Do you struggle to fall asleep? Do you fall asleep when your head hits the pillow, but wake between 2 and 4 a.m.? Do you feel rested when your alarm wakes you? Do you experience brain fog most mornings?
In a study in partnership with the National Institutes of Health and Public Good Project, National Geographic Channel did a sleep study in 2014. Over 50% of the people said they need at least 8 hours of sleep, but at least two-thirds said they don’t get enough sleep. If you are in that majority, and you aren’t getting enough sleep, there are many things you can do about it. Develop a bedtime ritual, stop caffeine intake early in the day, sleep in the dark, sleep in a cool room, eat well, reduce sugar and more.
However the first thing to do is develop a consistent bedtime and wake-up time. Your body craves consistency in eating and movement in order to operate at its best. Consistency in sleeping is no different. Your body needs the routine to “know” when to sleep and when not to sleep.
In order to develop a consistent night-time, it starts in the morning. I used to be a “night owl”, or so I thought. I seemed to get my second wind around 9:30 p.m. I couldn’t fall asleep anyway, so I stayed up way past midnight thinking I was getting “me” time and a lot done. I would wake to the alarm around 7:30 or 8. Several snooze hits later I would drag myself out of bed. I felt horrible. The brain fog made me moody and lethargic. I would sit and browse the web, not really doing anything, just trying to wake up. I hated it. I felt like the day got away from me, and it was half over before I even began.
Then a few years ago I decided that I wanted to be awake earlier. Three reasons. 1) My husband left at 6:15 a.m. and I wanted to give him a hug before he left. 2) I wanted to have that productive feeling of the early morning. 3) I wanted to be up and ready to go before my kids were ready for homeschooling.
I decided to get up a the same time for a month.
By the end of the month, I felt like there were benefits. I enjoyed my morning hug before my husband headed off to work. I liked that I was sleeping better. But I wasn’t sure I really felt more energetic in the mornings, yet. I wasn’t sure I was more productive in the morning compared to the evening. It seemed like I was more energetic and productive, so I decided to continue for another month to find out. If at the end of that time I really didn’t like it, I would try something else.
Within 45 days I absolutely knew this was going to be what I did in my life. I was consistently going to bed between 10 and 10:30 p.m. I was falling asleep relatively quickly. I was waking up before my alarm set at 5:55 a.m.
The best part was I was waking without brain fog. I felt rested in the mornings. My mind was clear. I could function like a human being immediately upon waking. Even on weekends, I loved getting up early and getting an early start on my day. It changed the way I treated my boys and my husband. It changed the way I looked at life.
How about you? Are you ready to change your health and life? Are you up for a 28 day Consistent Sleep Schedule Challenge?
I dare you, try the 28 day challenge and see how it changes your life. What do you have to lose?
Go to the FREE 28 Day Consistent Sleep Schedule Challenge page to sign up. You will begin to receive emails immediately to prepare for the challenge that starts 7 days after you sign up, receive encouragement through emails from me, and conquer your sleep schedule.
EDIT: The 28 Day Consistent Sleep Schedule Challenge is no longer available.