Happy New Year and my Sleep Update

Jan 03

Happy New Year and my Sleep Update

Hello, everyone, and welcome to 2011!! I’m so excited for what it will bring. I sense a whole new energy on the horizon that hints of great things to come – how about you?

Best of all, it’s the first Monday of the New Year, and I LOVE Mondays (yeah, I know, I’m weird….) so I’m pumped and buzzed about jumping in and getting started.

First of all, the promised update from my sleep experiment a couple of weeks back:

Day 1 – Monday

Made it through the day without too much difficulty, though I wasn’t much good for heavy thinking! I was able to attend a training program in the evening for a mentoring project I’m doing, and even drive home without incident or falling asleep. Got to bed on time, but found myself truly fighting the whole idea of getting up early the next day. Not sure if I can do this…
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Day 2 – Tuesday

Woke up to an odd beeping sound, and discovered that several of my alarms/notifications were beeping (thankfully “silently” in my sleepphones so it wasn’t disturbing Tom, who is an insomniac!) I checked the time: 5:47am. So much for an early start!! I decided to simply run the rest of the day (naps included) as if I had gotten up early. Managed to get through my day, but my eyes are burning…
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Day 3 – Wednesday

Heard my alarms at 2:00, but could not muster the strength to get up. Woke again at 5:30 with our morning radio. I am not sure I can do this on my own. Thinking of revamping the actual schedule, and starting with something a little less formidable. I am looking into starting a biphasic rhythim (Siesta) to start with. That will still give me a couple of extra hours. Once I have it mastered, I can then slowly drop an hour and add a nap every few months or so until I’m where I want to be. Let’s how that works for me. I’m going to do some research and scheduling today after work, and then I’ll give it a shot and see what happens tonight.
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Day 4 – Thurday

Tried getting up again, and failed. If I were on my own I’d simply set an alarm across the room, however, when you share the room with an insomniac, you have to make careful choices., Tonight I’m going to simply sleep. I’m tired and frustrated, and getting no benefit from this experiment at this time. Not giving up yet, just need some rest.
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Day 5 – Friday

Started thinking about helping my cause with some mental exercises – sort of “self suggestion” exercises where I try and convince my mind that it wants to get up, before I even go to bed. I have a book that shows how this is done, but I don’t have the time today to complete the process, so I’ll sleep normally tonight again, and get this up and running tomorrow (Christmas Eve!!!)
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Day 6 – Saturday

Ok, I’ve completed the exercises in my book. We’ll see tonight where this gets us. As a Christmas morning nut, I’m likely to be up at a ridiculous hour anyway, so I’m going to take advantage of that energy, and try again!

The end result was failure, at this point. Still fascinated and committed to the idea, but not sure how to make it work when I’m doing it all by myself. For this kind of thing, having a partner in crime is a huge help! 🙂

However, the experiment has led to some amazing resources and information about sleep. GREAT stuff. I’m taking time to do some real research and then I’ll see if there’s a way to get this going again in my life. I am currently doing several extra shifts for Gymboree, so this isn’t a good time to try again. Possibly during my holidays in the Spring…

I thought I’d take a moment here to share some of those resources with you, in case you have difficulty sleeping.

  1. pzizz…the patented audio system guaranteed to help you: solve sleep problems, boost daytime energy, reduce stress” This is available either as a machine, or as an iPod app. The app is MUCH cheaper. I have both the napping one and the nighttime sleep apps. They are great. Deep relaxation very quickly, NLP messages that retrain your mind to sleep. Here’s the link for the Nap App and here’s the one for night time
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  3. Power Nap Sounds This is a daily podcast that gives you a new recording every day for a 20 minute power nap. You can get three different forms of background music – classical, nature, or electronic. Personally, I prefer the electronic sounds. Works similar to Pzizz, but you’re restricted to 20 minutes.
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  5. GoLight This is the small, portable light therapy device I used to reprogram my waking times. It’s great for dealing with SAD, and it’s incredibly easy to use. It also works in multiple countries, which is important for us!
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  7. Powerful Sleep This ebook has a terrific amount of great information about sleep and how to overcome insomnia. Lots of good resources here, and fascinating information. This is one of two primary resources I’ve been using to research sleep. This is a very accessible resource for sleep in general.
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  9. Take a Nap! Change Your Life! This is the second of the two primary resources. A fascinating book all about the benefits of napping, and how to time your nap to get exactly what you need. Very, very interesting, and very easy to read. I highly recommend it.
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    So, that’s it for today! Looking forward to experiencing a 2011 full of health, strength, energy, and vibrance – how about you?

    Darlene

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