I have signed up to the Official Better Sleep Challenge and I have reached the end of week 1.
As part of the challenge, you are required to keep a sleep journal that looks at your habits prior to going to bed, how your night went, and how your stress levels were throughout the week. (well they look at other things too, but these were the important topics for me).
I don't sleep well at all, and get easily disturbed, so I am hopeful that I will get some help from this challenge and avoid resorting to medical help.
So, how did I do?
Well, I pretty much follow the same routine each night, and I generally go to bed at the same time. The main differences are what happens to my diet and during the day.
When I have caffeine, or sugary snacks during the day, I suffer at night. If my stress levels go up beyond 5, I suffer during the night.
If I take exercise, I sleep better.
So, overall I've learned about my personal needs:
1. Stick to a routine as much as possible
2. Avoid caffeine after lunch
3. Take exercise regularly
4. Avoid sugary snacks and stick to 'proper' food.
it was a really useful exercise, and I enjoyed taking part in the process.
I'm looking forward to the challenges of week 2 - no computer 30 mins before bedtime, and no caffeine after 1pm.
On that note it's time for