Monday, 16 January 2012

My Sleep Experiment

(Winx with their Pop Pixies camping out (& Kiko the rabbit)) 

Tonight I'm trying an experiment. Most nights I'm fortunate if I sleep 5-6 hours. I either wake up really early (3am onwards), or struggle to get to sleep for a few hours then catch some zzs. 

Recently I've noticed I settle better if I wait until 10.30pm at least before trying to sleep. Last night was a huge whoohoo moment. I know I looked at my phone about 11.10pm. I then wake up to my alarm either just before or after 7pm. Which by my reckoning gave me 7 hours sleep. 7! 7 is allegedly a magical number to some people (not me, I'm not superstitious), but to get that amount of sleep has been rare for the past year. 

Told family the good news, who suggested maybe staying up later would be an idea. This sounds counterproductive, especially as I am mostly sleepy in the evening. But I'm going to give it a go. So tonight I will not go to bed until 11pm (interpret as I will go to bed and read, then sleep at 11pm). I'll do this for a week. If there's no improvement, I'll give up. 

I can be a slow learner, and it has just dawned on me that instead of having several hours writing/editing/gaming/reading, that I break it up into smaller segments (possibly 1 hour segments, although not quite sure). That seems so bitty to me, but it might make a small difference. Will give that a go on a trial basis, but no official experiment - one thing at a time! 

Today's writing: I gave myself just under an hour after work. I collated a few more notes on Doodle Girl, Did a little brain storming with Muse too. 

Reading: I'm getting on with Devon Monk's Magic in the Blood. Methinks it might get finished tonight. 

No TV tonight, so it'll be dvds or reading. Or maybe and reading (which would make my previous reading statement true). We'll see. 

Hope you all get a good night's sleep. It makes all the difference. 


Lisa Shambrook said...

Hope the experiment is working for you! :)

Nayuleska said...

So far, so good :) More updates later.