Ideal Bedtime: 11 pm
Actual Bedtime: 1 am
Bedtime Routine: I stayed up a little later tonight to watch a movie with my family. I got ready for bed around 10 pm. I took a bath, washed my face and brushed my teeth. We watched a movie. After the movie was over I got in bed and fell asleep almost immediately.
I slept in and when I woke up I felt rested and motivated. I did not feel sick when I woke up and my sore throat went away. I was able to get everything that I needed to get done and had plenty of energy. Things are looking up!!!
Bedtime Routine: Well again I was in bed almost on time. This time no melatonin. I was still very tired so I got ready for bed and fell asleep right away.
I woke up this morning with a sore throat. I really hope I am not getting sick. I felt very well rested and had plenty of energy to get everything done that I needed to get done today. This was a welcome change, because I have felt really tired lately.
Ideal Bedtime: 11pm
Actual Bedtime: 11pm
Bedtime Routine: I took 5mg of melatonin again and I was exhausted. I barely had the energy to get ready for bed. The good news is I got to bed on time!
Now for the bad news. I was exhausted all day. I mean really tired and groggy. It was pretty bad. I did get everything done that I needed to do but aside from that I was worthless. I will not be taking melatonin again unless I am having a really hard time going to sleep.
Ideal Bedtime: 11pm
Actual Bedtime: 11:50pm
Bedtime Routine: I was actually in bed earlier last night. I laid down from 8:30pm till around 11pm. I woke up wrote for a little while, got ready for bed, took some melatonin and then went to sleep.
I woke up at 10:45am. I was pretty tired when I woke up. I think it was the melatonin. I was able to get up and be pretty productive after hibernating. I am not sure how the rest of my day will go, but I will be sure to post on the melatonin.
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I feel pretty good after my first week of my sleep restoration project. I am really exited about getting back on track. Next week I will work on getting in bed earlier. I have done better with getting enough sleep. The problem is that I am not getting in bed early enough. I have been napping during the day or sleeping in to make up for the hours I am missing at night. Sleeping all day is not a habit I want to start. Below are the total number of hours that I slept each night and the following day.
Night / Day 1: 8 hours
Night / Day 2: 7 hours
Night / Day 3: 10 hours
Night / Day 4: 13 hours
Night / Day 5: 12 hours
Night / Day 6: 10 1/2 hours
Night / Day 7: 13 hours
Total Hours Slept Week 1: 73.5 hours
Ideal Minimum Hours of Sleep Per Week: 56 hours
I slept 17.5 hours more than the minimum hours we must sleep per week. This may seem like a lot, but it is not. I have a lot of making up to do for the major lack of sleep I have had over the past 2 years. This week was definitely a great start. Now, I am going to call my boyfriend to say good night and go to bed.
We all have a sleep account that we must make a deposit in each night. When we do not make a deposit we begin to accumulate debt. Is there a negative balance in your sleep account?
I calculated my sleep account debt and was shocked. I have slept an average of 6 hours a night for the past 2 years, meaning I have slept a total of 4380. Over the past year I should have slept a total of 5840 hours. That means I have a sleep debt of 1460 hours.
The only way to pay back our sleep debt is to sleep. This is the reason we must get enough sleep every night. If we do not get enough sleep one night we need to do our best to make up the hours we missed as soon as possible. Thinking about sleep as a debt that must be repaid has helped me to take sleep more serious. I hope it helps you, as well.
Start by calculating your sleep debt. If you have a negative balance in your sleep account do your best to repay your debt as soon as possible. Maintain your sleep account by evaluating how much you slept through out the week. If you need to make up hours of sleep try to sleep in on the weekend or take a nap.
Sweet dreams 🙂
Ideal Bedtime: 11pm
Actual Bedtime: 12:30am
Bedtime Routine: What can I say I didn’t really follow a a bedtime routine yesterday. I stayed up a little later than I have been. I started getting ready for bed a little after midnight. I did some stretches right before I went to bed, because I find that when I sleep in later I always wake up really stiff and sore. I also used my trusty heating pad, which I set on high. Yep that’s right I turned up the heat a little. Of course I had to turn the AC and fan on HIGH too.
I slept well and woke up well rested. I did wake up a little sore this morning, but after stretching I felt much better. I have had plenty of energy today and have been getting things done in a timely manner. I am looking forward to a very productive afternoon.