Best Decision I Made
Taking on the 30 Day Sleep Challenge was a last-minute decision. For most adults, getting the recommended 7-9 hours of a sleep doesn’t seem that difficult, but I’ve always been the person who was more productive at night… so even the thought of going to bed before 1:30am seemed impossible.
Especially now that I’m a parent, I procrastinate on personal tasks, pushing them to the hours after my kids have gone to sleep. However, because I’m a mom, these hours are even more limited because I have to maintain a home. But running on EMPTY was taking a toll on me. I needed a change.
As I finished up Day 28, 29, and 30 of the Sleep Challenge, I cannot believe the changes that have easily happened in the past month. I have gotten more sleep than I have had in years. My body adjusted quickly to the new bedtime (12:00pm). I’ve stopped hitting the snooze button. And while I don’t feel more energetic physically, my brain doesn’t feel like a blob sloshing in my head. Sure, our house isn’t spotless (truth: it never was!). There are still dishes in the sink and I haven’t clean laundry I have yet to fold. But I’m still taking care of work that needs to get done, and more importantly… I’m taking better care of me.
1:30am – 9:30am + 5pm cat nap (8 hours), Snooze: 0x
I wish it was a lazy Sunday, but as with most weekend my social calendar is taking my kids to their socializing events. I have no social calendar. This was also the reason for the cat nap I snuck in while the kids played with their cousins.
12:30am – 7:15am (6 hours, 45 minutes), Snooze: 0x
The excitement of the superbowl is the reason I went to bed a little later than usual. But I popped out of bed in the morning. The sun was shining bright and I am ready for this week.
12:00am – 7:15am (7 hours, 15 minutes), Snooze: 0x
My daughter woke me up at 2am asking if I could go lay with her in her bed. I slept walked my way to her bedroom and it was probably better because the husband was snoring up a storm.
So although the Sleep Challenge wasn’t on the top of my list, it was the best decision I made. Now my beloved latte isn’t wishful thinking to improve my day, it’s a reward… which already makes for a better day. Cheers!
My Goals were:
- ✔️sleep at least 7hours a night for 30days, with the ultimate goal to get 8 hours
- The average for the past 30 days was 7.31 hours of sleep a night. 😴
- I can’t get a steady 8 hours because that would leave me with no time to do the things I do when I’m not with the kids 💻
- ✔️finish this challenge as close to 30days as possible
- as a night owl, this challenge was surprisingly easy… probably because I desperately needed it. 🤤
- ✔️eliminate sleep distractions for good
- still laugh at the fact that the simple act of putting my phone in a different room was all it took 👋🏼📱
- ✔️find ways to induce sleep
- didn’t need to. I was so ready for sleep each night 🛌
- ✖️become a better morning person
- that’s a different challenge altogether 😝
Let’s take a look at how my Status Quo has changed:
- My current bedtime is
~1:30am12:00am and I’m up and struggling by 7:30amat ’em at 7:15am.
- I have a
verydifficult 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 [still true. i can’t help it.]
- On weekends, my family let’s me sleep in and I don’t wake up until almost
- I love my bed [or any bed really. i think the major preference is sleeping solo.]
CHALLENGE: SLEEP – ✔️ COMPLETED
Want to read all 30 Days of the Sleep Challenge? View the Overview page HERE