The Sleep Challenge: How Did I Do?


 

Tired of, er, being tired, I set myself a challenge last month to get eight hours of sleep or more for four weeks and see if I felt like a new and improved woman. Well those four weeks have flown by, and I promised to let you know how I got on. So did I sleep like a log, party like an animal, or count sheep all night? Well…
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.
I didn’t always manage to get the full eight hours that I was after. I remember for the first few days, I’d go to bed at a decent hour with the best of intentions – and then toss and turn as I tried to get to sleep. Either that or I’d stay up talking to the lovely Mr.D.

 

And the really bad news is that there were a couple of weekends (especially the long weekend) where I was very naughty! And there were a couple of week nights were I probably got my usual five to six hours of sleep.
Oh dear. Slapped wrist for me!
Now here comes the good part.
Although there were some nights where I did get the full eight hours, I’d say that on average I managed about seven and a half hours most nights which isn’t bad for someone who barely used to get any sleep at all and would walk into work a total zombie who could only be revived by the sweet taste of caffeine (and lots of it!)
And has it made a difference? Hell yes it has!
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I sprang out of bed every morning, but it definitely wasn’t a struggle either. I looked and felt a lot less tired and there was no need to plaster on the make-up so another plus point is that I no longer looked like a toby jug! I’ve also noticed that my skin appears to be so much better and healthier, and even without the make-up, I definitely look a lot less haggard and, dare I say it, a little more youthful!
I felt more alert and my performance at work had improved. There were actually some days where I didn’t really need my morning cappuccino which I had previously  depended on to help me open my eyes and could have forgone it if I wanted to – but hey, it’s one of my few simple pleasures in life so I went ahead and indulged. And outside of work, I feel as though I got a lot more done – especially in terms of blogging which is great.

 

However I think it’ll take a few months of early nights before I see an improvement in my memory – if at all!
So I didn’t quite meet the challenge of eight hours, I’m disappointed to say, but I got closer than I thought I would. Best of all, I’ve experienced for myself the great benefits of a good night’s kip  – I look tons better and feel more energetic – and that’s something I don’t want to give up ( the days where I only got my once usual five hours sleep, I felt even more rotten than I had done before  so I’m definitely getting used to more sleep.) So I will be aiming to get, at the very least, a minimum of seven and a half hours sleep from now on, especially as from next month I will be starting work earlier than normal which means I’m going to have to get up extra early.
I’m totally thrilled that I did this challenge. I’ve (almost) gotten rid of a bad habit, and experienced lots of positives – with the only drawback being that I’m now going to be the one slumped in a corner at parties come eleven o’clock – I suppose I’m just going to have to blame it on the shandies!

 

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Posted on May 11, 2015, in My Wish List and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Good results, Mrs. D. Feeling better and looking better. Two for two in my book. 🙂

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  2. I really like the idea of this challenge. I need it. I could go to bed earlier every night but feel like I “deserve” my fix of 2 or 3 episodes of Blue Bloods to wind down. Terrible habit but I’m afraid I’m addicted. I’m enticed by the fact you noticed better skin and felt better. Maybe I can just watch 1-2 episodes every night 🙂

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    • Thank you for your comment.

      I know exactly what you mean. We can’t all get up, go to work, come home, have dinner and go to bed. What sort of a life would that be? We all need a little ‘me’ time and indulge in things we enjoy.

      The problem was I also needed a little ‘sleep time’ too and it was a question of getting the balance right, and I think I’ve almost got it right.

      But yes, I have noticed the benefits so I’d like to continue with this – especially as my boss informed me this morning that I will be starting at an earlier time a lot sooner than I had expected, so I definitely need to be on top form.

      And yes – I’m sure 1-2 episodes per night is ideal! 🙂

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