Sleeping Challenge Failure

I hoped by now I would have enough of a routine to be able to fall asleep at 10 and wake up at 6 feeling great. That hasn't happened. I've been struggling with not being able to fall asleep, having weird dreams that wake me up, waking up in the middle of the night without being able to fall back asleep easily and needing more sleep after 6am. This challenge has made me feel extra guilty as I'm not able to fall asleep as well as the regular issue of not feeling well when I don't sleep great.

While my goal is still to go to bed roughly at 10pm and get up at 6am for work, I don't think that I should set a strict wake up time on the weekends. While my goal would be sleeping between 10pm and 6am, what I really want is 8 hours of sleep. If I can achieve that, I would be pleased.

I'm running into issues like insomnia, repeatedly waking up during the night, trouble falling asleep, forgetting to stop reading at 9:30, and doing chores/writing/reading/hobbies entirely too late if I don't get home early enough. I'm not sure quite what to focus on, mostly because I'm pretty tired right now.

I think I'll focus on two things:

  1. Being sure I get 8 hours of sleep on the weekend nights regardless of bedtime.
  2. Being sure I go to bed at 9:30 and stop reading at that time on weeknights.

That second one will be more difficult, especially if I don't get home by 6pm. Having less than 3 hours between getting home and going to bed when subtracting cooking and eating dinner just feels like the time I have to myself is too little.

One of my friends suggested I pick up some melatonin. I tried that a few years ago and it didn't seem to help, but I'll try it again to see if it makes a difference. I had a sleep aid last night, and while I was able to stay asleep, I'm currently groggy and sleepy. Hopefully I'll feel better after I finish my second cup of coffee.


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