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What did not work for you? The entire challenge or the week you are working on? The journaling part was very difficult for me.....too much detailing right before bed. However, much more was noticed after the challenge was over and had been doing steps a while longer.

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It did not work for me and I found out nothing new.

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I agree. I'm still working on this myself.

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DDHEART: Did very much the same as you are doing now. Each one of those does contribute to a much better sleep. Give things time. Found out myself it does not help to rush thru this......defeats it all.

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Just starting week four and I have been sleeping better. Decreasing TV in the bedroom, lavender oil and lotion & linen spray, avoiding turning the TV on for "white noise" if I awaken in the middle of the night Oh, and watching what I eat and drink. It all adds up to improved sleep for me.

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Good to hear you found something that helps,DUCKTURNIP. I have even used lavender essential oil.

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Yes, Kathryn! I listen to relaxing music or an audio book for the first half hour I'm in bed, and that really helps me sleep better.

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Good for you! Found that one out myself, also. For me, the hour before bed of no electronics helped. Read a book for 30min while in bed.


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I'm sleeping better now that I'm exercising more.

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LIN1263: Good plan. The more taken care of during the day to be ready for wind down time, the better. Found out the hard way, it made more stress for me waiting till the night.

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Day 1, week 4 tomorrow

manage to go to bed on time but need to do a list for the next day in the afternoon so not to stay awake thinking on it

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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Glad to read you are reaching that 8 hour goal. Am still not that regular but am getting better.

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you are doing very well. I occasionally get 7 and it is a wonderful feeling. I'm still trying to get a fairly consistent 6 hours!!!

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I have consistently moved into the 7-8 hour night range. I feel great!

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TROOPER62: 8 is not routine for me yet. Maybe on weekends when visiting grandkids. They are up 8 or 9. Then I might. Am still waken a wee bit thru night due to 9mo crying out. Most times go back to sleep except the 4:00am one.My sleep is more relaxed, though. I get to sleep with two blessings that God sent to my life in my arms. Figure I have about another year before baby joins us. lol

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I get between 7-8 hours of sleep most nights

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Eight hours is still my basic long term goal. It hasn't happened each night but the important part for me is that it HAS happened. I have made it a priority to be home and starting the routine by 8. I get up at 5am but if restless and awake will do so at 4. The warm milk is part of my routine as well as no electronics. To wind down, I have returned to reading. I actually thought about getting wind up clock so as not to use the cell, However, it is my only phone so I don't turn it off at night in case am needed. So I just put it on the other side of the room. I have read so much on sleep it is mind boggling how much there is. Have talked to the weight group leader about doing a program on sleep. The biggest goal will be to get my bedroom into a complete state of calm and order. This will take some time but I do alittle each day. In the beginning I hated the journaling , I was actually starting to stress over it as One More Thing To Do Before Bed. Changed the attitude by using it as the wind down time. I still don't like it though. LOL. Using scents was something I am glad I checked out. Got myself a diffuser. This is one challenge I feel really benefitted me. Just not waking up as much thru the night is such a blessing. Thank you.

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Day 7
week 4
I have finished this challenge now & managed it, in a couple of days, I will post on week 5 comments.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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Day 4 went to church in the morning & a church singalong in the evening. After morning layed down on couch & sleeped soundly for 2.5 hours with no alarm. I have not slept well this month,but past 4 days has been cooler weather so starting to sleep better & getting better on getting to sleep on time. It takes 60 minutes or longer to get to sleep after I go to bed.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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Day 3, I will be getting to bed on time tonight as I have early church service. I am home 10:30 a.m. & can do some catch up at home so I can rest regarding my bad health. I need to change all computer passwords & other important stuff on internet & organize bills to pay next week at the bank in person to start with. Theses are the most important things to do. I have no company tomorrow so I can get stuff done at home.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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Day 2, week 4
MY long term goal is to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. I managed last night, now 1:00 a.m. & had supper at midnight, after this have dishes to do & put away laundry before be,have a small amount of tidying up now regarding unexpected company tomorrow morning, most times they stay 14 hours & I get nothing done!
I guess I can get to bed on time day 3. I need to plan my day so I get things done early enough to go to bed on time. Planning a persons day to do what needs to be done while still allowing evening time to relax is what I think would be best.
I also for the first time ever found fruit flies in the bottom of my fridge underneath the fruit & vegetable trays, none in the food, I thought they die in the fridge from lack of oxygen, I spent 2 hours cleaning my fridge, they are all gone, my small compost bin I take out immediately after I use it for fruit & vegetables. I will now clean fruits & vegetables before I put in my fridge when I get home from a market. I have no way of knowing what market this was from. It happened in a 12 hour time frame. I always check fridge at least 2 times daily.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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8/27/17 8:57 A

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Finishing week 4 and I am very happy since I am sleeping a little bit better. I will continue this goal even after I am not doing it here anymore since it is helpful.

