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Sleep Update

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am making it a goal for September to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  I have actually been working on this one for a while now, since I finally got fed up with feeling so tired all the time.

looking forward to sleep

I’ve been listening to a number of health-based podcasts, and it is surprising how often the topic of sleep comes up as a key to good health.  The general consensus seems to be that adults need somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.  I found this on the web:

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One podcast, “Life in Focus” with Dr. Alessandra Wall & Christopher Browning, actually suggested that teens might need as much as 13 hours of sleep at night, given how much their bodies and brains are growing and changing.  Guess I shouldn’t nag my 16-year-old who could sleep the whole day away  🙂  Seems like he is just letting his body do it’s thing!

Anyways…adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep.  Until I stated focusing on getting more sleep, I averaged somewhere between 6 and 7 hours of sleep.  Getting 7 hours or more was quite rare, and tended to only happen on weekends when I didn’t really have a set time to get up.  Since making a conscious effort to get more sleep (and actually setting an alarm to let me know it’s time to start thinking about going to bed – more on this to come in a future post), I have been doing quite a bit better.  It also helps that we are still in summer vacation mode, and don’t have to get the kids ready for school in the morning, so hubs and I have been sleeping in a bit and not getting up for work as early as we need to during the school year.

Here’s how my last week of sleep looked, as tracked by my Fitbit:

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Not too bad, if I do say so myself!  I hit my 7 hour target all but one night, and even then I came pretty close.  Wednesday I got some bonus sleep, as I was feeling totally run down, and decided after presenting to a client all morning that I was just going to go home and nap instead of going back to the office.  I don’t get to nap that often.  It was awesome and I slept like a rock!  I really should try to squeeze a nap in more often – maybe not a 3 hour nap, but a half hour every once in a while might be nice.

Here is the detail of my sleep.  The lines show times when I was either restless (blue lines) or awake (pink lines):

daily breakdown

Even though I’m hitting my 7 hours, I still have some work to do on my sleep quality.  I seem to wake up at least once very night and some nights I seem to be quite restless.  Not really too sure how to improve the sleep quality.  Guess I will have to hit up Google and do some research.

I’ve got one more week of “summer mode” and then it’s back into “school mode” when I have to get up about an hour earlier than I am now.  Losing that hour will make it challenging to get my 7 hours.  I will just have to make it a priority to get to bed earlier.  That should be interesting!

Do you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night?
Have any tips on how to improve your quality of sleep?

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September Goals

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Hello blogiverse!  Remember me?  I’m your friendly, lack of posts, slacking blogger!

I’ve really been wanting to post, it just hasn’t been happening.  I think I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself to create the perfect blog post, which just stresses me out and in the end, makes it so nothing gets posted.  I am going to try to get over that and let myself just write and post and not worry if it’s perfect or thought-provoking. 🙂

So, this is going to be a quickie post about some goals I am setting for myself for September.  I ended up setting these goals after reading a post by a blogger who I follow who has also been a little slack in the posting department.  You can read the post here, by Cassy at Journey to Awesomehood.  She set some goals for herself that inspired me to do the same.

So, here are my goals for September (I’ll start now, since September is just around the corner – HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?)

My goals:

  1. Get back to blogging 3 times a week.  I know I have said this before, but as I stated earlier, I’m going to cut myself some slack and just blog and not get stressed about the process.  This is supposed to be a fun thing for me to do, and stressing out over a post totally defeats the whole purpose.
  2. Get back on track with eating well and to my macros.  This summer, and August especially, has not been great for my diet – and by diet I don’t mean eating less to lose weight, I mean eating to fuel my body and activities.  I am trying to eat to certain macro targets for fat, carbs and protein based on my current weight and workout levels.  I’ve got MyFitnessPal all set up with my specific targets and I’m entering what I eat (for the most part), but not eating towards my macro goals.  I need to get back on track with that and give the plan a chance so I can actually see the results through changes in my body.
  3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  This one will be hard, but I know if I do it I will feel so much better.  I’ve been listening to a number of health based podcasts, and reading a few books, and they have all been saying the same thing….Sleep is key!  Key to performance levels (both at work and in the gym), key to overall health, and even key to happiness.  I know I don’t get enough sleep and I’m really starting to feel it.  I’m exhausted all the time;  I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning; I’m yawning all the time; I look like crap; and I’m tired of it.  So, my target is 7 hours of sleep a night.  Ideally, it would be even more than that, but I’m going to start with aiming for 7 and go from there.

So, there you have it.  My goals for September.  They have been in my head as things that I need to do for some time, but actually putting them down in writing and getting them out into the world will hopefully make me more accountable and keep me on track.

Have you got any goals for September?

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Spending Saturday on the Lake

i am writing this post as I bob around Sturgeon Lake watching my kids sail in the Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club annual Civic Regatta. 

  
It’s a perfect day for a regatta. A nice mix of sun and cloud with a decent amount of wind. 

  
Our kids are having a great time sailing with their friends and practicing their skills. 

   
 
So far three out of a possible max of 8 races have been completed. 

We will have to wait until prize giving tomorrow night to see how they did overall, but so far between their two boats they’ve gotten a couple of thirds and (if they didn’t get DQ’d for crossing the line early) maybe a second!  

Regardless of how they finish, I’m confident they will have had a great day on the water. 

Life is good!

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