Remember, for April I decided to work on my evening/bed time routine as I felt I wasn’t getting enough sleep during the week and was often tired in the mornings.
My alarm goes off at 5:45 a.m. and I was hardly making it to bed by 11 p.m. the first couple of months of the year. So, in order to get a decent amount of sleep, I reset my preferred time for “lights out” to 10:30 p.m. for April. I also tried to implement a few “rules” in order to help me get to bed at that very reasonable time. Here’s how it went:
1.Turn of the computer by 9 p.m. This hasn’t been too big of an issue for me. The computer has been off way before 9 p.m. lately (unless maybe once or twice when I tried to finish a blog post). I can’t say the same for my iPhone though. I really check it right until I go to bed (and set my alarm). Oh well. Baby steps.
2. Get ready for bed when I turn of the computer or at 9 p.m. This has been an on and off success during the last four weeks. Some nights, I was in my PJ’s right on time, sometimes I wasn’t. Meh.
3. Be in bed by 9:45 p.m. I haven’t been consistent enough with this. I have had way too many excuses why I had to ‘finish the TV show’, ‘do one more thing’, or ‘organize my purse’, and such. I am really good at finding excuses if I don’t want to go to bed. Also, knowing that I wouldn’t turn of the lights until 10:30 p.m. anyway, felt like I had a buffer that I could exploit. Defeats the purpose. I know.
4. Turn off the light by 10:30 p.m. I am happy to say that more often than not, I did turn of the lights by 10:30 p.m. There were a few nights where I didn’t quite make it, but I am trying to not beat myself up about it.
When it comes down to it, I did good overall. Most nights, lights were turned off at 10:30 p.m. (with a few exceptions). That was really the main goal and I accomplished that.
However, I didn’t really take my evening routine serious enough when it comes to preparing for a restful 7.5 hour-sleep. I still had mornings where I felt overwhelmingly tired. I also had mornings where I felt good and energetic. So, what do I do? Can I improve this or is this just a fact of life (because every day the amount of stress is different)? I don’t know, because it seems to go between the need for a lot of sleep and very little sleep and everything in between. It’s hard to figure out.
One thing my evening routine hasn’t changed though is that I still slept a lot on the weekends. I mean, easily 10-hours-a-lot. Maybe, after all, it’s normal to sleep more on the weekends? Come on, tell me that it is! We sleep more because we can! Well, at least I can (for the most part). I know that you guys with (little) kids probably curse me for that right now. I am sorry. Just a little.
What was your goal for April? Were you successful in achieving that goal?
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