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My long-term goal is to establish a better night-time routine.

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Today I compared measures of sleep with other measures. The most useful comparison was this week with last week. Last week was extremely stressful for me. Compared with usual weeks, I got fewer hours of sleep, less good sleep quality, had less energy, was in a lower mood, ate more calories, and did less exercise. This week, compared with usual, I got more and better quality sleep, had much higher energy, much higher self esteem and much higher mood. Compared with last week, I ate fewer calories and got more minutes of exercise. I understand that this doesn't necessarily show what causes what. Because I know that my stress level was so extreme last week, my gut says stress caused insomnia and increased caloric intake.

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7 hours. Was much less tense all day yesterday and evening went well. If I got up at all during the night, I don't remember it.

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5 hours last night, but awoke feeling rested and ready to start day.

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7 hours last night. What was different yesterday compared to the last few days?
more physical activity
felt less stressed
less tension in household
able to brush off remarks intended to put me down as her agenda and not related to me or my behavior
attended memorial service in evening (for Pulse in Orlando) which was excellent

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I thought I would sleep better and longer last night because the day ended well, I was much less tense and felt pleasantly tired and sleepy before bed. Even so, I got only 5 hours.

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5.5 hours of sleep last night. This was the most pleasant day we have had for weeks. Everyone was helpful to each other and there were no highly emotional episodes.

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4.5 hours of sleep. I am continuing to follow routine and making every effort to get more sleep, but not successful currently. Too much tension in household related to partner's emotional problems and behavior.

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slept 4 hours. Tension is high in household.

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Took a nap and slept 2 hours yesterday--got 5 hours last night--feel rested today and hope to get back onto routine of no naps and at least 6.5 hours of sleep at night.

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I am guessing I got 4 hours of sleep, though I felt like I was awake all night. The tension is very high, as my partner is alternately sobbing and angrily shouting. Her daughter and I are alternating staying with her and both of us are getting exhausted.

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Last night I slept 7.5 hours. A major stress (financial) was relieved yesterday and I had no caffeine after 9 AM and no TV in the evening.

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Another night with only 5 hours of sleep. Have cut back on caffeine and today will cut it out entirely. Stress level is high.

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I am getting less sleep and less good quality sleep since my partner returned from her stay with her daughter. One possibility is that while Sue was gone, I had no caffeine at all and now that she is back, drink caffeinated tea if that is in the pot. The other possibility is that it is more stressful when she is home because I need to keep an eye on her most of the time and see that she is safe and reasonably appropriate for occasion.

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I am having a tough time getting over 6 hours of sleep. The main problem is the restless leg syndrome. l will continue with my new routine at bedtime, which does help, and check this out with the specialist at my next appointment. In the meantime, I will try taking a nap each afternoon . This decision comes after a dropped off to sleep briefly yesterday and spilled a cup of hot tea in my lap. I assume I don't have to add why the sleep was brief!!

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Doing week 4 and have slept 10 hours because of a cold. I am happy with the progress I've made with my sleep and will continue to track my sleep using my phone app.

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I am moving into week 4 now and find that I could have done so on time!! Anyhow, I am continuing to track my bed routine goals and will work on developing long term goals.

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sleepy a few times today. otherwise i am still learning my new work role. a new training class starts in 2 weeks so soon my small group wont be the newbies anymore. hubby and i did not nap. i did my workout and he started cooking supper. we ate together and cleaned up (most of so most of that is clean. normally if we nap we are waking up groogy about this time. it is odd that it is alraedy done. i am sure i will want a snack later, but now i can do it earlier and still get to bed more timely.

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I was tired during the day yesterday. i zoned out mentally a couple times. today i was sleepy again so i took a nap. will go back to week 1 tasks to get back to work on my night habits

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this last week was a fail. i fell asleep ok most nights but it was after midnight when i went to bed, i napped several times and i got behind on my exercise routine. blah...

with that said, i will revisit week 1 goals. and i will be giving up caffinated beverages for the next 7 weeks or so. i dont like coffee so , i will be giving up mountain dew, dr pepper and a few other caffine/sugar delights. y eah i know i could save calories by drinking diet, but the artificial sugars tend to hurt my stomach. i am wondering if their is no such thing a the "1 most important thing" or the "silver bullet for success". i think it will be all the littls consistant habits that will get me to where i want to be. aftea ll it was the constant bad habits that took me away from my goals

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Because I get up early everyday but Saturday It has been easier to set goals.

