As you know I’m participating in the One Week to Better Sleep Challenge and last night our first assignment was to go to bed at a set time (one we commit to for the whole week) and then make the bedroom cool (70 degrees or so) and as dark as possible. All of these things are designed to help you sleep better (something I SO need) but I slept miserably because I broke nearly all the rules. I meant well but no matter how hard I tried it seemed as though I was doomed to fail.
Mistake 1: My set bed time was supposed to be 11pm but I realized it was almost midnight when I was still blogging away on today’s posts. Oops! Mistake 2: We bought the blackout curtains over the weekend to help keep the street lamp light from sneaking into our bedroom windows but we never bought the rod or installed it. So when I finally went to bed a little after midnight, there I lay distracted by the usual glare. Mistake #3: I turned the room temperature down to 70 degrees (a big departure from the usual cozy 80 degrees I like in the winter) but then woke up in the middle of the night freezing because The Man and The Dog had stolen all of the covers and I get cold very easily. Afraid to break the rules of the challenge I grabbed a giant thermal blanket instead of just turning up the heat. When I woke up I was dripping in sweat, my hair was a disaster and I felt like crap.
So there you have it folks. Night one was a bust. Perhaps tonight I’ll do better. The rules are: “Do not consume alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine, at least three hours before bed.” I’m craving some late night coffee right about now but I shall resist in the name of a good night’s sleep. Stay tuned!
If you’re participating in the challenge also, say “hey” in the comments section.