At the end of last year, I won the Jawbone Up Move fitness tracker from a giveaway hosted by Wendy at takinglongwayhome. One of the reasons I was so excited about this win was because the Jawbone tracks sleep.
Daily, I wake up feeling tired and get EXHAUSTED throughout the day. As a light and minimum sleeper, I have always wanted to track my sleep to help me to make better sleep choices, get into better sleep patterns and routines to improve the quality of my sleep.
In college, I developed migraines due to stress and extremely poor sleeping habits and I have been afraid of developing them again due to poor sleeping habits.
I consciously try to set realistic bedtimes and try to turn my brain off at night to allow for some good quality sleep. This is a work in progress for me.
These articles on the importance of quality sleep are a good read and very informative:
The Jawbone UP Move when connected to the App provides a nightly look at your sleep.
Here is mine from last night:
What do you notice? For me I notice that I was in bed for 7 hrs and 49 minutes…that is pretty good for me actually. I also notice that I actually slept for 7 hrs and 38 minutes…that too is pretty good for me. Some good quality sleep right there!!
What I notice most is the amount of light sleep versus the amount of sound sleep. This actually makes total scene to me because I felt like I was very active and mildy awake a lot during the night last night.
What is Light Sleep?
Light sleep is the term for sleep that falls into the categories stage 1 and stage 2. It’s a Non-REM form of sleep and differs from heavy (deep) sleep of stage 3. Stage 1 makes up a small fraction of total sleep time (about 3%) and is mainly a transition between waking and Stage 2. Almost all light sleep is stage 2 sleep. Adults spend half (or more) of their nights in light sleep. Light sleep refers to the stages that are associated with more movement.
Sound sleep refers to the moments of sleep when the body is particularly still.
Throughout the night, the body enters different stages of sleep which are associated with more or less movement. Sound sleep refers to the sleep stages that are associated with less movement.
My goal is to have more nights where my hours of sound sleep are higher than the hours of light sleep. A work in progress that I will keep working on!
I know that for me when I don’t get enough quality sleep, I am:
-overall a not so nice person whom I do not like 😦
So, I have set out to get more quality sleep each night!
My goal is to get at least 7 hrs of quality sleep each night.
-Get in the bed by 10 pm
-No phone/computer ,etc. in the bed
-Read until 10:20 or until I get sleepy
-Lights out and sleep mask on by 10:30.
I know if I follow this plan, I will have many nights of good quality sleep that will allow me to be more productive, happier and more pleasant!
How are your sleeping habits? Do you get sound quality sleep at night? Any tips for me?
Linking up with Wednesday Word hosted by Deb.
Today’s word: Quality
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