1. Set up a bedtime and stick to ias much as possible.
2. Set a tone for the bedroom.
3. Meditate for a few moments nightly.


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I'm still struggling, I still get 2 hrs or no hours some nights, but I have learned a few thing from my sleep journal.

1. I do best when I go to bed really early--like by 7. I still wake up at 3 at the latest come rain or shine (if I've slept) so going to bed early not only lets me get more hours, but I tend to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer when I do it.
2. I really only need about 6 hrs. a night to feel rested and energized during the day. I don't know whether this is because my body is just used to sleep deprivation or not, but taking off the pressure to get 8 hrs. has taken away a great deal of stress.
3.I need to turn off all lights at least an hour before bed. It really helps me to have dimness/darkness for awhile before sleeping.
4. Exercise when I first wake up (yep, at 3) is a good time--it energizes me for the day, I do more, and I'm therefore more tired at night.

So those are the things I've learned. This has been a helpful challenge for me, even though I still struggle. I have learned.

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I have done this sleep challenge before but 'this time' I really worked at it a lot harder and I got a lot better results as well. I read many of your posts and I agree that health issues can and do pose unique problems when it comes to getting the kind of restorative sleep we all need and want.

I have been keeping a sleep journal the entire time and I am glad that I did. I do not fill out the before bed one because I am fearful it will enough computer time to keep me awake. I do it along with the morning one since I am pretty aware of the night before.

What has changed in the past four weeks is that I go directly to bed. I do not spend any time on the computer any more like I used to.

I also have NOT used sleep aids for the past 10 days and I had been using them for 16 years. I hope that trend continues.

I have had chronic insomnia and I plan on blogging about this challenge as soon as I am done here. I believe that this was definitely impacting my ability to lose weight and exercise so the cycle of feeling crummy just kept on and on.

I think one thing that really wasn't covered in this sleep challenge was your awake time. I had spent so long just 'getting through the day' that once I started sleeping better I had to figure out what to do with my time since now I was actually alert to enjoy it more.

As for health issues, I have chronic pain but I am hoping to make some doctor appointments in September and tackle those. In the meantime I am self-treating those and continuing to look for self-treatments that will help me. I bought new pillows and a bed topper that is pressure sensitive and has cooling features.

As for life issues like problems, I do try to solve those during my waking hours and once I feel that I have done all I can I have been practicing on letting it go.

All of these have been impediments to a good night's rest and now that I am aware of what has been holding me back I am really hoping that I won't have to return here to do this again but if I do I know that I can get back on a scheduled sleep routine and stay there.

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January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
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My long term goal 7-9 hours each night. I am on my way since being on this challenge, I have gotten MORE sleep than even being on vacation!

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My long-term goals:
1. 6.5+ hours of sleep each night, which means I need to be in bed 7 hours each night.
2. Wake up at 4:15 AM on weekdays, which means I need to be in bed by 9 PM on weeknights.

I wish I could get to bed a half-hour earlier...but I'm not willing to sacrifice the "me time" in the evenings."

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My long term sleep goal is pretty simple. 7+ hours a night. Which means I need 8 hours of being in bed. Easy once you do the math.

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I had a hard start to this challenge as I had just stopped using a CPAP machine. For a few days I woke up at least 5 times. This is now down to twice a night. If I have no trouble with my cough I go to sleep quickly. I am now able to go back to sleep after waking up.
I am now turning computer off at 8 p.m. and the TV by 9 p.m. If I am not watching a movie I read until bedtime at 9:30 p.m. I also plan to add some additional exercises to my afternoon routine.
What I have learned on the challenge has improved my sleep.

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I took my time finishing this last week of Challenge. Life does that sometimes. For me, it was dealing with some abnormal mammogram results, which led to a biopsy: results yesterday were benign thankfully.... But with all the medical reading I was doing to prepare myself for the other possible outcome...and really letting it soak in, get processed, and accepted...without panic did however negatively affect some nights sleep. Certainly not as much as it might have once done though!!

My three take aways from this challenge are pretty close to habits now. I have been turning the computer off well before bed time; light exercise to gently stretch and relax muscles; and enjoying some warm milk while I read poetry...

