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9/14/17 6:24 P

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Finished week 2. Sometimes I feel this is just one more think to deal with! However, am here because I need to do something and learn how/ what I am doing.
Actually started getting to library earlier(no internet)so I can get home and start my getting to bed routine by 8.
At nine, do some none electronic reading to let eyes breath from contacts and opened due to eye med drops. Allow only 20 min. Not keep on to finish a chapter.
When wake up in night, wait 30min before doing anything.
Only one item left on which is alarm but turned over. Really an effort to reduce this light thing. I do not have a TV.
Have noticed that I am slowly increasing sleep time!

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9/12/17 10:35 A

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My week 2:
kept with the journaling.
Attempted to meet the goals and most nights I would get most.
1. stop fluids 8pm - except Chamomile tea or Cherry juice nearer to bed - I stopped fluids by 8pm every night except on choir practice night (8:30pm wasn't too much later)
2. start bedtime routine 10pm, an hour before bedtime. This wasn't hard to do.
3. do 5 yoga sleep poses before bed. Did 5 of the 7 nights.
4. Stop electronic use 10pm - not hard to do for me
5. Avoid naps in front of the TV at night - did not nap as much. This will take some effort on my part.

My sleep is marginally better. I still wake up 3 times in the wee hours, but I have been getting back to sleep. On to week 3!!






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9/8/17 2:54 A

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Day 15
Beginning of week 3, finished week 2 & did the challenge.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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9/7/17 1:06 A

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6th day week 2
I got a Dr. to send me to a lung specialist, I do not know when I get to see him!

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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Just keep on doing what you can--a small step at a time, LIN. Your body is your best friend, so work to love and respect it and meet it's needs as best you can.

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9/6/17 2:00 A

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5th day
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It is difficult to exercise or walk because of pain in both lungs as they are partially collapsed & more smoke because of fires in Washington. I live in B.C. Canada but the smoke blows into here as well as the B.C. fire & smoke. I have a hard time sleeping because it is too hot inside.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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9/4/17 3:08 A

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3rd day of week 2, at hospital 4 hours, can not do much exercise because with 10 minutes light walking oxygen goes down 6%, must do short walks only, no gym because of blood clots in lungs, possible 1 arm,legs & feet also. It has caused permanent scars in both lungs,so always will have a problem. sleep is hard because too hot here to sleep for past 4 weeks.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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9/1/17 3:11 A

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I need to prepare for sleep earlier, one problem is with my blood clots in one lung,both bottom of legs & both feet I can not do much exercise.so, not tired enough at times. Hospital oxygen test was 98% after resting a while & with heavy breathing test was 95%. Suppose to be 100% on both. It means I can not do much exercise because both are suppose to be the same, it gets worse with even light exercise.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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What's interesting to me is that just keeping track of when I go to sleep and get up is helping me modify my sleeping schedule. I had three nights of 8 hours of sleep, something I haven't had in MONTHS! I feel very positive about this challenge. emoticon emoticon

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I made two changes: set a regular sleep time and limit caffeine. They both helped a lot, especially limiting caffeine. I've tried not to have any caffeine after lunch.

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7/18/17 10:19 A

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Sleep was much better but I was on vacation. Now back at home I have to be watchful of the time and get to bed at the designated hour. I swim each morning so I must follow this schedule to be rested.

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I found that hiding my clock was a good idea--not because of the time shown, but because it was making the room lighter than it needed to be. Found adding night lights was not helpful. Still following week 1 goals, which were modified somewhat, and am doing much better than I ever expected to do. For two nights in a row I slept 7 hours with CPAP and awakened feeling rested. Ready to check out tasks for week 3 now.

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5/4/17 4:36 P

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So my goal for the past week was to be in bed by 930pm three nights a week. Did that for one night and it felt Delicious!! emoticon But, I should probably change the goal this week. I'm thinking about my exercise classes I take at 6:45pm. I may need to change the days around. And do more of my yoga DVD which helped me more than i thought for one day this past week. Hang in there Spark people! emoticon .

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Did well with week one, increasing amount of sleep to 7 hours several nights and following bedtime routine goal that I set for myself pretty well. Will keep routine goals throughout month and track them daily on "other goals" page. Suggestions for this week seem to be more for getting to sleep rather than staying asleep, but will try to pick a couple to see if they help. Have been using CPAP nearly every night now and it does help quality of sleep even though I partially wake up to move head straps into better position several times per night.

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4/23/17 4:01 P

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I have not had the sleep I'd like. Going to try the suggestions in the article. I will also start preparation earlier.

