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2/5/11 12:33 P

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Hello All. I have joined this challenge because I know how important my sleep is to my overall health. If something is going to get thrown under the bus, it's my sleep. Because this is the one area I always tell myself "I'll just drink extra coffee tomorrow".

For my first week, my Goal was/is to not drink lots of caffeine in the later part of my day. I know this effects my ability to relax and fall asleep at night.
Good luck and Sweet Dreams Everyone!

Our lives are a never ending journey. What we do as we travel to our destination is what makes all the difference. ~RaZella



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2/4/11 4:37 P

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My goal is to develop a regular sleep routine.

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2/4/11 12:50 P

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Hm. This week's goal will be to start doing my 'bed yoga' again before hubby and dog get in there and steal all the room. It doesn't take long, and I really think I slept better (and recovered better from exercising) when I did it.

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2/4/11 3:01 A

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My goal is to learn more about getting productive sleep. I looooove sleep.

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2/3/11 9:12 A

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I just joined this challenge today. I have had a wacky sleep schedule for years...caused from babies who woke up all during the night, then a 12-hour graveyard shift job for a couple years, and then a BAD habit of taking Tylenol PM.

Well I no longer live with babies and I no longer work the graveyard shift.

Quitters never win, Winners never quit

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2/3/11 6:54 A

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Just started

Goals

Fill out Sleep Diary consistently
Reduce/eliminate Zopiclone use
Get restful 8 hours of sleep

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2/2/11 11:47 P

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I joined this Better Sleep Challenge because I have very poor sleep habits. I stay up late, get up early, and sometimes I even stay up all night and not sleep at all! I came to the realization that, while I may not feel like it all the time, my body is getting beat up and exhausted because of the way I have been treating it in regards to my sleep schedule.

My goals for the next four weeks are to establish a regular sleep routine of going to bed by 11:30pm and being up the next morning between 7:30 and 8:00am.

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2/2/11 7:39 P

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my goal this week is to be in bed by 10pm and not hit snooze when the alarm rings in the morning. this may be a bit of a challenge (as i currently snooze for 30-60mins every morning) but i am willing to give it my all this week.

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2/2/11 7:20 P

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My goal this week is to start keeping a more consistent sleep schedule by going to bed no later than 11 pm. I also want to start getting up at the same time each morning, including not hitting the snooze button as much or at all.

98% of life is just showing up - I'm ready to start showing up for myself and stop living in my own shadow.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.


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2/2/11 2:30 P

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I'm going to work on a more consistent sleep schedule so that my body knows when the appropriate times to rest are!



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2/2/11 11:31 A

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Just finished week 1!! I had been keeping a sleep journal for MONTHS but I didn't know the right stuff to write down. Thank you for the journal outline!!! It helped me pinpoint my issues.

My goals:
Read for at LEAST 30 min in dim lighting before trying to go to sleep.
Go to bed at no later than 10:30pm.
Sleep solidly for at least 7 hours out of the 7.5hrs I'll be trying to sleep.
Cut off food and drink by 8:00.

THANK YOU SPARKTEAM!!! I haven't slept this good in AGES and I was worried I'd never find out why. Turns out it was my own brain!! Woot!

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2/1/11 11:56 P

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I am going to get 8 hours of sleep a night and wake up 1 hour before I have to leave for work every morning.

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2/1/11 7:37 P

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For this first week I'd like to go to my room every night at the same time, and then lights out 30 minutes after that. I also want to wake up at the same time every morning, and start establishing these times as a routine.

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2/1/11 4:08 P

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Goals:
In bed by 10.

No caffeine after 2 pm

Awake by 8 am

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2/1/11 9:37 A

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Reduce sodas during the day-none after 7:00
Get out of bed in when I first wake in the morning
Learn relaxation methods


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2/1/11 5:54 A

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Going to work towards a steady "bedtime" and getting 7 1/2 - 8 hours of sleep a night.

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1/31/11 11:22 P

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I'm going to work on getting at least 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep a night. I know it's not enough but it's more than what I average now (5.5 - 6 hours).

Edited by: TIME2LOSEW8 at: 1/31/2011 (23:24)
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1/31/11 11:05 A

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My goal is to place a "curfew" on myself and all electronics must be off by midnight. If I'm still having problems falling asleep, then I will read a book to relax me.

Life is short, the world is wide. I want to make some memories.

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1/31/11 1:59 A

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My goal is to continue journaling my sleep. Daily is nice, but 3 times a week is my first goall.

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1/31/11 12:59 A

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My goals are to avoid snacking after dinner and wake up when the alarm goes off. No snoozing!

