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PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/16/12 5:17 P

My room looks like a whole new place, I'm getting plenty of sleep. This challenge has done it's job and so have I.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/13/12 6:56 P

Now I just have to clean out my closet and I'm going to call this challenge "Complete!"



PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/11/12 5:09 P

The carpet has been cleaned and the comforter is soaking. I'm going to have this challenge finished up soon!

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/11/12 1:20 P

Tried to get to the laundromat several days in a row, but that didn't happen.
Okay, the comforter is going in the bathtub. It's good exercise to wash it by hand anyway. It will fit in my dryer, so drying isn't an issue.

I've brought in the carpet steamer and will clean the carpet this afternoon.

I'm still getting in bed on time and no longer am falling asleep at my desk.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/8/12 7:53 P

Okay, yesterday I took the drapes down and cleaned them. They are back in place and I've gotten all the dust and cobwebs from behind them. I cleaned off my desk as well. I've taken a few things out of my closet. I need to wash my comforter. It's too big for the washing machine so I have to take it to the laundromat or I could wash it by hand in the bathtub like I did last time. Not sure yet.

I've still got some clutter to get rid of, but it's getting better all the time.

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3/6/12 3:21 P

I found your journal very inspiring! I just joined the sleep challenge and this site and am very excited about it all! Good luck with your last step!

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/6/12 2:47 P

Okay, I've just about got this thing licked. My problem was never insomnia, it was more about getting my life organized and getting in bed on time. Participating in the Better Sleep Challenge helped me to focus on getting these things done.

I no longer feel like I have to stay up late to have time to work, play, clean, organize, etc. I can just as easily get these things done during the day and sleep at night. I now see sleep as a part of my healthful lifestyle. It's just as important as eating well and exercising.

I have one last step to complete and then I'll feel as though I've done my best with this challenge. That last step is that I want to completely clean my room. I want the closet cleaned out. I want the carpet cleaned. I want the drapes cleaned. I want the room to be the most awesome and inviting place it can be. That's my goal for this week.

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3/3/12 11:31 A

I like this Dr Weil Site for sleep suggestions:
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02037/sle
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PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
3/2/12 11:28 P

I've gotten into the habit of not staying up late. I'm doing much better about going to bed at a reasonable time.

I've just started Sean Croxton's JERF30 and I'm having a bit of the "carb flu". That has kept me from sleeping very well for the last two nights, but it seems to be getting better now.

My dreams have changed immensely since starting JERF30 and getting more sleep. I never really thought about how diet and sleep might affect dreams. I'm going to need to try to research this.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/27/12 9:37 A

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Batch cook to save time. Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.
4) Delegate! Josh is being a great help. Having him do more of the kitchen work and laundry is leaving me a lot more time to take care of other things. Don't forget to call on him!

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For the last few days I seem to only be able to sleep 7 hours. This morning at 0600 my allergies got me up - felt like I was starving, too! I think I need to have a bigger evening snack and though I hate to do it, I may take a benedryl tonight before bed. I've done everything else I can think of to help my allergies.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 57,938
2/25/12 12:12 P

My brother had trouble with not being able to sleep, so we did some research and learned:

Never nap during the day if you can't sleep at night no matter how sleepy you get in the daytime.
Don't listen to music or read in bed. Turn off the lights and wear a mask and never turn the lights on during the night even if you stay awake all night long.
Don't drink anything after about 6 pm, so you won't have to get up to use the bathroom during the night.
Don't get out of bed even if you are awake all night, because IF you do fall asleep you are in the bed.
Sleep alone if the other person rolls around, snores, is hot, or does ANYTHING that keeps you from sleeping. A sleep cycle needs to be established.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/25/12 12:05 P

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Batch cook to save time. Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.
4) Delegate! Josh is being a great help. Having him do more of the kitchen work and laundry is leaving me a lot more time to take care of other things. Don't forget to call on him!

