I need to readjust my sleep cycle so that I can participate in more morning activities. I am in the habit of staying up until 2 or 2:30 in the morning and then sleeping in till 11 am or so, which means that I usually miss Ladies class on Thursday morning and it is also hard to make church at 10:30 Sunday morning.
This will be a 7 day blog for my 'Winter to Spring 5% Challenge' that I add to through the week outlining a new habit I want to develop and not only how I will make it happen, but how I will make it stick.
A new habit that I would like to develop is going to bed earlier and getting up earlier.
I will try to accomplish this by going to bed at 11:30 pm and allowing myself to read for 30 minutes (set timer) and then getting up by 8:30 am. I tried this last night and was 15 minutes later than I wanted in getting to bed and an hour and a half later than I wanted in getting up, but I was also dealing with a migraine when I went to bed so I am going to cut myself some slack for last night and try to do better tonight.
I remind myself that I can be more socially active if my sleep habits more closely mirror those of the rest of society (even if I don't agree with them) in order to encourage myself to keep on track. I need to work on the attitude also, but one thing at a time. Last night I was 40 minutes late getting in bed and and read 10 minutes longer than planned for a total of 50 minutes late trying to get to sleep. I got up 1 hour and 20 minutes later than I would have liked also, but in my defense, I took to Excedrin Migraine around 3:30 yesterday afternoon and I don't do caffeine well so it was hard to go to sleep. This is my problem, when I have a migraine, which is often, it throws my whole schedule off kilter. I could be an organized planner if my head would just get on board. I am trying my best to work around the migraines, but chronic daily migraines are not normal and make me feel like I will never have a normal life. I just do the best I can with what I have to work with and pray that one day these will stop.
How am I doing day by day? I feel that I am making progress, but I still have a long way to go. Last night I was only 30 minutes later than planned in getting to bed, but I got up way later than I had planned. Okay this is really embarrassing, but the dog and I slept in 3 1/2 hours longer than planned. I hope that I can get to sleep tonight and I will force myself to get up earlier tomorrow.
What can I do to improve? Continue trying to get to bed earlier and get up earlier. Last night I was 1 1/2 hours late getting to bed again and I was 1 1/2 hours late getting up. I think if I have a reason to get up earlier it will be easier to do. So what will motivate me to get up? I think I will try rewarding myself with 1/2 hour of reading time if I get up on time and see if this helps.
I have received advise and motivation on changing my sleep habits already and I have taken steps to integrate the advise into my habit changing plan.
I learned that Sparkpeople has a Better Sleep Challenge and I joined that yesterday so we will see if after 4 weeks I have been able to change my sleep habits.
Changing the sleep habits is not going so well, but I have joined the Better Sleep Challenge which runs for 4 weeks, so I will continue to work on this. I am also going to try using my CPCP machine again and see if that helps.
I would like to say thank you to all of my team members who have supported me in this challenge. Also way to go to those who are able to get in 120 minutes of exercise each day. I usually get in just over 60, but hopefully with the warmer weather I will be able to get in more.