The problem with competing against yourself..

Wellness Wednesday:

Week 2 Recap of Sleep Goals

First, let’s make that previous target more specific:* average 8 hrs’ sleep

Second, methods:

  • Getting off my phone a bit beforehand, switching to reading a book or staring blankly at the roku tv.
  • Rescheduled watching Vikings to dinnertime.
  • Start reading a book on sleep for more ideas based on the science behind it (see text excerpt standing in for this week’s feature photo).
  • Covered the little green lights that blare from my Fitbit and jar me awake occasionally. This worked for one night’s sleep and then I couldn’t bear to part with the data it collects via heart rate to tell if I’m asleep.
  • STill in process: change iPhone bedtime to 10:15pm, then 10, then 9:45 (gradually over 6 days) to see when it tells me to start going to sleep. Maybe it’s been telling me too early.
  • Getting some sun

Data Points (according to Fitbit data):

The secret to sleep is getting sick and needing more sleep. :p

All 2016 Average: 7 hr

Pre-experiment Week 0: 7h12min (while on vacation, i.e. includes random gluts of sleeping in)

Week 1 (1/8-1/14): 7h 23min,  asleep starts ranging from 10:21 to 11:46pm

Week 2 (1/15 – 1/20): 7h 50 min, asleep starts ranging from 8:51 to 11:59pm, mostly in the 10:20 area

Week 2: closer to target sleep time than week 1.

Success? Yes…ish.

Week 2 Drawback: caught a cold, back tweaked out again, so need even more sleep.

The problem with competing against yourself is that you can keep moving the goal post forward, and it can be difficult to ever declare victory. Exhausting.

 

Today’s Trial Habit-Shift Rating:

Novelty Rating: 

Lessons Learned:

  • Nothing like catching a cold to help you get more needed sleep. First my spouse, and now me.
  • On the other hand, my exercise activity is barely staying above my 3h45min per week threshold (from a previous year’s improvement project), what with back pain + having a cold. Hopefully this will even out..

Likelihood of Repeat: indeterminate. Maybe I just don’t care about this goal and that’s why it’s eluded me for years..

*SMART Objectives, per business school jargon: it’s best to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

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