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6/29/14 9:47 A

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I have been sleeping better except when I get overtired and I am having a lot of pain. But I stick with a regular sleep schedule and it helps.

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emoticon 8hrs last night.

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6/16/14 5:19 P

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Got 8 1/2 hours of sleep..... Yeah me!I

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4/27/14 3:02 P

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Things are going fairly well, and I got 7 hours of sleep 5 times this week.

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4/27/14 8:27 A

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I'm finding it easier to get to bed and up at the time I want and only waking one time during the night. Maybe it is helping with losing weight because my scales are moving down. ???


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4/26/14 12:16 A

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One day i drank coffee in the afternoon and i did not sleep from10pm-5am. Then the day was useless, so i gave up coffee on the spot. I miss it, but i would rather not take a chance. I need the sleep.

Now that i have been following a schedule to go to bed and to get up, things are looking up. I found i no longer need as much sleep as i thought i did..or once did. That is liberating...to know that if i sleep at least 6 hours, i can function just fine. The stories i was making up in my head about sleep were messing me up. My attitude has shifted. I am simply becoming aware of what the facts are..without my story.

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4/24/14 11:55 A

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I found that even though I love coffee, I should just drink less of it. If I don't need it, I should avoid it. And I should never drink it past noon. I'm good with one or two cups a week. I used to have at least two a day. I've kept with my schedule of going to bed before midnight. If I feel tired past 9pm, I'll take that as a sign that I should go to bed. I usually don't have too much trouble falling asleep if I'm tired, even if it's before 10pm. I found that I consistently wake up between 7 and 8am. It's beginning to push earlier. I'm more likely to wake up at 7 or even earlier than I am 8. I used to wake up between 9 and 10am. If I get at least 8 hours of sleep a night, I don't need any more. 8 hours used to seem like the minimum I could get without feeling like going back to bed the next day, but now I rarely sleep for more than 8 hours.

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4/13/14 10:59 P

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I drink a cup of peppermint tea before bed, sleep with an eyemask so i dont keep opening my eyes when trying to go to sleep, and stay on a consistent sleep schedu
E that works with all the hours of my work shifts so i dont have to adjust my sleep schedule when i work late or early. I also exercise as much as possible and stay active all day so i am tired when i go to bed.

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3/9/14 6:42 A

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I am shutting the computer off and reading before bed. I have reduced diet soda intake.

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3/7/14 10:51 P

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I have been doing pretty good with my new routines. I usually have my computer turned off by 9pm. I then try to take a hot shower, drink a cup of sleepy time tea, and get into bed by 9:30. this week I had the flu so taking Nyquil really zonked me out but let me sleep.

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2/21/14 6:46 A

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w3d7 - GOOD ONE, thanks be. I was very tired last night, went to bed half hr early, slept soundly, woke up only once and didn't take too long to go back to sleep

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2/20/14 6:53 A

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w3d6 - ditto. I start with a sound deep sleep till 2-3. After that, I'm likely to have trouble going back to sleep and sleep lightly if at all. When I'm finally back into a deep sleep again--you guessed it--it's time to get up.
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2/19/14 6:38 A

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w3d5 - about 7.5; I need 9

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2/18/14 8:07 P

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w3d4 - almost 8. I often do get 8 or close to it, but not all good quality sleep

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tracking my sleep has helped me to know that I naturally wake after 7-8 hours feeling rested, but I need to be in bed sometime between 9 and 10 in order to fall asleep. What a releif to be able to take charge of this aspect of my life.

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2/17/14 7:00 A

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w3d3 - 8 hrs, but I took a SleepMelt at 2. Weekdays I always feel like I could have slept longer; still think I need 9.

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2/16/14 10:14 P

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w3d2 - 9 hrs last night + good nap this afternoon to get ready for work week when I just can't seem to get enough sleep.

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2/16/14 5:38 P

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I've been having some good nights and some not so good nights. I think the number of good nights is gradually increasing, though. I definitely feel better for exercise, no doubt about it.

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2/15/14 12:52 P

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W3D1 - Last night was good. I almost always sleep 9 hrs on Saturdays with no alarm clock; seems to be what my body needs. Going to bed earlier during the week does not seem to get the same results; I just wake up in the early hours and can't go back to sleep for awhile.

