a sleep experiment

Last night JJ and I began a new resolution to go to bed by 10pm (10:30 at the latest).  This is a personal experiment for me.  I figured that if I could give up my morning computer time for six weeks during Lent, I could also make a commitment to go to bed by 10pm until June.  JJ’s also game to try this experiement, too.  This means he has to plan his days better so that his deadlines are met before 1am each night.  He has been feeling the need for more sleep as well, so hopefully he and I will be able to be successful at this experiment together.

You see, both JJ and I returned home from our trip to Wisconsin just utterly exhausted.  Some of it was due to circumstances beyond our control, but we have been overtired for a long time before that trip.  My anxiety problems came back on our trip, and I’ve realized for a while that my anxiety level is directly related to the amount of rest I am getting.  So, it’s either more sleep or … something else to deal with my anxiety.  I think sleep sounds like a good first solution to try.

So, having realized that sleep will positively impact 50% 75% 95 % probably 100% of my health problems, I am resolved to go to bed earlier.  In the past, the desire to stay up after the kids go to bed and have “me time” has kept me up.  But after being inspired by being among my family in Wisconsin, after seing the problems that still come to me from lack of sleep, and after being so tired of being SO TIRED, I’m going to give it a try.  Like I mentioned earlier, since I was successful with my six-week Lenten resolution (so much so that I’m now very choosy about my reasons for going on the internet in the morning), I’m resolved to give this new six-week experiment a try.  And did I mention that I am so tired?

I also think I must be getting old.  I’m no longer feeling the same disdain for sleep that began during my teenage years, blossomed in college, and really took over when I got married and then had a baby.  I always knew I needed sleep, and I knew I felt better when I was well-rested, but there was so much other stuff that I also wanted to do, stuff that cut into sleep time.

But now, I’m ready to give up “me time” in favor of sleep.  And it’s only for six weeks.  It’s an experiment.  And this morning, JJ woke up on his own, before his alarm, at 5:45 a.m.  Wow!  I woke up on my own at 6:45 a.m., also before my alarm.  JJ made breakfast for us this morning, and we ate together leisurely as a family.  I walked Lyd down to school, and she was 15 minutes early!  (Unfortunately, even though we live next door to school, that rarely happens.)  I went for my morning walk with a friend right at 8:30, and now I’m off to take a shower and get a good start to my day.  I still feel a bit anxious and definitely tired, but I have one good night’s sleep in, and hopefully many more are to come.

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Also starting today, JJ has also resolved to eat wheat-free again, at least until June.  Looks like I’ll be making good use of the blog A Year of Crockpotting, as the author of that blog did everything gluten-free in her crockpot.  She’s actually from the Bay Area, from just a few cities north of mine.

Wish us luck!  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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5 thoughts on “a sleep experiment

  1. Hope that the sleep experiment goes well! (Same with the wheat-free cooking!) Glad that you made it back safely from your travels. One of these times I’ll have to catch up with you when you’re in the state. 😉

  2. Thanks, Jackie. I hope so, too.

    I can tell that my anxiety level is just too high lately (not that any level of anxiety is great), but I know that it’s just that my nerves are shot. I’m just so tired, and the feeling is making me not want to stay up at night anymore. I just want to go to bed. I figure if I can make it a priority, above all else, to get to bed earlier at night, and do it for a month, it will be a big help to my health. Hopefully, I start to get some of my enthusiasm for life and willingness to tackle projects back then, too.

    I’ve been to bed on time for 2 nights now, and last night I did make it to bed albeit a little late. But I’ve been falling asleep easily and sleeping well, so hopefully I’ll start feeling some of this anxiety lessen in the next few weeks.

    I know that you of all people understand just how this feels! But I feel like an idiot because I don’t even have a good excuse for being tired, other than that I just don’t want to go to bed. Sigh. But I’m learning my lesson now, I guess.

    ~ Emily

  3. Is it just coinsidence or did you know that it is Correct Posture Month and Better Sleep Month?!? I thought of you when I read that last week! 😉

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