The Better Sleep Challenge - WEEK ONE

Saturday, February 05, 2011

This is my first Spark Challenge. It's taken awhile to start figuring out how to navigate the website as a whole. I figured even though I have a journal on here, I'd rather just use the BLOG because this is where I come to more often than not.

So. I started this Challenge on 2/2/2011.
Week One Action Plan:
Step 1 - I took the Sleep Quiz and got all the questions correct except for 1. This is not surprising as I've done a lot of reading on sleep and sleeping habits. I've struggled with sleep and insomnia for years.

Let us Side Track a little. I've been a mom for almost a decade now and had years of single parenting along with 2nd or 3rd shift jobs. Not to mention a wide array of other life events that did not promote healthy sleep or healthy sleep patterns.
I've finally reached a place in my life where I have a support system and the ability to focus on my health. My husband is a loving and wonderful man, and my son is at an age he doesn't need me as much as when he was a baby. I've also had great success with my career path to finally be in a work environment I enjoy and have opportunity to feel accomplishment in. With all of this it just seemed like now was the time to start taking better care of my overall health which previously had been neglected.

Back to the point. While the Quiz was not surprising, it triggered my memories of different studies and articles I had previously read to get me on track.

Step 2 is to start a Sleep Journal.
Per the suggestion I decided to use my SP Blog to journal in. What I plan on doing is just replying to this particular blog to keep a running journal entry and progress update. I read the articles listed and printed out the one that will assist me with my sleep journal. Instead of writing on this blog right before bed at night or first thing in the morning, I will be writing with good ole pen and paper. I've read studies that say looking at a laptop or cell phone screen triggers the brain to be AWAKE and not SLEEP. Therefore I don't want to be on the computer. However, I will update here to my running week one challenge information.

My Goals for Week 1 - Thus far the only goal I made was to NOT drink caffeine in the evening before bed. I think I'm just going to call it and say that I will NOT be drinking any caffeine after 4PM. Historically speaking I have lived drinking 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning, 1 energy drink, another 2-3 cups of coffee, then a highly caffeinated soda with dinner at night. Yes, I know I know, no WONDER I was having sleeping issues. Of course the horrific cycle is no sleep = craving more caffeine to make it through the day = no sleep, you get the picture.
So far this week I did have some coke one night with dinner, a half glass. However I've been trying really hard and doing much better at it than I thought I would.

So here we are. My Week 1 of The Better Sleep Challenge. Will update tomorrow after I make my first Sleep Journal Entry.

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    Ironically enough, the very first night I fill out my sleep journal, I work up 4 different times throughout the night with difficulty falling back to sleep because of a windy snow storm outside. However, I did it! Will see what the next two nights prove to show.
    3515 days ago
    Sounds like you have many blessings in your life now! Best of luck on your sleep challenge! You are off to a good start! ~hugs~ Nancy

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