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Ben Franklin was right! I love this challenge, because I am treating myself better because of it.

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I have found for me to get good sleep, doing my bedtime routine at 7P and being in bed at 7:30P really helps. I'm also a fan of the slow wake up routine in the morning which is why I get up so early in the morning. I don't like rushing in the morning anymore. I like to take my time and slowly wake up and then I don't forget things. I found my key to taking care of my insomnia is to ease my worries so I'm always writing things down in my planner. Like I need to schedule some appointments with the eye doctor and gynecologist. I'm just breaking everything into manageable chunks so my anxiety stays low.

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2/2/14 9:49 A

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With at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week, still unable to get a good 7 hours.

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2/1/14 8:22 P

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Am getting 9 - 10 hours of sleep a night. The quality of the sleep has improved with more exercise during the day.

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1/26/14 6:13 P

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Try as I might, I can't get more than 6 hours of sleep nightly. I keep waking up after 4 hours

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1/25/14 10:36 A

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I have no issues falling right to sleep or staying asleep during the night. My issue stems
from not having time to fit in eight hours on some nights because of my schedule. I frequently get home after 10pm, try to go to bed by 11:30pm but even that's not early enough if I have to be up and out the door by 6:30am to start my next day. I love the things this challenge is teaching my but until I get a different job or make enough money to have my own car, there will always be nights where I simply can not get 8 hours of sleep at one time.

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1/20/14 6:26 P

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Awareness of how much better I feel WITH 8 hours vs WITHOUT 8 hours is really helping me! I am not 100% following my bedtime routine...but I do notice I'm looking forward to going to bed at 9pm. This allows me time to read and get sleepy - rather than my old routine of watching TV until I get tired, then going to bed and being too wound up to sleep!

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12/30/13 1:02 P

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Trying this over the holidays may not have been the best plan for me. Too many late nights trying to get presents wrapped!

I find that 8 hours is about the right amount of time for me. I can do a little less. Too much more, and my old body is sore.

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12/29/13 5:36 P

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This week was hard for me. I think the holidays a tossing a wrench in it and I shouldn't let them. This week will be better.

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12/22/13 1:38 P

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I slept 8 hours and then got up and took a long morning walk yesterday and again today. It's really helping me to get through the holidays with a healthy outlook.

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12/22/13 10:42 A

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I am doing better about sleeping through the night. I have struggled with this since my boyfriend and his cat moved in. This is my first cat and he will come into the bedroom and be vocal from 3-5am about wanting to be fed. He also likes to play during those times. I have tried feeding him when I get up to go to the bathroom, but he still disturbs my sleep. I ended up having to isolate him from us at night. That's better...now I just have to deal with my boyfriend's quirky CPAP machine.

I am doing great about going to sleep on time and immediately...still working getting rid of those things that wake me up after I'm asleep.

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I get up and start gathering my water to go upstairs to bed. I get in bed no later than 10:15 and find that I sleep thru the night. I also am learning to let go of stuff so I sleep soundly.

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12/4/13 7:21 P

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I've been sleeping longer and better since I began treating my post nasal drip with a cortisone based nasal stray my doctor prescribed. Also listening to nocturnes a half hour before bedtime.

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11/30/13 12:26 P

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7.9 hrs last night


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Sleeping better but I still need to work on going to bed earlier so I can get my full 7 in.

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11/27/13 10:09 P

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Not sleeping well AT ALL. Too much stress

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11/27/13 9:39 P

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I was sick last week so I got a lot of sleep. Now I feel better and have been getting at least 7 hours a night. Much better than 4 weeks ago.

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11/25/13 9:03 A

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Finally getting into the routine I realize I only need 7hrs

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Had an awesome night sleep!!!! :)

Have a beautiful day!


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11/21/13 10:35 P

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Another great night of sleep - I am waking up a little before the alarm and feeling rested. I have had more energy the past few days than I have had in a long time. I hope tonight's rest is just as good.

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11/19/13 1:56 P

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I just read the article...what causes insomnia...guess I will never sleep! I have almost all the risk factors, some, not many, I can take charge of, but some, are what they are and can't change them.

