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8/19/14 3:20 A

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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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8/6/14 7:45 P

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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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8/6/14 9:21 A

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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!

cheers
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8/6/14 8:06 A

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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!

cheers
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8/3/14 11:31 P

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

Edited by: MKBWNSUGAR at: 8/3/2014 (23:32)
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8/3/14 9:41 P

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Thank you!!

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8/3/14 10:54 A

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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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8/3/14 9:55 A

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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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8/1/14 5:14 P

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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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7/31/14 11:49 P

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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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7/31/14 3:18 P

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Feeling rested.


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7/30/14 11:58 P

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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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7/30/14 3:53 P

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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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7/30/14 12:34 A

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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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7/29/14 8:50 P

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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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7/29/14 2:20 P

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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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7/28/14 11:45 P

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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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7/26/14 1:40 P

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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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7/26/14 9:58 A

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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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7/26/14 7:51 A

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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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7/22/14 6:44 A

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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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7/21/14 1:42 P

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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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7/20/14 8:47 A

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I am trying to get back to my "normal" routine. Since I am going to be able to go back to work on Wednesday, I got to be able to be be up at 5 am. My DH comes home from his job at 1 am and tries not to wake me, but sometimes (most nights) it happens... Since I am able to do some more of my routine chores, I am trying to get up and do a little bit before I have to take a break. I want so badly to be able to get back in my exercise routine because I know that helps my sleep issues. I guess patience is the hard part for me... This recovery from the surgery has to be done, but I want to be "normal" again....


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7/19/14 9:45 A

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Exercise definately helps me get to sleep faster, still working on a consitant bedtime becase my schedule flucuates so much but I am doing better. The hardest thing is not to eat clsoe to bedtime (again because of my schedule) Somenights I do really well and then others its 10:30 and I havent even eaten dinner yet. Awareness is the first step, baby steps.. emoticon

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Thanks!

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Glad to hear you are doing better!

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Doing better this week. Working out more to increase the likelihood that I'll be able to fall asleep by 11pm. That way, I can get up at 2:45 to greet my husband when he gets off work and get him a meal. Then it's off to bed from about 4am until about 9 or 10am. That gives me about 8 hrs. This may change in mid-July when my son starts band camp at 9am Mon.-Fri.

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6/23/14 6:25 A

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I have been following all the tips for better sleep but I have not been able to sleep all that great. Summer is particularly hard for me because my illness flares and then I am not sleeping as well.

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Week 2 Action Plan
Learn the 7 better-sleep secrets.
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I got myself into a routine!
I am starting to take control of my worries

Wake up to the importance of workouts.
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I am sleeping so much better b/c of workouts

Nutrition to nod off.
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I don't eat after supper.

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4/18/14 3:47 P

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HI.. I have made it to bed most days but 2 times just 15 and 20 min off and I am up at the right time. One night due to a storm I did find I did get out of bed and on the computer. I think I am getting better at creating a pattern... and not getting out of bed.

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So far I've stuck to my goal of going to bed before midnight every week. I've found that I'll wake up between 7 or 8 fully rested and I'll get up. I usually don't wake up that early. On weekends or days when I get to sleep in, I'd sleep until 9 or 10 and I'd be tired when I woke up and tended to stay in bed longer, but not anymore. I feel better already and I'm being so much more productive.

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Going to try it;)

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4/8/14 8:27 P

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Week two goal is to continue relaxation routine at night. Usually sleeping 11:30 till 6:30. Noted nights I didnt I ate later than normal and a couple of times late night snack may have caused sleeplessness and weird dreams. Changing those things this week

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Update: I have done this most of the time, although I did stay up late last night, which will probably happen once in while.

This week my new goals are to keep up with relaxation before going to bed and not too eat much after dinner late at night. I will continue my goal of sleeping from 11:30 to 6:30. Seven hours works well for me.

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Terrible sleep last night - went in intervals. Up at 4:15 this am doing "Spark" stuff on the computer. How ironic that I'm doing Week 2 better sleep challenge on a morning that I can't sleep! My mind has been on "fast forward" since 3:00 am - gearing to get back to work on Monday and already feeling stressed after 2 weeks holidays. Oh well, guess I'll try to go back to bed seeing that I don't need to be up early.

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3/31/14 1:50 A

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I need to stand firm on not staying up late on Friday and Saturday nights because it makes Sunday so hard!