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1/30/11 7:45 P

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My goals are
turn lights out and go to sleep by 11pm at least 4 nights a week
Write in my sleep journal at least 4 times a week
Research and try anti-stress techniques twice a week

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"Nothing worth having is easy; if it was, everyone would have it." -my Pap RIP

"I'm starting with the [wo]man in the mirror... If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change." -Michael Jackson RIP

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Goal 2: 236 - no longer severely obese.
Goal 3: 202 - no longer obese.
Goal 4: 199 - out of the 200s.
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1/30/11 4:40 P

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I wish to establish a better night time routine and to wake feeling rested, even after sleping 7 hours.

You've got three choices in life. Give up, give in, or give it your all.

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1/30/11 2:14 P

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I want a full 8 hours of sleep each night

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1/30/11 12:05 A

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I just want to get a more restful nights sleep.

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1/29/11 7:48 P

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My goals are to fall asleep without laying there for what seems like hours and staying asleep. Normally I wake up several times throughout the night and can't get back to sleep. Hoping making some changes will help me not feel so tired during the day.

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1/29/11 7:01 P

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I am hoping that as I lose weight and become healthier overall (my ultimate goal) that my sleep quality improves ... I do have sleep apnea, but I wear my CPAP religiously every night, I am on Nuvigil but I'm still exhausted every day. I usually get at LEAST 8 hours of sleep a night (most of the time I get 9 or 10). My goal is actually to stay up a little later (I'm usually in bed by 7 or 8, get up at 5am for work), get some exercise in the afternoons and hope I can improve my energy levels that way.



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CONTESSA63 Posts: 344
1/29/11 7:24 A

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I aim to be more consistent about my bedtime and to avoid junk food in the evenings.

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1/29/11 4:10 A

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I am keeping a sleep journal...but I have not been to sleep except for an hour on the bus the other day I wrote that down. So I guess my goals are to sleep regular make a wake sleep cycle that is normal.

Edited by: LILMAHOGANY at: 1/29/2011 (04:24)
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1/28/11 7:35 P

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Thanks Janetx62 I just added my first entry. It's not easy changing your sleeping time. Usually I can't sleep before 2am. then I'm up to go to work no later than 7. I went to bed at 11:30 and read Tom Sawyer of all things. The book makes me laugh and there's not a lot of bad language. I needed something to unwind with. Hubby likes a lot of these action and adventure stories not to say anything of the wild SiFi's. I like SiFi but you can keep the ones with a touch of horror.Anyway, I was asleep by 12 woke up once but back to sleep in 20 min., slept til 7.

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1/28/11 4:56 A

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To stop having coffee after 6.00p.m

To get to sleep quickly.

To stay asleep.

If I wake up in the night be able to get back to sleep quickly.

BURNINGTHYME101 - I've recorded mine in the spark planner, which if you press my tools , then planner, you will find it.


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1/27/11 10:44 P

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When do you do your sleep journaling emoticon or is this the plac emoticon

Edited by: BURNINGTHYME101 at: 1/27/2011 (22:46)
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1/27/11 1:13 P

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In week one I learned that the busier I am the better I sleep. Also, it seems to be better for me to have a bowl of cereal as opposed to the cottage cheese and fruit that I've been having for my evening snack. (I'm hypoglycemic, I *have* to have an evening snack.)

So, even though the thought of it stresses me out my goals are (1)to be busier and (2)to continue to use the nutrition tracker to make sure I'm eating properly.

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1/27/11 9:48 A

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My goals:
In bed by 10
Books closed by 10:30
at least 7 hrs/4x/wk
no arguments at bedtime


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1/26/11 8:13 P

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My goals are:

- No caffeine after 2 pm.
- No TV or computer after 10:00 pm.
- Be in bed by 10:30 pm.
- Not sleep so much on the weekends (get a more set sleep schedule)

~ Be good for goodness sake
~ Question Everything!


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1/26/11 3:50 P

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1. do a pre-bed routine
2. go to bed at the same time
3. get up at the same time
4. continue to keep journal

These are my goals after reviewing my journal.

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1/26/11 3:09 P

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Restarted my challenge! This time I did a pretty good job on the sleep journal, and had my husband do it too.
It seems like job stress is what makes him unable to sleep- and for me it's all about getting up on time.
So my goals are:
-sleep in no more than 1hr on weekends
-No caffiene after noon

I am going to help my husband by doing relaxation exercises and helping him follow a set routine for the 30min before bed.



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1/25/11 4:12 P

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My goals are:
-be in bed by 10:30 pm.
-get at least eight hours of sleep each night.
-no caffeine after 5 pm.
-relaxation techniques before bed.

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1/24/11 7:45 P

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My goals are:
-to be in bed by 11
-to lay down without the TV on
-to keep the same wake up schedule on the weekend like I do during the week.
-try to figure out how to quiet my mind to actually get to sleep after getting in bed.