So, the next thing, I have tried the relaxation techniques, and am sleeping a little better. Still wake up groggy and confused, still am way tired about 2pm, but am not letting myself fall asleep before at lest 8pm. Any earlier and I am up and can't sleep at 1am.

Maybe, tonight???

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11/19/13 10:52 A

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8 hours last night, but my weekend was not as good. I work odd hours and worked both days. In all I am staying with getting 8+ hours of sleep most nights and putting myself to bed at a specific time.

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11/19/13 9:43 A

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7-8 hours is my number so far, last night I fell off the schedule to night is a new night

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11/19/13 8:20 A

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emoticon I've found that 7 is my magic number. However, I have to work at getting to bed early enough to get my full quota of sleep.

" ...what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies wthin us." (Emerson)


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I slept 10 hours last night..dead out...the cats were very angry this morning, they want food! 10 hours was way to long, but my family says I was so tired maybe I needed it. I woke up dazed, in pain, and grumpy. So, will try for 8. The waking up every two hours, like some of you other people, I have tried everything..still doing it. Now, I refuse to get up, and just lay there, waiting to go to sleep again.

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11/18/13 11:49 A

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I've learned that 7 is my magic number. Sleep less than 7 hours and I'm foggy, tired, grouchy, etc. Life is better when I sleep well.

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I'm sleeping through the night, but I haven't gotten in the habit of going to bed early enough. Now that I'm working and getting up at 5:15, I need to be in bed at 10 at the latest.

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Going to bed at night and following a routine is working well for me, but this week my little guy has been waking up way too early. I hope this is not going to be a trend.

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Doing better. Sleeping longer on days I get in more than 60 minutes of exercise. Can sleep for five hours in a row most nights. Going for five and a half hours in a row. Not thinking about anything before bed is helping too.

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Still waking up in the middle of the night (like now lol).

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i am still not doing well with going to bed in a timely manner, i am starting to exercise earlier and eat a light supper later. i have been having an active mind so i am not redy for bed early.

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Hi! I wrote a wonderful plan and now I have to implement it and that's the hard part. "Bad habits die hard". So, I will start implementing it tonight and see how it goes, if I need to make any changes to it, etc. I have high hopes for the plan and worked hard at it. Wish me luck and I wish you all the best too!! emoticon

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Hi all! I have been sticking to my bedtime and waking routines, as well as my exercise/rest and eating schedules. It has made a positive influence in my life and I have been sleeping better. Thank you Sparkpeople!

My motivational outfit is a size medium cute little flowery dark blue sundress with a blue denim jacket, white strappy sandals, and a wide-brimmed white sun hat and I am going to go somewhere fun.


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Sleep is getting better. Going to bed around the same time each night and waking up around the same time. The problem will be when it gets cold and snowy. When it's dark outside at the time I wake up-trying for 6-6:30 am. and it is dark and cold I want to stay in bed. Guess I'll deal with that when it happen, which maybe this Friday. Time to get ready to hit the sack emoticon

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Going to get 8-8.5 hours of sleep per night and supplement with naps if needed.

My motivational outfit is a size medium cute little flowery dark blue sundress with a blue denim jacket, white strappy sandals, and a wide-brimmed white sun hat and I am going to go somewhere fun.


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Getting to bed on time is a discipline that isn't always easy to keep in check. I aim for 11:PM and sometimes make it, but every once in a while I slip back to 12:30AM and it's just not enough sleep. I definitely need at least 7 hours more often than not in the week. If I get a deficit it's so hard to have a good day.

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Well it's nice to know I have some control over my sleep. This challenge brought things to my attention that I may not have thought of. I do we'll on 6-7.5 hours of sleep most times but 1 week a month, I just can't seem to get enough sleep? Still working on that one! :(

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I feel better knowing why I'm not sleeping as well (drinking fluids before bedtime, taking long naps, etc.) Now, I just have to figure out how to get to bed early enough to get my 7 hours of sleep. Unfortunately, my best sleep this week was after taking NyQuil. However, I did wake up sleepier. Interesting...

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Feeling better and more rested. Except for the two nights before we took our youngest to move into college, I haven't had problems with insomnia.

The deep breathing, not using my room as my office, and a light snack before bed that includes a dairy product are working.

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Well done Sparkchick!

I've really gotten much better sleep these last two weeks. I'm going to continue doing some sort of mini yoga in the evenings and have a warm bath before I go to sleep.