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Herbal tea is a good thing


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good luck! I need to try that as well, I often have the munchies just before bed.

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Making sure I don't eat passed 8:30 pm has definitely helped!

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My issue is that I'm a restless sleeper and always have been, and there aren't a ton of resources out there for how to fix that. The ones that I have found all say that this is something that'll take a long time to fix, if I can fix it at all. I recently started practicing mindfulness meditation in the evenings and am taking melatonin before bed, but as predicted, the FitBit isn't showing much change. I know this is a long-haul process, so I'm not expecting much concrete progress by the end of four weeks.

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I try to turn off my computer at 9pm. I'll drink a cup of hot herbal or sleepy time tea, take a hot shower and turn on my heated blankets so they are warm when I climb into bed. Now that the Olympics are over I am usually in bed by 9:30 - 10pm and sleep good through the night. I turn on a fan for white noise to drown out hubby's snoring and his pager and police scanner.

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Making sure that I don't take my kindle to bed with me has helped my being able to go to sleep. I still wake up and have a hard time going back to sleep, if I get to sleep at all, but I am working on it.

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A few nights ago , I got off track, and haven't slept well since. I am going to guard my bedtime from now on. For me there is no good reason to stay up late! I love this challenge!

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I dont have a problem going to sleep, I have a problem staying asleep between the chronic pain and the muscle tremors. But, I managed to sleep 8 hrs per night 3 times this last week. Will be working on sleeping 8 hrs more often.

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W2D7 - I've decided I'm a 8-9 hr person. 8 pretty good hrs last night. I wish I could have gone to bed a little earlier, but it was possible only one night this week. Still, the latest I've been up is 10:15.

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W2D5 & 6 - 7 hrs last night and night before. Did the best I could; just not quite enough.

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w2d3&4 Nearly 8 hrs 2 nights running, but 1st night wasn't good restful sleep. Last night was better sleep, but i'm only awake because of a dream; felt like I was good for at least another half hr.

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Since I want to get up at 5 am, I have made 9 pm my bedtime, even on weekends.

I have noticed is I feel rested in the morning, even waking before the radio comes on.

The change I like the best is that I am more clear-headed and in a better mood. I am able to accomplish more of the things on my to do list. I feel like I am more in control of me.

Because of this challenge, I really do sleep better.

I like the way I am taking care of myself.

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W2D2 - 7 hrs even after yesterday's nap. Got up once, went right back to sleep.

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W2D1 - Slept nearly 9 hrs and had a 2 hr nap. I feel like I needed to catch up from running short all week. I meant to get up when the phone rang after 1 hr, but didn't wake up enough to get up. Hoping new HRT will make some difference.

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I'm doing better with sleep this week. This is the only day I woke up at 2:30A. I find that it's when I'm stressed about something that I wake up early and then I need to analyze what it is that's got me stressed and then I take action so I can sleep good again. I'm also learning the importance of a routine so now when my alarm tells me it's 7P, that's when I do my bed time routine which is change into my PJs, brush my teeth, put lotion on my hands and feet if I feel I need it and get relaxed and into bed. It's been helping.

What's hard is we should eat 2 to 3 hours before bed, but that's like impossible for me because I work and when I get home and get dinner cooked, we are usually eating at 7:30-8P so going to have to work on that.

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I used to wake up at 4 AM every morning. I didn't know why until one time I wore a sweater to bed. And I have not been waking up for the past week. I noticed that I am at my best when I sleep 10 hours. But since that is not possible very often I usually am okay with 7 and a half to 8 hours. I still need to start going to bed an hour earlier and read because that makes me sleepy.

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I have noticed that I sleep better when I do not eat anything after 7 pm. I am very hungry when I wake up in the morning, but I do not wake up in the middle of the night. I wake up to go the bathroom at around 2 am each night because of all the water I drink, but I am not going to stop the water. I have not had trouble getting back to sleep after the bathroom but going to bed 30 minutes earlier at 10:30 pm and waking up 6:30 am seems to be making a difference for me. The mornings are not as stressful and that is the result I am looking for. I have even been cooking breakfast of eggs and pancakes for my girls in the morning before school. So nice!

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I noticed that when I am extremely stressed during the week I have a hard time unwinding at night even if I am exhausted. Now I usually have to decide to go to bed at say 11:30 pm or 12 am. So far it has worked. I feel better when I get up earlier now. I have recently started to do relaxation techniques and learning how to cope with stress better. Since then I have gotten much better sleep.

