My Experiment of the Month for October was Bedtime. My goal was to be in bed by 10 PM every night.
How did I do? Oh, you know, terribly.
In all of October, I was only in bed before 10:00… three measly times. I did manage a bedtime between 10:01 and 10:45… nine times. Thus, I spent most of the month staggering to bed at 11 or later. Great for some people, not for everyone.
Still, having a target bedtime and tracking my actual results did help me stay aware of the situation. Getting to bed earlier than usual also resulted in a lot of long, thoughtful conversations with Ian, since neither of us is likely to fall asleep at 10 or even 11 PM.
Did this effort affect other areas of my life? Yes. Tracking my actual bedtimes was revealing, but far more educational was documenting the HUGE gaps between what time I wake up most mornings and what time I actually shoehorn my sorry carcass out of bed.
Out of October’s 31 days, there were eight times when I woke up, turned off the alarm, and went back to bed for an hour or more. This could mean that my wake-up times are far too optimistic, that I’m not getting enough sleep to make good decisions, and/or that I need a more structured morning routine so that I know exactly what to do upon waking.
A week or two ago, I started charging my phone (which is also my alarm) across the room, then moved it to the living room instead. Having to walk to the living room doesn’t always stop me from turning off the alarm and climbing back into bed, but it’s a start.
Is a regular bedtime worth attempting further? Yes. People need sleep, and life is far more pleasant when I feel well-rested and prepared to face a new day.
How were your bedtimes in October? Consistent or erratic? Satisfactory or embarrassing? Share your results in the comments!