30 Days to an Organized Life Day 6
How did your Master Bedroom 10 minute declutter go? Does your bedroom feel a little more peaceful now?
Now that you have cleaned up your bedroom a bit let’s talk about sleep. You may not realize it, but one of the primary components of an organized life is making sure that you get enough sleep.
A 2014 survey of more than 7,000 U.S. adults conducted by Gallup and Healthways, revealed that people who reported getting more sleep had a higher overall well-being score than those who reported that they slept less. The scores were calculated based on participants’ responses to questions about their sense of purpose, relationships, finances, community involvement and physical health.
The average well-being score for those who reported getting 8 hours of sleep a night was 65.7 out of 100, as compared with 64.2 for participants who slept only 7 hours a night, and only 59.4 for those who got 6 hours of sleep a night.
Other studies have shown that women who get sufficient sleep each night are happier, healthier, calmer and better able to handle stress.
The minimum amount of recommended sleep is 7.5 hours for adults, which can be challenging to achieve, but moving toward that goal will provide so many benefits. Sleep deprivation has been linked to overeating, brain “fog”, poor decision-making, and lack of impulse control — and recent studies have linked the lack of sleep to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. You can “cheat” this need for sleep by consuming a lot of caffeine to give you energy, but eventually over time you will develop negative health consequences from a lack of sleep.
The quickest way to improve your quality of life is to get more sleep.
Knowing that you need more sleep and actually getting the sleep you need are two entirely different matters. As I mentioned earlier new habits are formed when we keep things simple so we are going to write down some tiny steps you can take to encourage your new “get to bed on time” goal.
Determine Your Bedtime
Aside from moms with babies, almost all of us can consistently choose the time we go to bed. In order to determine your optimum bedtime, write down the time that you need to get up every morning (be honest about how much time you need to get ready), then count backwards eight hours.
For example, if you need to be up by 6 a.m., your optimum bedtime is 10 p.m. You may not make it to bed by 10 every night, but by making this a goal for most nights of the week, you will be able to get more sleep.
List Your Responsibilities
Now that you know your optimum bedtime, make a list of all that needs to be done before you can go to sleep: clean the kitchen, bathe the kids, read stories, tuck the kids into bed, time with your spouse, etc. Estimate how long these activities take, and you’ll have an idea of what time you need to start your before-bed routine.
You can also find ways to make your before-bed routine more efficient. For example, use paper plates on busy week nights so you don’t have to do dishes or read stories during bath time rather than after.
Think About “You” Time
Make a list of activities that you can do to calm yourself before bed. For example: turn off your electronics, read a book, take a shower or a bubble bath, journal. If you’re in the habit of watching television or movies late into the night, consider waiting to watch your favorite shows on the weekend when you have a more relaxed schedule.
Now that you know your optimum bedtime, it’s time to move toward a better bedtime by creating some new bedtime habits.
To effectively start a new habit you need to:
- keep the new habit super simple;
- attach the new habit to something you already do every day (after I get up, after I drop the kids off at school, etc.);
- practice the new habit;
- celebrate when you accomplish it.
Here are a few examples of habits that you can create to help yourself get to bed on time:
*After I get up from dinner I will place my pajamas on my bed.
*After I brush my teeth I will put on my pajamas.
*After I put on my pajamas I will write 3 things I am grateful for in my journal.
*After I get the kids in bed I will turn off my electronics and read 1 page in a book.
Make your habit super simple, directly related to getting in the bed on time and attach it to something you already do every day.
Today’s 10 Minute Task: Once you’ve determined your optimum bedtime, print the Happy Habits page from your ePlanner and write down five habits which will help you to get to bed on time so you can get enough sleep. Write your habits in this format: “After I ____ I will ____”. Now choose one habit that you will start today. You can write your habit on a piece of paper and post it in a prominent place to remind yourself to do it tonight.
Let me know what your bedtime habit will be in the comments below!
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Sheila McVicar says
We emptied closet drawers and side table, removed everything under the bed and went through all of it. Took clothing that no longer fit to the thrift shop, threw out tatty and too big underwear, put away summer clothing from our trip to Bali (it is winter in southern Australia right now) and reorganized the lot. Since we have rented a camper van for 36 days, we set aside what we will need for the trip. Took the contents of our piggy bank (an olive jar) into the bank yesterday to deposit to our Aussie emergency fund and went through the thrift store as my pajama pants were part of the donated clothing. I refuse to buy anything new until I reach my goal weight. Most of what we eat is made from scratch with our allergies, so we then did a grocery shop for what we were out of. Last week I completed the paper organization and put all into envelope folders that are now labelled. We also mailed off three birthday and one anniversary card to our son and family. Just have to write a letter back to a good friend and get pictures printed to send back. This weekend, the house will be empty, so hubby and I can do a good cleaning. Also have one recipe organized for a Lemon Slice (the dry mix), so will get that baked. And yesterday, we walked about 8 km and today 4 km. And this week I dealt with about 400 emails that needed something done with them. Laundry caught up as well. Whew! Hubby and I are pooped! 🙂
Kimberlee Stokes says
That’s amazing! I think I’d have to take a very long nap after doing all of that. Good for you!
This is one habit I’ve been trying to improve in. Sometimes I stay up too late because I’m trying to get so much done every day, rather than picking a few tasks to get done. Other times I’m mindlessly scrolling through Facebook into the night, asking myself why I am putting off going to sleep!
To help with this, I plan to schedule my time each day, selecting two or three important tasks to focus on completing. I also want to get in the habit of taking my cup of hot tea and reading for a bit before bed to relax.
Kimberlee Stokes says
Great job Heather! I love these very practical and doable steps to help you sleep better. I have to stay off the computer at night or I have the same problem with postponing going to sleep. There is just so much to look at on the interwebs! 🙂
Trisha Nelson-Chetek says
I’m just getting started on this today. I’m sitting at a Skyzone (painfully loud) reading the posts and visualizing all that you recommend.
As far as sleep, I need more, but 8 hours will put me in a fog. I normally sleep 12:00 to 5:30, but will make it a goal to go to bed at 11:00.
Bedroom Closet – now there’s a challenge. I may need to take before and after pictures. Ha Ha
Thanks for doing this,
Kimberlee Stokes says
My pleasure Trisha! You know what works best for you, so of course you should adapt my suggestions. As far as the closet, I get it. That’s why I recommend working for 10 minutes. Making a small dent may encourage you to work longer. 🙂
Thanks for following along!