I did it! Its hard to believe I went from staying up until at least 4am for a month straight, to going to bed progressively earlier all the way to 11pm last night!
I definitely wouldn’t have stuck with this challenge if it weren’t for blogging about it. My pride doesn’t like to see me publicly fail like that.
I knew that if I did fail this challenge, it would be because of mental blocks. Like not wanting to go to bed. A sleep challenge like this is pretty easy. In fact, I set it up to be ridiculously easy, because I weaned myself down from 5am to 11am over a week and a half period.
Had this been a physical challenge, I wouldn’t be so hard on myself. But one of my biggest personal flaws is that I lack self-discipline. And if I had failed this challenge, it would have been completely because of that.
So successfully completing this challenge has been a deposit into my personal bank account – meaning that its one more time where I have successfully given myself the gift of an improvement in myself. An investment in myself and my health. And, another deposit was that I stuck with something for a week and a half! That might not sound like long, but any little bit helps when you’re someone like me who tends to get bored easily and want to move on to the next thing. The fact that I was able to stick with a job for almost a year was a big accomplishment. My others only lasted about 4 months, and I have been to four colleges and dropped out of college three times.
But enough about all that. Instead I will focus on the present, and how I have done my sleep challenge, made two deposits because of it, and also bettered myself and improved my health in the process.
The biggest reason for my success with this challenge was waking up early to exercise. This is two-fold: the first was waking up at a consistent time every morning. From what I’ve heard, having morning consistency helps one fall asleep more easily at night. That’s why its counterproductive to sleep in on the weekends, so they say.
Secondly, exercising. I hadn’t been exercising at all until right around the time I started this challenge. Its made me feel more awake and energized, and encouraged me to eat a healthy lunch afterwards and even say no to some desserts! (One day I was offered a brownie by two different people two different times in the same day! And I said no to both . …Although I did have one the next day, haha.) I started making green power smoothies again, and big salads for lunch. I’ve also had a lot of fun working out because I’m doing it with a buddy and I’m wearing cute outfits. So I’ve been excited to wake up earlier each morning because I know I get to exercise! (I can’t believe I’m saying that but I’m so glad I am!!) And its great because, as some of you may recall a post I wrote a week or two ago, I mentioned that I had trouble waking up because I had nothing to do or look forward to that day.
So what now?
I don’t think I like going to bed at 11. It just feels too early. But midnight feels good. Or even 11:30. I think that having a general idea that I want to be in before before midnight might work for me as something to actually stick with. The main thing for me will just to try and not let myself get back into a routine of 1am, 2am, 3am…
What do you do at night to go to sleep early when you’re just not tired?