrible nights. I toss and turn a lot from a old neck injury and a current shoulder injury. I am hoping and praying that more "better" sleep nights are on their way. I have started going for longer walks during the day and not taking regular naps. I use the computer to calm down my day then do some Bible study before bed. Maybe I need to cut out the computer after a certain hour. My Goal has been to be in bed and lights out before 10pm. I have accomplished that several nights, except the weekend.


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I'm on my second time with this challenge - did it in 2013 and it helped tremendously. As someone else has said in this thread - we probably need to keep revisiting it. The two things I'm aiming for are (1) getting more of a bedtime routine in place (this includes getting everything shut down by 8.3pm, then cleaning up the kitchen, packing for the next day, getting into bed by about 9.30 to journal and read - lights out at 10pm; and (2) not drinking anything but water after 6pm. I'm going to try 6pm and see if that works. I hate having to get out of bed to go to the loo in the night!


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I'm trying to go to bed early enough to allow for 8 hours of sleep. I do not alway manage to do so.

I think i gave myself caffeine poisoning a few months ago and now am trying to ween myself off caffeine entirely and forever. It is difficult to do. I must have been really addicted. I feel like it's taking me two or three months to get through caffeine withdrawal. probably b/c i cheat several times a week and have an extra small coffee or small decaf.

Stop eating 3 hours before bed time. Every thing is hard to do.

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I am not as consistent as I need to be with setting a time for bed & time to rise. However, having been taking 1 mg of melatonin most nights & at least sleeping better. Still making 2-3 trips to BR every night.

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the three insomnia busters I chose were
1. Take control of your worries.
2. Go to your physician. I have an update appointment on Tuesday will let them know how I am doing.
3. Get yourself into a routine.
I have a problem with only using the bedroom for sleep and sex. I have a few health challenges including osteoarthritis, fibromylagia and cirrhosis and sometimes I lay down sometimes because it eases the pain.

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I really enjoyed Week 1 - but I do notice how much my focus wavers after a few days. I am consistent with getting up at 6.00 am most days (with the odd 'oversleep' by 30-45 mins or so). I realised that getting to bed at 10.30 pm was a little austere for me. 11.00 pm is better.

I really want to get in to my visualisation as I found that helps me to sleep right through. Cutting out napping has really helped me with sleep - as I am genuinely tired when I hit the hay.

My biggest objective though is to get out and do my morning exercise. Hopefully I will be starting a new job next week. If I don't get in to that habit from the start, I'll probably drop it completely - so AM exercise needs to be a real priority.

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I accomplished week 1 pretty well. Read 5 resource articles...went to bed by 9:30 every night but one...got up at 5 every morning but two. Did all those things right but slept between 0 and 7 hours depending on the night.

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Saturday evening: 6h 52m
Woke up: 1x
Sound sleep: 5h 22m
Light sleep: 1h 32m

I averaged for the week: 6h 46m which is good (don't think it will ever be 8h)


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I'm not drinking coffee after 4 PM, I take melatonin before bed, and I make sure to get 7-8 hours of rest a night. I'm not sure what to do about my journal-writing, though: We're not supposed to use electronics for an hour before going to sleep, but I like to journal on my computer right before bed. I don't want to write earlier or write in a notebook. So maybe I can just give myself permission to use my computer before bed. I don't have to follow every single rule out there!

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This past week was full of stress and I realized how much it helps to get outside for a quick ten minute walk after supper. I have all the thoughts worked out and can sleep instead of think when I go to bed.

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I have been making an effort to be asleep by 10 pm. I get up for work around 6 am. According to my fitbit I am doing better, I have been averaging about 6 1/2 to 7 hours of sleep a night. I am also not taking my laptop into my bedroom and I have been reading before I turn out the light.

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Sticking to sleep and wake times plus meditation before bed times has helped immensely.

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Sleeping on the side may help as it allows for easier breathing.
Suggestion 2 separate beds.



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I have realized that a big reason I wake up at night is my husband. He tosses and turns a lot and ends up kicking me and waking me up over and over again. I decided that when he does that, I get up and go sleep in the living room. I get a bit more sleep that way, at least til 4am when he gets up to go to work.
I am managing to get to sleep a bit faster initially, but when I wake up in the middle of the night, I still have problems going back to sleep.

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Hopefully with your plan, a more satisfying sleep will arise from your routine. :)



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Beginning this week, one thing I noticed I was lacking was a consistent night time routine. I have done well implementing a new routine for the past few days. A list next to my chair in the living room has helped me keep on track. As a result, I have been getting to bed earlier, and getting up earlier. "earlier" still being hours away from the times I would like to see, but it is a major improvement. I think that joining this challenge will really help me in the long run.

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forgot my BP medication last night
Had to get up for a bathroom visit during the night.
Heart was racing after this.
Quite a scary experience.

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I was consistent with my bedtime. Herbal tea before bedtime helps relax me. I have been falling asle within 10-15 minutes after I lay down.