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I got 8 hours last night! That's a big deal!

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In my head, I know how much I need to get a consistent amount of sleep, but I think it really, finally sunk in this week. I had 3 days in a row where I didn't go to bed on time and stayed up late. I lost at least 1.5 hours of sleep each of those nights. I immediately noticed how much more intense my depression was. There was no reason to feel depressed, no extra stress, et. The only difference was a lack of sleep. I think I finally get it now. I'm a school teacher and have been looking for ways to prevent stress when school starts again in a few weeks. I think I just found a huge one. I'm going to do my best to be fanatical about getting to bed on time. It should he a lot. I hope.
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This summer vacation thing is throwing me for a loop. I have stuck to my sleep/wake schedule, but everyone else is sleeping till noon. And since I know they are all sleeping, I have trouble getting motivated to do anything, in case I wake them. Then once they are all up, I am in slow gear, so hard to get going, but I do. I get on the treadmill (which is next to my bed, and a sleeping hubby) shower, and then I am good to go for the rest of the day. Unless it is a day like yesterday, and Every time I put a foot on the treadmill someone needed me for something, or i had to go somewhere.
I was on the go all day, until 10pm, which is when I start my bedtime routine, I only had 4500 steps in, normally I have 10000 plus some other form of workout. Stands to reason I didn't sleep well last night, but I still got up.
When the kids are sleeping, and the dogs are sleeping, and the hubby is sleeping, all you wanna do is lay down and sleep, but then you don't sleep at night, so I know I have to get up. I have no idea how these guys can sleep so long! Hubby in bed by 10:15 last night and he STILL sleeping its 11am, he sets his own hours at work. The 2 sons I have left at home also still sleeping. I made the dogs get up, and took them for a walk, they weren't very happy, or cooperative. They are now on my 16 yos bed asleep. Drives me crazy.

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Monday I was not feeling well so while trying to sleep, I was up a good portion of the time. I think I got maybe 3 hours sleep. Tuesday I slept for 8 hours and feeling so much better. I am aiming at adding .5 hour to my sleep until I work up to about 9 hours.

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My week four is really my week three since my actual week three got thrown off track by a medication change. But my goal of making a checklist has been kept so my anxiety is down when I go to bed usually. Still having trouble making it to bed at the time I want, but I haven't given up. I know my weakness from my sleep journal, it's still just a matter of sticking to resolving them.

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I am midway into my week three. Things are going well. Some nights I have no interruptions and others, like last night, plenty of interruptions. For the most part, however, I am getting in my sleep. The exercise has helped the most.

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Yesterday I had a hard time falling asleep, but once i fell asleep I slept well so probably got about 6 hours of sleep. This doesn't happen very often. I keep my regular routine every day. Eating before bed has been the challenge for me.

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Doing a lot better. Getting about 7.5 hours each night. Going to bed at 10 pm and getting up at 5:30 for work. Weekends are a little harder.

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At night, I started using a calendar app on my phone to schedule the things I would like to accomplish on the coming day. It helped free some stress/clear my mind so I can go to sleep thinking of all the good that had come of my day instead of "don't forget to do ----- tomorrow".

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I swear I picked the worst month to start this process.... but actually getting up at the same time every day is getting easier. Not necessarily getting to bed at the same time every night but I am not tossing and turning as much. So overall it is better.

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I'm still finding new things to try but only averaging about 5 to 6 hours a night. At least it's up a bit!

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Sleeping patterns are getting better. Getting up everyday the same time helps alot. emoticon

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I like the plan to get ready for bed and hour before you actually go to be. Good idea. Gonna try that this week. emoticon

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Working night shift, contributing to my extended family, and having a 7 month old puppy are all obstacles to getting good sleep. For 9 months, the CPAP machine has improved my rest, and the recent addition of yoga before bed has also helped. I have also given up being ashamed of taking naps; babies and dogs listen to their bodies and do it, so I've given myself permission to do the same. They just have to be short enough to not compromise my main sleep time.

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I agree with several of you who have mentioned that working out during the day makes for a better night's sleep. I have also found this to be true, especially cardio. It seems to burn off a lot of that built up tension from the day and I just feel more relaxed as a result.