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I'm close to the end of week 2 I think, and I am doing much better.
I've stopped staying up so late and I'm getting quite a bit more sleep. I slept well last night. Woke up once for a bathroom break, woke up for a moment when the power went out, and woke up once because of the dog. I was able to go right back to sleep all three times and I slept in just a little besides.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/24/12 11:55 A

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Batch cook to save time. Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.
4) Delegate! Josh is being a great help. Having him do more of the kitchen work and laundry is leaving me a lot more time to take care of other things. Don't forget to call on him!

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I lost over an hour of sleep last night because my allergies woke me up.
At least I am doing much better now about going to bed on time and managing my time better.
Hopefully I'll get a nap today!

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/22/12 11:58 A

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Batch cook to save time. Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.
4) Delegate! Josh is being a great help. Having him do more of the kitchen work and laundry is leaving me a lot more time to take care of other things. Don't forget to call on him!

This going well and I am getting more sleep. I'm getting in the habit laying down at 2300 and sleeping until 0700 during the week. I was really sleepy yesterday evening and a little sleepy this morning, but I'm not struggling to stay awake during work.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/19/12 7:22 P

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Batch cook to save time. Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.
4) Delegate! Josh is being a great help. Having him do more of the kitchen work and laundry is leaving me a lot more time to take care of other things. Don't forget to call on him!

Wow. I can't believe how much I have gotten done this week. It's been a great week at work. I'm getting a little more sleep. I've got the ice box stocked with all sorts of healthful food - some already cooked and ready to go so I save a lot of time.

I'm adjusting really well and I'm not struggling to stay awake like I was about a week ago.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/18/12 1:08 P

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Batch cook to save time. Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.

Doing great, actually got 8 hours of sleep last night.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/17/12 12:48 A

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.


I did use a timer yesterday and made some great soup.
I got to bed on time last night....

and drum roll please...

I even got in a 45 minute nap today!

This is so gonna work!

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/15/12 1:06 P

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing and GAL stuff.
3) Use a timer when I'm cooking so I can cook while I work and not worry about burning anything.

I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night!
I used my time pretty well this morning. I caught myself Sparking before 1000 and I stopped and got to work on a new case I just rcvd.
I'm going to have to really stay on top of this goal and manage my time very well if I am to get the sleep I need.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/14/12 4:58 P

My plan for getting more sleep:

1) Do my Sparking after 1000. The time before 1000 (work) needs to be reserved for errands and household chores.
2) Use time between calls for light cleaning / organizing.

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Okay, I used my time as wisely as possible this morning before work. I had to run down to the courthouse and I used what time I had left to clean up the kitchen some. I didn't get it done, but I got a lot done.

After I finished my lunch, I used that time to work on the kitchen a little more.

Lately I've been doing some batch cooking and that is really a time saver. I'm going to continue with that, so I put on a big pot of home made veggie soup before I got back to work.

I cleaned my office between phone calls this morning, so that is done.

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Note to self: Use a timer! I just scorched my soup beyond all repair. If I'm going to multitask, I'm going to have to be very conscientious about it.

Edited by: PRIMALMICHAEL at: 2/14/2012 (18:36)
PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/14/12 11:37 A

Let's just cut to the chase here. I think these questions are for folks who don't know why they aren't getting enough sleep. I know why I'm not getting enough sleep and it isn't stress or what I had for an evening snack. It's the fact that I'm a single parent who works a split shift 7 days a week.

I got 6 and a half hours sleep last night.

I get off work at 2200 and I need to be asleep by 2300. That is just not likely.
I have to get up at 0700 to get the kid off to school. I don't have time during the day for naps, so night time is all I got for sleep time.

Last night I got off work at 2200 like normal. My son and I had to put the finishing touches on his girlfriend's Valentines gift. I'm in bed around 2330. My dog woke me up at 0100 slinging her head around. I hadn't noticed anything unusual during the day, but now, at 0100 its pretty obvious that she had an ear infection. I doctor it up and finally get back to sleep just before 0200. I get up at 0700.

This is just the way it is sometimes. My challenge is not to overcome insomnia or figure out why I am not sleeping. My challenge is to try to find ways to get everything done so that when I get off work I can just go to bed.

