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Fitness Minutes: (6,390) Posts: 421 10/15/12 10:42 A
I just completed this challenge and I am getting great sleep. Thanks for setting up this section, I will pop in to offer support and look for support here when needed.
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current weight: 180.0
Posts: 8,004 10/12/12 2:45 P
Greetings - hope you are all doing well
Am sleeping much better though there are nights that I am not - and have come to realize the problem is one of our dogs (he weighs about 14 pounds) will get up on the bed and makes such an issue about getting between hubby and me waking me up each time.
But otherwise am doing well
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Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,148) Posts: 275 4/10/12 10:26 A
I don't know what happened. I am not sleeping again. I had been doing well for months.It seemed the more I walked the better I had been sleeping.
I am still taking my allergy meds and I thought that may be the problem so I started taking them in the morning instead of at night, but that hasn't made any difference.
I have been waking up every 2 hours for no reason. I fall back to sleep almost immediately but the broken sleep is really bothering me.
I am tired in the morning it is taking me longer to get moving and to become fully awake.
I don't know what is going on. Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Pounds lost: 28.5
Posts: 702 4/9/12 9:44 A
I think I've gone back to square one here. I am weaning off sleeping medication and I was doing well but Saturday night I couldn't sleep and I needed rest for a full day yesterday so I took a half a pill. Had a major problem last night -- I've been up since 3:30 am again. But I didn't take a pill so I guess I'll just slog through it again!
current weight: 184.0
Posts: 104 3/7/12 10:35 A
I have just realized that while I am on vacation I NEED to set an alarm! I am a natural night owl, ADHD, caffeine tolerant woman who works a day job that has me up at 5:45AM every day. My body will not naturally wake me up; proven by the fact that I woke up at 9:30AM this morning, even while construction is going on down the street and the sun shines in my bedroom window! I should probably set a quiet or music alarm, otherwise consistency goes out the window and I feel foggy from too much sleep! 4EVER21B, I really hear you! I guess we need to make an appointment with ourselves for bedtime! lol
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Posts: 184 8/7/11 7:10 P
I signed up for this challenge a little over a month ago. I tried to follow along with each week, but for various reasons was not able to complete each week as I went along. As a result, I think I just kept making the challenge bigger each week instead of building each week on the foundation of the previous week. I think I have figured out some of the reasons I was sabotaging my own progress and understand better some of the obstacles that have prevented progress. I have decided to remain in the challenge, but go back to week 1 and take the time I need to complete it before going on to week 2. Marital issues I've been working on with my counselor during the past 2-3 weeks are helping me feel more motivated to make the "Better Sleep Challenge" work. I think my relationship with my husband has been the biggest obstacle to my success.
current weight: 153.0
Fitness Minutes: (24,666) Posts: 5,251 6/21/11 10:36 P
I learned how important sleep is to weight loss too. It certainly helps me to remain forcus on my goals!
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Pounds lost: 5.8
Posts: 8,061 5/4/11 7:54 P
What a difference a challenge makes! I thought "healthy" was all about eating right and exercising. I learned that sleep is the key. I definitely do better when I am well rested. I still working on consistency. So much to do...you know the usual old excuse..
Will continue to stay with the challenge in this new forum until better sleep becomes the norm for me.
Jackie - Southern CA
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Exercise, eat healthy and stay positive. I know I will get there because I have faith. With faith and action, all things are possible.
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Fitness Minutes: (1,215) Posts: 224 4/13/11 6:41 P
I thought I was doing great... went on to the Stress Challenge, but found out it's all about the sleep. I'm having trouble sleeping through the night. I'm wide awake in 3 hours... then can't sleep some nights... struggle all through the next day. My pets don't help... but it's not just them. HELP!?!?
Fitness Minutes: (25,694) Posts: 1,102 4/10/11 9:50 P
I finally finished this challenge- 4 months instead of 4 weeks- but hey- it is about making lasting changes for me so I don't care how long I took!