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I didn't get to sleep as early as I wanted to last night. I had trouble getting to sleep again. I have an idea I am going to try. I am wanting to try melatonin...I have heard it does help you sleep better, I don't want to use it all the time, just for a while to get into a pattern of going to bed early. I need to become stronger for me....be a little more strict on myself when it comes to sleep and exercise. My eating I think I am doing pretty good with for the most part. I can track everything and know how important that is. I know after looking back that I need to make better choices in the types of food I eat. I am going to be working on that in the next few weeks. I am going to really start working on this project and change my lifestyle for good.

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pm.I am in the middle of week 2. I have realized that when I put my mind to it I sleep better when I get to bed early. my goal for the rest of this week is going to be getting to bed by 11 pm. I want to start exercising in the morning so going to bed early is a must. I will let you know how things turn out.

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Had a really hard time sleeping last night. I'm not quite sure why, but two candidates come to mind. First, my husband and I watched a movie on our tv last night. It was a musicial with Barbra Streisand, so not exactly warfare, gloom and doom. Just fun and great music.

Also, I woke up later than I normally do yesterday. For the past few days I'd been up before 10:00 am, which isn't that normal for me. I lost track of the time I was in bed, though, and didn't get up until after 11:00 am. I think that may have done it.

I checked the clock and got myself out of bed a bit before 10:00 am this morning. I'm tired because of it, but that might help me sleep better tonight.

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I'll have to give the bedtime snack suggestions a try. Wish me luck!

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So for week 2, I chose to get to bed at least a half hour earlier and try to get into a routine. Both worked for the most part. The routine was a little easier because I already had the beginnings of one before starting the challenge. I found that I was able to fall asleep faster and get up without hitting the snooze button so often. Looking forward to week 3.

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Going to try and get a set "bedtime". Also to exercise each morning I am able. And stay away from food and drink before bed. Will post in a week and update on whether or not I stuck to this and/or whether or not it worked!

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I am going to bed at a more reasonable hour...11:00pm and getting up without the snooze button. Turning off my Ipad before bed is a great addition to my routine.

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Incorporating the bedtime snacks listed in the week 2 action steps.
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I have started making sure I got to bed "alone" (without my phone). I put it to bed so to speak. I have been watching my naps more. 4 hours isn't a nap. I feel I have been sleeping better by these 2 things.

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I've stopped all cafene in the evening, established a routine, set 1am as bed time, Off the computer by 12

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Go back to the Sleep Challenge home page and near the top you can see the steps for each week. There is a box to check when you're finished.

I'm sleeping so much better, starting to be able to turn the lights off within half an hour of my target time of 11. Getting 7-8 hours and not waking up more than once. Weekends are most difficult as it's impossible so far to get up at 7:30 when there is no real reason to. This seems to be all about discipline for me instead of physical. Going to the gym, stopping caffeine by early afternoon (coffee AND chocolate), and getting to bed consistently at 11 makes all the difference.

Good luck everyone,
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Where do I find the week 2 action steps?

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I think I'm sleeping better because I've been exercising for 30 min each morning. Haven't seen a change in my weight but I'm finally able to sleep through the night instead of suddenly being wide awake at 3am.

I have added melatonin to my before-bed ritual and I avoid caffeine throughout the day.

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Big difference between now and the beginning of week 1. Behavior modification patterns are becoming easier - going to bed at 11, watching what I eat after dinner. I find that now that I'm sleeping better I've missed hearing my alarm several days and ended up late for work. Used to be I'd be lying awake waiting for it to go off after not much sleep at all. I think my nerves are settling down.
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I've found that since I started exercising regularly that I fall asleep more easily and also wake up more energized. This is the first time in my life that I have been able to wake up in he morning, sometimes before the alarm goes off, and feel really ready for the day.

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I'm sleeping better. My 5 year old is sleeping through the night and not waking me up, but I still get up 3 to 5 times a night to go potty. I'm trying to start drinking my water earlier and stopping earlier so I won't be going all night.


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I DON`T HAVE TROUBLE GETTING TO SLEEP

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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I still have to work on getting into the habit of going to bed by 11 so I can 8 hours of sleep, but my sleep is better. I attribute this to renewed efforts at a regular exercise schedule. The exercise has helped me manage my stress and sleep better. Diet, stress management, sleep and exercise go hand in hand. You need all 4.

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