I’ve been sleeping according to an awake and sleep schedule for a week now. And so far so good. I’m getting more used to the wake up time, and I’m typically in bed by the bedtime time, if not earlier. It’s much harder to stick to the rules over the weekend though. I was up late both Friday and Saturday nights, and Saturday morning I was out of bed by 5 because I think my body was just off.
So adding to my scheduling, I downloaded Sleep Cycle. At it’s most basic, Sleep Cycle is an alarm clock that senses when you’re very asleep and when you’re sleeping lightly, and it will wake you up accordingly. Your smart phone or, in my case iPod, goes face down under your sheet near your pillow. Then, using technology I don’t understand, it tracks your movement. So the app can tell when you sleep deeply and move less. Then, it generates graphs like the one above that can tell when I’m awake or sleeping deeply.
I’ve also been inspired by another Greatist Ambassador Natalie Melchiorre from Body Aide who working on her sleep too. She keeps a spreadsheet log in addition to her Sleep Cycle graphs to keep track of when she works out late in the day, drinks alcohol or tea, eats late, or has a stressful day. I’m going to start doing something similar so I can modify my habits to really get the best sleep I can. Check out more of Natalie’s thoughts on sleeping here.
I haven’t been using it long enough to really see a clear pattern, but I’m going to see how things look over a period of time. And maybe I’ll be able to figure out my triggers so I can rest easy. And of course I’ll share it all with you soon.