I declare I am the possiblity of self love in action! So I am re-training my self. No electronics between 11pm - 9 am.
And that, sparkies, is what I am up to! I will continue tracking that goal, together with all my lifestyle choices.
"Never give up a passion!" me
"To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." EE Cummings, poet
December Minutes: 0
Posts: 6,697 11/30/10 8:52 A
I learned so much from this challenge. The tools are invaluable. Stuff can still get in the way, like a particularly late night for a good reason, or a head cold (which I have now), but the guidelines are always there to set me back into the framework needed to start sleeping again!
Sam Jerusalem - Israel
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Fitness Minutes: (56,910) Posts: 2,279 10/17/10 12:43 P
I've finished my 4 week challenge. Some nights are better than others and I try to keep factors which I know affect my sleeping pattern in mind. I too have tried melatonin and it does work if you know you're stressed or jet-lagged but I try to avoid it on a daily basis.
December Minutes: 0
Posts: 25,553 10/12/10 11:34 A
Hi I joined this team because for years I could never sleep in my bad i got up and slept in a recliner. Then i discovered Melatonin. Since a few days after I started to take just 3 mg of melatonin i sleep well, Here is the link I do not know how else to get it to whoever can get this to all of you just in case it works for someone else. www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/melatonin -overview
Pat in Maine. I FEEL Healthier every day with my Spark Tracker. I will do it slowly I like it that way. Toodle-ooo! and Toodle- Pip! JUST DO IT!
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current weight: 170.0
Posts: 731 10/5/10 5:35 P
I'm going through the Challenge a second time. At least I know what I have to work on -- bedtime! Something worth mentioning: a tight jaw or clenched teeth will interfere with sleep. Relax the jaw, keep teeth apart, and it may help too to pull your tongue away from the teeth and relax it as well. I finally let my dentist make me a mouthpiece that has taught me to make these adjustments while I'm asleep. I've heard that this sort of thing can run in the family. It does in mine. Your dentist can help you get a better night's sleep!
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current weight: 138.8
Fitness Minutes: (27,426) Posts: 1,348 10/4/10 6:41 P
i am getting better at maintaining a regualr schedule for going to bed and waking up. buti still am having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and some mornings i feel like a restless zombie. some nights are great but some are brutal and then if i accidentially nap i'm up for hour and hours into the late night.
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bath- that's why we reccommend it daily"
current weight: 197.6
Posts: 6,024 9/29/10 3:33 P
Glad to see I'm not the only one who completed the challenge but still feels like they aren't done yet. :-) And yet we are.
Fitness Minutes: (24,390) Posts: 1,474 9/29/10 8:17 A
I too learned a lot from this challenge, but also a work in progress. Stress seems to be the stumbling block for me. However I am working on it and I am sleeping much better now. Thanks for the forum.
Fitness Minutes: (63,298) Posts: 3,691 9/17/10 9:24 P
This was a great idea,I learn alot from the posts,and continue with struggles at times.
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current weight: 0.0 under
Posts: 5,013 9/14/10 5:18 A
I learned a lot by doing the challenge. Just graduated on Saturday, but I feel like I am still in the process of improving my sleep, trying different approaches and learning, etc.
Therefore, I am very glad to have this discussion forum for us graduates! Thank you!
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
- Thomas A. Edison
Posts: 600 9/13/10 4:59 P
Im glad this forum was created.. even though I completed the challenge I am still struggling at times to sleep... I fall asleep fine but I wake very early and cant go back to sleep..it gets hard to function.. if anyone has any ideas to help that would be great.. Thanks.. Tanya
current weight: 215.0
Fitness Minutes: (112,042) Posts: 46,222 9/13/10 4:14 P
A member thought having a forum for those of you who have completed this challenge would be a great addition to the team and I agreed. So feel free to use this forum to discuss the obstacles you may still face well after you have completed the 4 week challenge.
HAPPY SPARKING! Nancy
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