Choosing this next challenge was actually a last minute decision. I had another challenge I really wanted to do, the Spending-Hiatus Challenge, but since the money I spend is usually essentials for my children – the only personal sacrifice I would be making would be my Dunkin Donuts trips. And taking my iced caramel lattes away can prove to be dangerous.
As I spent late hours trying to find a saving/spending/money challenge that made sense, I found myself scouring Google and Pinterest with heavy eyelids. Which made me think – I really need to sleep.
We’ve all heard of the benefits of a full, good night’s rest, but how many of us adults, specifically parents, actually get the recommended 7-9hours? I assure you that this will be a huge challenge for me. I’m a night owl. I get a surge of energy after the kids are settled in for the night, so their after-hours are usually when I take care of tasks I don’t do during the day, like this blog.
The Sleep Challenge post that kept popping up was by OurHeritageOfHealth.com. There isn’t a calendar with daily tasks to fulfill like the previous challenges I’ve done, but it had three simple rules that I can work with: 1) set reasonable goals, 2) reward yourself and 3) do what you need to do to reach those goals.
Before I list my goals, let’s first state my Status Quo:
- My current bedtime is ~1:30am and I’m up and struggling by 7:30am.
- I have a very difficult time falling asleep, unlike my husband who snoozes as soon as his head hits the pillow
- I’m not a morning person. I hit snooze a few times before I finally roll out of bed.
- I usually (accidentally) take power nap when I’m putting my younger one down for his nap
- On weekends, my family let’s me sleep in and I don’t wake up until almost 11:00am
- I love my bed
I have to be aware not to make potential results my goals (like ‘have more energy’, ‘be more focused’, or ‘get better skin’). So My Goals are:
- sleep at least 7hours a night for 30days, with the ultimate goal to get 8 hours
- finish this challenge as close to 30days as possible
- eliminate sleep distractions for good
- find ways to induce sleep
- become a better morning person
Watch this challenge reduce my trips to Dunkin Donuts anyways! How ironic would that be.
Want to read all 30 Days of the Sleep Challenge? View the Overview page HERE