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New Years Resolution: Get More Sleep, Wake Up Earlier

I read somewhere that it takes 22-24 days to develop a habit. So in theory, I should be able to create a new habit for myself by the end of January, and keep it going from there on out. What do I need to resolve?  My sleeping pattern. I hate to admit it, but there were days last year where I wouldn’t get up until 1PM. Those days would have been preceded by all-nighters, where I wouldn’t hit my pillow until 5AM, and that’s something I want to fix too. By getting a good night’s sleep, I’m hoping to improve my health, my work and family time. My biggest beef for starting life late every day is that I don’t get to hang with my family when they’re finished their work/school, and may only get an hour’s worth of time spent with them, generally when we’re all having dinner. I also feel like my work here, and elsewhere online is affected by not keeping similar office hours to when everyone else is working as well.  So, here’s my plan.

Improving My Sleep Plan

  1. It’s generally accepted that a person needs to have 6.5 to 9 hours of sleep to function during the day. So, whenever I choose to get my sleep, I need to make sure to get 8 hours of it.  Right now, I’m thinking the best time for me to sleep is between 10:30PM and 6:30AM.New Year's Resolution: Set the alarm, to get better sleep.
  2. These hours are going to happen everyday. If I want to be able to sleep/wake at a specified time, I can’t let things slip on the weekend.
  3. Handheld devices, smartphones and tablets, must be off or out of reach for those 8 hours. Same goes for any books, which makes me sadder than shutting down my phone.  Some smartphones have an app that allow you to block all calls/messages, except from a specified list (in case of emergencies,) such as Do Not Disturb, and Nights Keeper. The trick is to have the phone far enough to not be tempting to use when you’re supposed to be sleeping, but close enough to hit the alarm when it goes off in the morning!A Better Sleep: Lock away all the things that would keep you awake!
  4. Breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, and I frequently miss it, especially when waking up at 1PM. With a 6:30AM start to every day, I’m going to make breakfast my first order of business, to give myself a task that will hopefully get me going (and keep me going) for the long day ahead.A Better Sleep: Eat breakfast to keep you going all day!
  5. Find a better mattress. Ours suck, its lumpy, and I tend to wake up sore, but this will be a long term goal. I plan to budget for us to get a new mattress by July.

Here’s to a new year, and a new us!  Did you make a resolution for 2016? Would love to hear what you intend to resolve!

Living in Superman’s Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, squees over comic art, hunts down the nerdiest places to visit and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction. Read More…

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9 Comments on “New Years Resolution: Get More Sleep, Wake Up Earlier

Jennifer Hunt
January 4, 2016 at 8:37 am

Sleep is so important, I am a HUGE crank pot if I don’t sleep LOL.

The photo of the croissant with chocolate inside made me drool.. HA HA… evil!

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Aeryn Lynne
January 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

Oh that chocolate croissant sandwich is definitely all kinds of evil, lol! It’s why I had to share after finding it last night, heh! :p

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AnnMarie Brown
January 4, 2016 at 8:39 am

These are good resolutions. I found over the holidays we were staying up later and getting out of bed later. Not good but today is Monday back to reality and waking up at 4:45am again. I get more done in the morning then any other time of day.

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Aeryn Lynne
January 4, 2016 at 8:49 am

4:45AM!!! I needed to let that sit for a minute before responding, lol. I can’t even.

While I’m apparently a recovering-night-owl, Jay willfully wakes up around 5AM to get ready for work. He too had his sleep schedule messed with over the holidays and it took its toll by not sleeping much over the past few days. I think he looked forward to this morning so that he could get back on schedule, lol!

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Kelly @ City Mom
January 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

I see why you want to make a more regular schedule. Sleep is the be all and end all of my ability to function. If I don’t get enough, everything else just falls apart! Best of luck!

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Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel
January 4, 2016 at 11:50 am

Sleep is a hard one for me too. I stay up late working and have to get up early to take the boys to school. Love these suggestions – will try to join you!

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Randa @ TBK
January 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

I made a whole whack of goals this year for myself. Sleep is one of them, and I need to stop going on Pinterest at bedtime. I have many habits I need to form this year, but little by little I will get there.

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Ann BAcciaglia
January 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I need to follow these tips! I often go to bed at 2 am and get up at 11 am. I like to work during the night but I hate sleeping so late during the day. It gets dark so early now!

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Aeryn Lynne
January 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Yeah, I think that’s part of the issue for me too. Depending on when we get up after working so hard overnight, you hardly get any sun before it sets again at this time of year! <3

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