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4/18/17 7:36 A

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I've found that my sleep is a little erratic at the moment. I really wanted to go to bed at 10pm last night but I really wanted to get the ad for a youth worker finished. I went to bed at 11pm and took a while to fall asleep. Slept through until 6am when my alarm woke me and felt really refreshed. Oh and I've just started to put my mobile on the other side of my bedroom so it doesn't disturb me.

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4/14/17 10:05 P

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i have been strugglingto get ready for bed on time. i am still sleepy during the night butthen wake up at 11pm

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4/12/17 9:12 P

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i was sleepy today. when i came home i tried to nap. i got a phone call, putzed i the kitchen. when my huibby got home we both napped. last night i did not get to bed on time.i was watching a late tv sow and therfore showered late. not a food idea. i have not had caffine from beverages so at least now i know the caffine/sugary drinks did not help to wake me up or energize me.

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4/10/17 9:20 P

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I was really sleepy this weekend. i was unfocused and lethargic. i am not sure if it was me being lazy, or if i ws just that tired. or if it is possibly an issue eotjh my thyroid. either way i sometimes feel like i being dragged by an anchor.

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4/8/17 11:10 P

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i had a fund fay planned so i woke up earlier then planned. i stayed in bed for a bit. about 5 minutes before the alarm i just got up. so i did get a quick workout it. then i took y nieces for a walk. so i had 12000 steps in before 430 pm with my only "workout" being 20 minutes. i was tired and really needed a nap. i was out for about 2 hours. i did well for most of teh day.

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4/2/17 3:50 P

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It is absolutely gorgeous here so of course the spring allergies are kicking up. I did try the newer mask again for my cpap. Total wrestling match with it for two nights, but I did wake feeling alert and rested. Been getting to sleep before midnight for awhile now.

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4/2/17 4:16 A

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Last week I slept 6 or more hours per night and here I am today up at 4:15am Sparking! It felt so good getting sleep and not up throughout the night eating cereal. I thought I had made it...I thought I had figured it all out and then...another sleepless night...There's so much on my mind...I cannot control my emotions...Tomorrow is a new day or should I say tonight is a new night to sleep all the way through!
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3/26/17 6:38 P

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Back on track. I ditched the ibuprofen in favor of MSM and magnesium oil for my injured shoulder and I am eating much cleaner. No caffeine and no processed foods really help my sleep tremendously.

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3/12/17 1:59 P

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Starting week 2. Got only 5 one night due to TV and no time to sleep in. Told self too tired to exercise the next day. Good lesson to not do that again.

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2/16/17 8:45 P

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I've been sleeping pretty well. Sunday i slept in but otherwise i am keeping a pretty regular sleep schedule on weekends. my bedtime routine still needs work. on the plus side i have been falling asleep better.

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2/16/17 6:08 A

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Sleeping better after cutting back on the coffee!

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2/14/17 9:51 P

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did not do so well the last 2 nights with my bedtime habits. i did not nap last night but i did attempt to tonight. did not sleep, and did not get anything else done. so tonigh i will get myself back on track tonight

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2/4/17 4:48 P

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I totally lost this group. I am now 3 weeks behind but I am going to just follow the weekly suggestions and challenges. I have started meditation before bed and it helps a ton. I am also turning things off an hour before bed and sitting in my comfy chair to read for that 45 minutes before bedtime. It is helping.


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1/3/17 4:15 P

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During my "Second Week" period Ive made changes and started some routines.
1. I set an alarm to go off when it bedtime. I know it sounds backwards, but otherwise I would be up and not even notice the time until maybe 3 or 4 in the morning. This way I know it's time to go upstairs and get ready for bed.
2. I don't eat late like I did.
3. I have cut caffeine drinks out after noon. I rarely have any at all now, anytime.
4. I turned down the temperature in my bedroom too.

Im sleeping earlier than a lot of nights. I still have bad ones, but I'm not giving up. emoticon

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10/30/16 6:38 P

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1) I changed my environment by:

...a.) Turning a/c on at least 1 hr before bedtime emoticon

...b) Getting a new, pink bunny named "Snuggles" to hold!

2) And took I control of my worries by:

...a) giving myself only15 minutes in prayer, casting my burdens and worries upon my Lord!

...b) After that, I went to youtube and found a new, more relaxing "Thunder and Rain" music video and now put in my ear buds and concentrate on one of the "sounds of God's creation"! I fall asleep within 10 minutes, and stay asleep 8 hrs straight! Her's a link if you would like to try it out!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSqe8FgnzjM

Nitey-nite! emoticon

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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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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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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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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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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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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,

Daff

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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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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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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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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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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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