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Consistent bedtimes and wake times for Week 2 and falling asleep was only a problem one night, but staying asleep has been difficult. Four of the seven nights I had to get up out of bed to read; the shortest was for 30 minutes but the longest was 90 minutes. Makes for a tired girl getting up. Although my total sleep time improved throughout the week!

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I started using jawbone up to track sleep and have been getting less sleep than I thought I was and in week 2 I am having a hard time falling asleep which is quite atypical for me. I can see if I am not tired enough at bedtime, I cannot fall asleep and then I sleep late and it is a vicious cycle. Trying to be active enough so I am tired at bedtime.

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Had a bigger than normal sleep requirement, this week.
Frequent episodes of sleepiness thru the day.



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Week 2 was better energy wise then Week 1. One day I woke up and so much energy I got 9,500 steps in but it was just one day though. Although yesterday I was wiped out completely so I stil am a little hit and miss. Feel happier overall getting up earlier and am very glad I did this challange

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I was consistent with bed time. Going to bed has become a priority every 8pm, so i can meet my sleep quoter for each day. That way i'm able to have an early start each day and still get my 8hours.

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I am keeping a sleep schedule...need to put husband on one. He's the one disrupting my sleep with his television and getting up at night.

Just take it one day at a time.


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Just starting on Wk. one challenge...looking forward to getting better and better sleep...harder workouts are improving my sleep..as well as not eating 3 hrs. before I sleep and getting my rituals done before I am ready to hit the sack...hope things cont. to increase and get better over this next week...one thing I do have going for me is my wife has a great sleep routine..usually sticks with it..all I have to do is mimic hers..except..I can't fall asleep before my head hits the pillow...that will never change..but I do think ....know...that I can do better in a lot of sleeping aspects...we'll see at the end of this week...actually..I'll respond back...next tues..since that would be a full wk. that I am supposed to work on before we reflect and goto stage #3...like others..this is prob. one of the hardest stages...here at stage #2..I might be here for a while..who knows...good luck to all...Rico emoticon emoticon emoticon

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what prostate supplement are you taking...

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Still work up during the night for no reason. Had a hard time getting up to get ready for the gym.

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sleep affected by some medical procedures lately



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Having problems making myself to bed on time on weekend..

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My week 2 was a little better than my week 1, and the weeks preceding. I've been strict about not eating within at least 2 hours of going to bed (3 if possible), and that has helped a lot. Sunday night was a bit restless. The rest were good.

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10.30 pm to 7 am. night-time bathroom visits now improving due to taking prostate supplement



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I have been on week two for a few months. I got started and then didn't follow through with the weekly challenges, BUT I have been working on my sleep. For the past few weeks I have been getting 6.5-8.5 hours of sleep nightly. Usually I log in about 7 hours. This has been wonderful. The best changes I noticed were after I started exercising regularly. That seems to have helped a lot.

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I have been sleeping well except nightly bathroom use. I always wake up at the same time everyday day. Internal alarm clock.

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Apart from night-time urination, my sleep patterns have improved and become more regular, since leaving work. no more waking up during the night and worrying about work.



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I'm doing much better by keeping to a sleep schedule. I've actually been getting sleepy about the time that I was forcing myself to go to bed last week.

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I haven't really spotted any patterns from Week one, but I'm not going to give in. I'm now setting myself a bed time and making it 5 mins earlier each day. Last night I turned the lights out at 11:30, so tonight I want to turn them out at 11:25.

I also need to get a grip on my eating habits. I ate very late last night so in accordance to the advice in the articles I've read on here, I want to eat my last meal no later than 9:30 tonight,

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I feel like I'm almost back to my normal work schedule... is it the best.. oh no.. can it be better?? definitely, but right now this is what I am used to. I am working towards my goals... giving myself pats on the back for getting the goals done and picking myself up when I haven't reached the goal for the day as well as I could have...

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Week 2 did not go as well as Week 1.
I've always been such a night owl, I had trouble going to bed any earlier than between 11:00 PM and midnight.
I've done pretty well at only hitting the snooze on my alarm once or twice. I want to get up and eat some breakfast, so I get up earlier.
I have not kept a similar sleep schedule on weekends. I haven't really gone to bed any later. But I just don't get up in the morning. Last weekend, I did get up fairly early and was thinking about getting up. Then my boyfriend came in and told me to go back to sleep because it was still early...so I did.
For the most part, I haven't been eating late, except for one night when I ate before bed, because I hadn't felt well all day, and I had slept all evening and skipped dinner.
I have only exercised once or twice this week. And then after losing my FitBit, I really got discouraged.

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Finished week 2 and feel like I am still learning what to do. One of my problems I think is sleep apnea, but I do know that fix a lot of things to make it better.

great articles/tips!

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Learning more about sleep deprivation and what to do to compensate is v. helpful. Still getting less than 8 hours sleep sometimes though. Will keep working on this. I will have to examine the journal to see if I have any insights as to what I can do better.

Like steadyandstrong, my sleep sometimes lasts 8 hours or so, but it is broken up by 3-4x during the night. I would rather that though then getting 4-6 1/2 hours with break ups!

