The bedtime experiment…

I need sleep. This isn’t the whiny refrain of someone who’s a little tired either. I genuinely need sleep. According to most of the literature I’ve read about sleep, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. My fitbit says I regularly clock around 6-6.5 hours per weeknight and anywhere from 7 to 11 hours on weekends. My sleep schedule is erratic, and it has an effect on every other aspect of my life. So, enough is enough. My boyfriend is always urging me to go to bed around 10 every night (so I can clock 7.5 hours to get up at 5:30 on weekdays), but I very, very rarely make that. There’s always some excuse about what I have to do before I can go to bed, but it’s generally something that can wait until the next day (like this blog entry, for example). So, now that my spring semester is over, I’ve decided to undergo the bedtime experiment. The reason I’m putting it out here for the six of you who may read this everyone to see is that I want some external pressure. I want whoever reads this to ask me about my bedtime, harass me about being up too late, etc. The experiment is as follows:

1. Bedtime on Sunday-Thursday nights is 10 PM. No exceptions.
2. Out of bed by 5:30 AM on weekdays (and that will keep me from being so frazzled in the mornings)
3. Bedtime on Friday and Saturday nights is midnight at the latest
4. Get up by 8:30 on weekends. Take a short nap if needed.

My goal is to get into the habit of doing this so I can get good, quality sleep. Sleep helps with everything- mood, attitude, even weight loss- and I can use some help in all of those categories! The experiment will begin Sunday night, so wish me luck!

EDIT: I’m going to do this for 2 weeks and then post again about how it’s gone…just for the inquiring minds out there!