I decided to stop drinking caffeinated beverages. I have only had a couple (by accident, I swear) and immediately I was too alert to fall asleep even though it was close to 5 a.m. It meant giving up one of my favorite beverages (not coffee either) but I did.

I too am sensitive about the room temperature (and I hear you about the unwanted house guest because I had a similar woodland creature when I awoke early one morning!) and I like a bedroom to be around 55 degrees ideally. I even bought some "cooling p.j.s" that supposedly astronauts wear (I didn't know they changed into pjs in outer space??) that also came with a hefty price tag. However, cool is the rule for me.

i don't think that all of my sleep patterns will be changed in just one month. I do think that some of them will be with me for awhile and so I see progress more in increments than one giant leap.

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I would love to say this is working for me, but I just can't. Me just saying I want to do this is not making it happen. I can't shut my had down at night.

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Learn to let it go when appropriate, learn to breathe deep and slow in a focused manner, keep moving, and seek contentment and happiness.


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Just starting week 3. I sleep soundly through the night (except for one trip to the bathroom) and have no difficulty waking up in the morning. I generally get 6-7 hours of sleep each night. My goal for week 3:

Get ready for bed (wash face, teeth, etc) by 9pm). That way I can go directly to bed at 10 instead of doing the routine at that time, which refreshes me.


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Week 3 was ok until last night. I went dancing and got home at 2. Woke up at 11:30 today. Not very good. Gonna work harder for week 4.

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Overall week 3 was pretty good. People threw a wrench in my schedule on a couple of occasions so that I had to get up earlier than planned or go to bed later than planned, but only by an hour or so. I hope week 4 is even better.

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At the actual end of week 3, I realise two things: exercise has a major effect on my sleep patterns as does worrying about work. In week four I am going to see if I can change my food patterns before I go to sleep and if that will help as well. I think I am going to continue with the sleep journal even after the challenge has finished because I find it fascinating!

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6/11/13 8:17 A

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8 hrs

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6 hrs. I slept sound when I got to sleep.

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9,5 hrs

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15 hours of straight sleep last night. I must have needed it!

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5 hours.

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I went to bed earlier, however wasn't able to go to sleep. I got on about 6 hours.

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At the end of week 3, and I have to admit that I need much more sleep than I thought I did (around 9 hours and I can get up without hitting snooze!)
I need to practice more of shutting down in the evening. The only trouble I've really had is those late work nights, when I get home late - I find I still need an hour or 2 to unwind before sleeping, and then of course the next morning I have to still get up at the regular (5 a.m.) time.

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I'm at the end of week 3 plus a few days. During week 2, my doc gave me a melatonin prescription to try for 3 weeks, 1 - 2 hours before bed. I have also learned from my sleep journal that my big problem is falling asleep, not staying asleep. AND that if I exercise hard for an hour during the day, I fall asleep better. Doctor said to exercise like crazy. :) During this week 3 of the challenge, I went on a business trip, ate late dinners, went to bed late, and didn't exercise like crazy. I didn't get enough sleep, but I did get to sleep faster than I used to. The melatonin seems to help so far. Next week, I will be on another business trip, but I hope to eat earlier and exercise! Still journaling, still doing the bedtime routine of "off with the electronics at 8:30, wash up and brush teeth, then quietly knit or something until bed at 9:30". My morning alarm is at 5:40.

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When I accepted the fact that going to bed at 9PM and waking up at 4AM is actually a full 7 hours sleep I feel better. I get up and do something and then if I feel like it I go back to bed for another hour at 6 or 7. I have tried delaying my bedtime to 10 or even 11 but no matter when I go to sleep I wake up at 4.

Last night was bad. During the day I had left the door off the family room open. It is off the ground several feet with a little porch of of it so wasn't too worried about critters getting in a the fresh air felt great. I was passing through later in the morning and her's a snake sitting by the fireplace. I got my hero to get rid of it and decided it's not safe to leave that door open. It was a relatively harmless rat snake but still caused me to have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep last night. I HATE SNAKES!

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MY problem is now that I am better rested, eating well and lighter, my energy level has increased, causing me to want to accomplish more (and stay up later). This is an unintended challenge...

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live a life he has imagined, he will meet upon a success unexperienced in common hours."
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