I also did some research on the muscle cramps and RLS I've been experiencing. My feet will always be an issue (!), but figured I could work on the RLS/ calf cramps anyway. So I started a trial of several weeks adding in half strength Calcium and Magnesium supplements during the day, and its seemed to have helped. Time will tell. I also plan to make a Doctor's appt to discuss some of what I've learned on the RLS...and check that he's OK with the Ca/Mg I'm trying. But need to get a breather after the breast biopsy first!

Wishing all of you those eight hours of sleep and peaceful dreams!!
patti

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I have been doing really quite well with my new sleeping goals over the past 4 weeks.

However, I had some physical testing done to find out what my disability will be on Weds and Thurs this week. After a very difficult day Weds, both mentally and physically with reality setting in - I did not sleep at all that night... I maybe got 1-2 hours at the most at various 5 minutes here and there all night long.

Then last night came, and I went to bed about 7:30pm (which I never do) and didn't get out of bed until almost 9:00am this morning. I got up several times to go to the bathroom, but laid right back down and was out like a light each time.

I have never in my life slept like that!!!! I guess the stress of all that is going on with this injury has finally gotten to me after 2 full years.

Right now it's 7:27pm and I am really thinking that I am going to go to bed right now.
Good night.
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Hi PRIMROSE128,

My cat was waking me at 3:40 AM for food, but then we purchased an automatic feeder for a trip out of town, and it worked so well I just kept right on using it when I got back. Now the cat begs from the feeder instead of walking on my face and biting my hair. I can't recommend it enough.

I'm with you about starting over on this challenge, again. I'm still struggling to get to bed "on time" 2-3 times a week. But I am getting more better sleep (according to my fitness tracker), and each week my commitment to get good sleep grows firmer.

This week I'm working on making realistic choices and tradeoffs when I plan each evening's activities.



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Will have to circle back and do this all over again and again- i'm a slow learner sometimes. But i firmly believe in sleep education.

Here's me with the bad cat in the family that starts crying non-stop every night starting at 3:30 a.m.to 4:00 a.m. to go out. He's certainly been ruining my sleep for the past eight years !
I really am paralyzed about what to do about it !

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long term goals~
Week 4 I am very glad that I joined this challenge! I have sleeping better at night but right now having some issues because I am in the process of weaning off of morphine. Lot of waking up in the night with sweats. Even though I am waking up I am not feeling anxious about the symptoms because I understand.
I read some of the informative sparkpeople articles that were recommended, and tried the sleep techniques. I was already using techniques such as no caffeine after noon or other stimulants.
!. What really helps for me is sticking with the same nightly routine every day. I am reading at least four days want to do it every day
2. I want to write down in a journal daily or at least five times in the week at the same time but I have not been doing that I am too tired to write. I am thinking of actually doing the writing slightly earlier in the evening, my thoughts and what went on during the day.
3.Go to bed at the same time every night


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I think you have the right idea Betsy! For a while there I was getting up at 4:30 and I would be a mess in the evening. Recently I have been getting up at 5am so that I can exercise in the morning, but I would be so much better getting up at 6am. Perhaps it is time to switch to the noon time workout again. Thanks for sharing what's working for you.

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I am going to bed at 9 pm to read and 10 pm to sleep. I get up by 6 am every morning including weekends.

I am also exercising more regularly and I keep a sleep journal next to my bed.

I am feeling more rested in the mornings!

Betsy

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Did anyone else see last night's Nightly News with Lester Holt? There was a story called bedroom divorce (not so sure I like the name of the story) about how 25% of couples sleep in separate rooms so that they can each get a good night's sleep and experts say they can also save the marraige this way. That when both individuals get a good night's sleep, they are in a better mood the next day, happier and can communicate better. I thought it was a great story, but my partner did not engage in conversation following the story. Ugh - I need my sleep!!! Anyone else sleeping in a separate room from their husband/wife/partner?

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These things help me sleep better:
- be consistent with exercising
- stop eating and drinking liquids as early in the evening as possible
- turn off all visual stimulation an hour before bed time
- turn on guided meditation before bed time
- keep to set times for both going to bed and waking up.


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I have completed this journey and have some good insight into my sleep issues. A couple changes I plan to make:

Go to bed each night at the same time (between 10:30 - 11:00 p.m.)

Get up a bit earlier each day - target 6:30 a.m.

Start my day with some calming exercise like yoga and perhaps an early walk with Daisy

Be sure to get at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise each day - it seems to help

On nights that I have difficulty sleeping, stay in bed and try mindful meditation to help chase away the thoughts of the day.

My ultimate goal is to get 7 hours of sleep each night so I can wake refreshed and ready for the next day.

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