I joined today because I wanted to give this program a chance. Although journaling will take time, I think it will help me pinpoint some things I am not aware of that keep me from sleep. So, here goes.
I really want to get a Jawbone Up band or FitBit that can track quality of sleep. I have some crazy dreams and even though I go to bed early enough, I wonder if I'm getting enough quality sleep. I also just started reading a book about sleep called Dreamland by David K. Randall.
Ok, following up my last comment, I have decided that instead of keeping a sleep journal which will be very difficult for me. What I can do is have sleep targets instead. I will keep it simple and just tick off if I managed to achieve those targets each day.
I suffer from sever Narcolepsy so keeping a sleep diary is not only pointless for me personally but will also add extra stress on to my normal none existent sleep pattern. My illness isn't a sleep disorder, it is a brain disorder characterised by sleep disorders and a lack of non-REM sleep due to the brains inability to produce enough hypocretin. It is incurable and I have to just try my best to maintain some sort of routine where possible. I have attempted to keep a sleep diary many times before but when I am likely to fall asleep up to 6 or more times during the day and then wake up during the night about 2 or 3 times... I spend the moments I have awake trying to be as active as possible although sometimes failing, I am not about to start spending that time attempting to write a sleep journal only to find myself falling asleep whilst writing it. I want to improve my sleeping habits for sure, and really try to get more of a routine going, I just moved to the other side of the world and the climate and time change is taking me a while to adjust to. But as for this part of the sleep challenge, I am going to have to decline because it's just not going to be of any help for me. I can see how for many people it would be very useful though. Good luck to the rest of you!!! Happy Sleeps ;)
Just started my sleep journal, think it's a brilliant thing to do! I am going to write it on paper to see the flow better and I am curious about the effect of exercise on my sleep. I often drink 2 glasses of wine with my dinner and am also starting to wonder if that is making me wake up during the night - I have already ditched caffeine from the afternoon onwards so am looking for the next culprit causing me to wake up during the night. Thanks SparkPeople - this is an awsome challenge!
Made a point of truning off the tv and going to bed at 9:30pm. I actually drifted off after approx: 40 mins only to be awakened twice by non emergencies. Of course apart from messing up my sleep, im feeling quite tired today.
I did this journal several months ago and was astonished by how much my sleep improved. Normally I find myself lying awake at night for 30 minutes (on a good day) waiting to drift off. With the journal I became more disciplined, falling asleep at about the same time every night. By regulating my sleep cycle I soon found that I was drifting off in under 20 minutes, and waking up naturally every morning without even needing my alarm. Normally I'd set my alarm to go off 15 minutes before I need to be up so I can hit the snooze a few times, but now I just use it as a safe-guard for oversleeping (which I never do, if I keep to the schedule). I didn't even know I was capable of this, I'd just assumed I was a bit of an insomniac.
10/11/2012 5:45:55 AM
Up at 1:30AM, still wide awake at 2:45AM. Will have to start my sleep diary!!!
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