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1/24/11 12:22 P

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My goals are:

- to be in bed by 10:30pm
- to stop reading etc. in bed
- not to allow my sleep schedule to be governed by the cat. I don't need to wait up for her to decide to come to bed (she's quite capable of figuring herself out)
- to not sleep in on the weekends
- and to try and do exercise more regularly

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1/24/11 11:51 A

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My goals are:

Be in bed by 11:30pm at the latest.
Finish tasks like working on my novel, household cleaning and so forth by 9pm to allow time to read and relax before bed.
Get back into an exercise routine.

"I am worth the success that I'll have not the defeat that I feel." ---Something I came up with one day to remind me that I have to focus on what I want.



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1/24/11 9:51 A

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My goals are:

be asleep by 8:30 every night
relax before bed starting around 8
no caffeine
exercise early in the day
drink hot bedtime tea to help me to be relaxed and calm

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1/23/11 9:09 P

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My goals:

In bed by 10:30 and lights out by 11:00
No caffeine after 1pm
Some form of exercise every day
No late night sugar

Edited by: OSTERA15 at: 1/24/2011 (12:31)
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1/23/11 6:39 P

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After week one I've realized I have no pre-bedtime routine and that often I don't get into bed until past my bedtime due to distractions I put off until right before bed.

Goals for week 2:
Establish a bedtime and pre-bedtime routine to relax. (This week I will aim to be in bed by 9 pm every night since I wake up at 5:30 every morning and will plan to read for 10-20 minutes each night to relax)

Stop eating for at least 3 hours before bedtime (nothing after 6 pm other than a small snack if hungry).

Get things done way before bedtime or make a list of to dos for the next day.



If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
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1/23/11 3:19 P

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I noticed I dont get to bed early enough to get enough sleep & then I hit my snooze. I also have trouble getting my brain to shut down. Also wakingup to shift positions 3-4 times each night because of pain in hips & back ---so this is my plan:

My goals:

to get at least 7 hours sleep each night I need to--
in bed by 1030 on work nights
no snooze button--up out of bed 5:30 work days
take a non-narcotic pain reliever before bed.
15 minutes of relaxation activity before bed---deep breathing, reading...

Live every day to the fullest-- leave no room for regrets...

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1/23/11 2:46 A

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Right now, my goals are simply to find a way to get some good quality sleep, and still be able to live like a normal human most days of the week. I work three 12 hour overnight shifts on the weekend, so my sleep schedule is pretty messed up. (Thank heavens they're the same nights. I don't rotate through the week.) All the advice for shift workers is to keep the same schedule, whether you're working or not. I can't do that. I am also the primary transportation for DS and DIL for all their doctor appointments and such. Not to mention I live in an apartment building with thin walls, and I doubt my neighbors would appreciate me running the vacuum at 2 am. ;)

Edited by: MORETA63 at: 1/23/2011 (02:47)
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1/23/11 2:43 A

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My major goal is to STAY asleep once I fall asleep, for at least 6 hours!

I aim to be in bed by 11pm, sleep the night through, and hopefully not wake before 7am. Have managed to do that maybe three times in the past 5 years, but not going to let go of aiming to achieve a miracle and have it a regular night-time occurrence.

Chris - Stawell, Victoria, Australia.

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1/22/11 10:38 P

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My goals:

In bed by 11:00
Wake by 8:00
No caffine after 2:00
Last Meal before 7:00

You can't be there for your family if you don't take care of yourself first!!


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1/22/11 10:15 A

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My goals:

In bed by 10:00 pm
Up at 5 am on weekdays and 6 am on weekends
No food after 8:00 pm
Off the computer by 9:30 pm

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1/22/11 10:13 A

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Goals:
1. Be in bed by 11:00 PM (sunday - thursday)
2. Be in bed by mid-night (friday - saturday)
3. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.


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1/21/11 10:58 A

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My goals:

1) Get at least 7 hours of sleep by sticking to a bedtime.
2) Keep the caffeine to a minimum -- I've had far less this past week than I have had in a while. When I had a cup of coffee yesterday evening I could feel it for hours! Definitely could feel its effects.
3) Keep the bedtime routine I have going. It seems to help me "feel" that it's bedtime.
4) Develop a bedtime routine to help let go of worries

Overall, my journal results are what I expected. I haven't had too much trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. There's been a couple of nights tossing and turning thinking about worries, so I think it would be worthwhile to find a way to release them before I sleep. Other than worries, the only thing really keeping me up this week was a head cold. I also confirmed that any coffee needs to be had much earlier before bed! Also, I've been pretty good at sticking to a bedtime and very good at getting up around the same time each morning. The schedule seems to help me be more awake than when I would sleep a whole bunch one night and only a few hours the next.



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