Day 26 – 30 days: get 8 hours of sleep

Today has been day 26 of my challenge to get 8 hours of sleep for 30 days straight.

Sunday, a day of cycling, meal prepping and freelance work.

Every day I’ll share my FitBit Surge sleep data. Aside from that, I want to document how I’m doing in terms of changing my habits:

  • No more screens, from 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Go for a 15 minute walk during the day.
  • No coffee after noon.
  • Use my thoughts to get to a place of gratitude before I go to sleep and when I wake up.

Day 26: 7hrs 44min

I did not reach my goal.

fitbit sleep data day 26

Pretty close to 8 hours, but just not there yet.

I went to sleep a little too late because I was too optimistic with my day planning. Check out this article about “Why I’m always late“.

I ended up finishing some freelance work at 22:15, so I decided to grab a cup of tea and a book to relax and wind down before going to bed.

No more screens, 1 hour before bedtime

I did not reach my goal.

I was working on my laptop and used my phone to send messages and jot down ideas the hour before bed, and was without technology only about 20 minutes before going to bed.

Go for a 15 minute walk

I did not reach my goal.fitbit step data day 26This time, I went for a bike ride with my sister and a friend from about 11-14hrs.

I did not walk but I definitely went outside, in nature without a certain agenda, just cycling through nature so I did great in that regard but I’m just sticking to “15 minute walk” for this experiment to keep my data clean 😉

No coffee after noon

I reached my goal.

No problem.

Be in a place of gratitude

I did not reach my goal.

I tried! Haha. I kind off brushed over some things that I am grateful for but it did not really land.

One thing I’ve been reading about specifically the last week is about “consciously slowing down time” which seems to be a great learning point for me. To not get caught up in the busy stuff during the day and actually experience every part of the day fully. Not just rushing to get something done or to get somewhere but to be present in that moment and experience the journey to that end point.

I’ll probably create more of these insights and ideas after this challenge is over but this seems to be a big one already.


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