The articles are v. informative and helpful. Will try to apply them!

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w2d7, 8/3, out of town visiting dau and grandkids, will return tomorrow. Still journaling and working on goals.

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Thank you!!

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Wish you all the best C2Susan.

Today is the last day of Week 2. I feel good about getting to bed at a decent time this week.
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Ready to start the new work week. I have seen some changes, although small, they are still changes.... just like my weight loss journey... to me a loss is still a loss... I'll take that 1/2 pound here and there just like I'll take that quality sleep... I am still trying and doing my best to get back on track. I see the doctor this week as another follow up from the surgery and it will be the first time I saw him since I went back to work, so I am hoping he can shed some light on more progress!!!

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Thanks Mkbwnsugar!
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Went to bed pretty early (9:30pm) but woke up to a thunder storm around 2am. Didn't fall back to sleep till 3am. Got 9 hours of sleep but broken up.
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emoticon STEADYANDSTRONG

w2d5, still working on the same things, writing in my journal. I'm not waiting as last to eat in the morning, doing better on my goals but have a long way to go. emoticon

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Feeling rested.


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w2d4, keeping my journal, still working on getting to bed earlier and closing the kitchen when at appointed time.

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So I don't know if this will help any of you but last night I took some Valerian Root (capsulized herb). I took it around 7pm. Even though I wasn't yawning at 11pm, I decided to go to bed. I knocked out and slept pretty hard. Was a little fuzzy when I woke up (around 8am) but felt rested. Will continue using it, as I've heard it helps with sleep problems.

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w2d2, my problem is getting to bed earlier so I can get up earlier and get my meals earlier so I won't be eating so late at time and can start doing my exercises in the morning rather than in the evenings.My sleep cycle is off. I'm retired, have a home based business and work a seasonal job from Jan-April. I've always been a night person, so after I retired, I created this monster.

I'm still keeping my journal, and I've picked getting getting myself into a routine and limiting food & beverage to work on this week.

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Every day I set a goal and every day I hope to get some decent sleep... and yet every day I get up and go to work and keeping thinking that tonight will be different... I worked out... I'm tired... I should be primed and ready for some sleep but it seems hopeless... but I refuse to give up... It is so comforting to know I'm not in this alone... I know it can be worse.. and it will get better..

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Week 2, emoticon

Well, after reading the last few messages in this thread, I realize I'm not alone. And yes, this is a very difficult challenge for me too. I went to bed at midnight. Woke up at 3:30am, fell back to sleep but tossed a bit. I'm working out consistently but what threw me off this week was the weekend. Went to an evening movie with friends and it blew my whole rhythm. I was doing good up to that point.
Time to refocus.
Goal: Start calming the body around 9pm but prepare to relax around 8pm.

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w2d1, keeping my journal every day. This is the hardest challenge I've done yet, but it will be so worth it if I can get this under control.

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I'm still having trouble with this challenge. Falling asleep isn't my problem. Staying and falling back to sleep is my nemesis. My mind can get so busy so fast that I'm awake for at least 2 hours.
My goal is to sleep from 10PM-6AM. With a hot summer I like to get as much done as early as possible so I can stay inside and do sit-still stuff.
Playing music, even softly, irritated me no end. Like some other teammates I feel like I'm stressing myself out trying to sleep.

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I joined this challenge, hoping to find something, anything, that will help me sleep at night. So far I have yet to come across anything I haven't already tried. I've had a Fitbit One since Christmas 2012 and have tracked my sleep every night since then. Thanks to menopause, I toss and turn all night long- too hot, too cold, uncomfortable this way or that. Doesn't matter what bedtime routine I try, what I eat or drink or avoid, time of day, etc. I'll stay in the challenge, but I feel like I'm a lost cause.

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I have been back to work for 3 days since being off from surgery and I am exhausted... Sleeping in on a Saturday never happened before and I debated last night on setting the alarm to get up at 5 like I do daily, I slept in an extra hour and a half and am still tired. I have so much to do and no energy to do it... Normally the weekends are the time to catch up on everything that didn't get done throughout the week... So far the most I've done today is eat my "clean" breakfast!!! I know this all goes hand in hand, so I have to keep doing the best I can to get where I need to be.

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Yes, I'm sort of thinking that since I've been paying more attention to my sleep, I've had worse luck getting a good night's sleep. We'll have to see what happens at the end of 4 weeks.

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I'm now wondering if this challenge has got me in a more vicious cycle... I am trying harder to get a better sleep pattern but seems that I am stressing out more on getting in that pattern. Now after today I will be back on the old alarm clock get up and go to work routine. I have been off for almost 3 weeks due to surgery and have to go back to work tomorrow so that too is adding to the stress of getting sleep. Once again, another horrible night of not sleeping.

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To date my only routine is going to bed by 11:30pm. Although was sick yesterday, so was in bed @ 7pm. Was so tired, but couldn't fall a sleep. Stayed in bed though thinking I would eventually fall to sleep. Better days to come!

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