I get the kid to school at 0800, I'm at work at 1000. Between 0800 and 1000 is when I clean house, run errands, and play around on line. Between 1300 and 1400 I have lunch hour. I'm off work at 1700 to cook dinner, help out with homework, spend time with my son, work out etc. I'm back at work at 2000. The only difference in on Sunday night. I don't have a late shift on Sunday night. I'm off at 1700 and the rest of the day is mine.

So from this point on, I'm going to dedicate my journal to helping me find ways to be more efficient so that I can get to bed on time.

1) Since I can be online while I am at work, I need to be saving my Sparking until after 1000.

PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/13/12 11:10 A

1. What time did you get up today?
0700

2. How long did it take you to fall asleep last night?

about 5 minutes

3. How many times did you wake up during the night? (Include times you woke up and how long you stayed awake.)

got up twice for a restroom break - went right back to sleep

4. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night?

about 6 and a half

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2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep?

3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine?

4. What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight?

5. Did you exercise today?

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No

7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? My usual coffee

8. Did you take any medications? Just usual Rx

9. Did you take any naps today? No

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?



11. How hungry did you feel today? (1- Not hungry, 2- Normal hunger, 3- Strong hunger, 4- Extreme hunger)



12. How awake did you feel today? (1- Exhausted, 2- Somewhat tired, 3- Fairly alert, 4- Wide awake)


13. How irritable did you feel today? (1- Calm, 2- Slightly annoyed, 3- Moderately irritable, 4- Highly irritable)



PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/12/12 11:16 A

1. What time did you get up today?
0730

2. How long did it take you to fall asleep last night?

about 30 minutes

3. How many times did you wake up during the night? (Include times you woke up and how long you stayed awake.)

once at 0130 bathroom break then right back to sleep
woke up at 0730, bathroom break then tried to go back to sleep - laid in bed until 0800 then got up

4. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night?

about 8 hours 15 minutes

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2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 0000

3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? turn down the bed, meditate

4. What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? soup with turkey

5. Did you exercise today? P90X legs and back

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No

7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? My usual coffee 6 cups

8. Did you take any medications? Just usual Rx and an allergy pill

9. Did you take any naps today? No

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?

Virtually no stress at all today, a lot of work to do tomorrow, but not really stressful

11. How hungry did you feel today? (1- Not hungry, 2- Normal hunger, 3- Strong hunger, 4- Extreme hunger)

strong hunger after I worked out

12. How awake did you feel today? (1- Exhausted, 2- Somewhat tired, 3- Fairly alert, 4- Wide awake)

Fairly alert today, much easier to stay awake today than it has been lately

13. How irritable did you feel today? (1- Calm, 2- Slightly annoyed, 3- Moderately irritable, 4- Highly irritable)

calm, easy day - very productive

Edited by: PRIMALMICHAEL at: 2/13/2012 (02:48)
PRIMALMICHAEL Posts: 3,846
2/12/12 12:33 A

This is for the Better Sleep Challenge

1. What time did you wake up today? 0730

2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 2230

3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? turn down the bed, meditate

4. What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? oatmeal w honey,raisins

5. Did you exercise today? P90X yoga this morning

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No

7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? My usual coffee 5 cups

8. Did you take any medications? Just usual Rx

9. Did you take any naps today? No

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?

Almost no stress at all today, anticipating an easy day tomorrow

11. How hungry did you feel today? (1- Not hungry, 2- Normal hunger, 3- Strong hunger, 4- Extreme hunger)

normal hunger

12. How awake did you feel today? (1- Exhausted, 2- Somewhat tired, 3- Fairly alert, 4- Wide awake)

Every time I eat, I become incredibly sleepy

13. How irritable did you feel today? (1- Calm, 2- Slightly annoyed, 3- Moderately irritable, 4- Highly irritable)

nice and calm

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Edited by: PRIMALMICHAEL at: 2/12/2012 (11:11)
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