Progress, of lack thereof.
Here’s one thing I’ve achieved so far in my 2018 resolution to get more sleep: I’ve acquired a fitness tracker with a sleep component that reviewers online seem to like. At the end of Month 1, that’s all I have to report… because I haven’t really used it yet.
Callaghan gave the tracker to me for my birthday. I wanted one, I said, because the tyranny of a device might be the only thing that can hold me accountable. I need to be able to look at the tracker every morning and be dismayed.
I dawdled, deciding on the fitness tracker gift a few weeks post-New Year’s. (My birthday is at the end of December.) I charged it and looked at it and said “I don’t have time to figure this out so I’m going to exchange it” and then grudgingly put it on last night, and this morning I was, indeed, properly dismayed – though not surprised at all – to see that I only got 4:58 hours of sleep. I know that it’s pretty much 5 hours, but seeing the number “4” makes it worse psychologically.
Ironically, it took me a little longer to fall asleep with the fitness tracker around my wrist. I could feel it thrumming, and from that and the tingling sensation in my wrist and hand came a sudden panic that the tracker was going to electrocute my brain during the night.
This is good. This is what I need. I’m failing at sleep, and I’m counting on this fitness tracker to deny me of my denial.
Changing an ingrained bad habit is one of the hardest things to do. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have New Year’s resolutions, right? Generally speaking?
Incidentally, I decided to wear the tracker at the gym this morning, just to see. Clearly, I need to do more studying to learn about this device. There’s no way you can burn 852 calories doing a Les Mills BodyPump class, is there? I did nothing else while wearing the tracker this morning. I put it on immediately before picking up my barbell, and removed it immediately after the cool-down. 852 calories doesn’t sound right. The Les Mills website says that you can burn “up to 560 calories” during BodyPump! I don’t know how the tracker is coming up with 852.
That aside (I didn’t get the tracker for actual fitness tracking, though I will wear it to BodyCombat, too, also out of curiosity), I do trust that using the tracker will motivate me to get to bed earlier.
Here’s to the beginning of Month 2!
4 thoughts on “Failing at sleep. (New Year’s Resolution progress.)”
I struggle with sleep as well… I’ve gone to therapy, classes on insomnia, pain, nutrition, etc… I exercise daily (because that really does help), I changed jobs (to something less stressful), and stopped drinking alcohol (because just one drink is all it takes to ruin my sleep 😦 … And still I struggle. I’ve entertained using a FitBit just to track my sleep, because I’m interested in the pattern of my heart rate while sleeping. Kaiser has encouraged me that it is better to get a big block of deep sleep, than to sleep longer. I did a “sleep training” class at Kaiser… pretty interesting… I’m currently sleeping about 5 hours/night, but with a lot less tossing and turning… I’ve given up the hope/dream/expectation that I will get 8+ hours of sleep like most people… but I do hope that in my old age I might sleep more! Something to look forward to!
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and Happy Birthday!!
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You’re an inspiration, as always! Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m glad to know that your quality of sleep has improved with Kaiser’s “sleep training” class. Maybe I should look into the possible availability of something like that around here. Thank you for your comment, and I’m sorry that it took me a while to find it. *hugs*
Thank you, Kathleen!! =) ❤