On day 32 of this Whole30 program, I wrote about a new bedtime routine that I was trying out a few nights each week in order to get to bed earlier. (I also pointed to a great article from Mark Sisson about sleep strategies on day 37.)
I think the routine is helping to wind me down and successfully relax so that I fall asleep quickly after I go to bed, which is great — and I’ve been getting about eight hours of sleep more often than not lately, which is one of the biggest goals here.
The new routine hasn’t helped yet, though, in actually getting me into bed much earlier on a regular basis. In fact, I think it’s contributing to me staying up a little later. Because this routine focuses on turning out or dimming all lights and unplugging from devices for a period of time before going to bed, I often end up working on freelance projects up until the point that I’d like to just fall asleep, then the bedtime routine of unwinding before going to bed keeps me up that much longer — albeit in a more relaxed and ultimately sleep-receptive state.
I think it’s a success overall so far, in that it’s getting me a better quantity of solid sleep hours, but I still need to work on task prioritization so that I can keep to a more consistent earlier bedtime and earlier rising without sacrificing the amount of time I’m actually asleep. It’s still a balancing act.
Here are my food photos for day 40:
Sunday, Feb. 23
I woke up at 10:00 a.m. (after heading to bed at 3:00 a.m.).
Breakfast: 11:15 a.m. | 3 eggs, leftover salmon, coconut, 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, herbs & spices
I wasn’t really hungry much at all today, so I decided to skip lunch for the first time since I started this program.
Dinner: 8:05 p.m. | 4 oz. prosciutto, 1 carrot, 1 stalk celery
I also kept dinner light, given that I still wasn’t particularly hungry.