February came to a close last week, which completed another full month of tracking my sleep. This post builds on my observations made about January.
At the end of February, here’s where I stood:
Eight days out of twenty-eight is still pretty terrible, but it’s a 100% improvement over January’s numbers. I never expected to make an overnight change towards better sleep, so this kind of result is above my expectations while still giving me room to clearly improve.
I track the results in my notebook as binary entries – either I sleep 7 hours according to my Fitbit or I do not. Here’s a snapshot of what some of these nights looked like last week:
As you can see, I’m often just barely missing my deadlines because I’m a restless sleeper. Nevertheless, I know of some various steps to explore to see if I can claim a few more nights of sleep, such as a more strict bedtime routine and possibly kicking the dog out of the bedroom at night (we spoil him rotten).
Subjectively, this is the best I’ve felt in a while. Rising before 6:30am is getting easier, I feel less groggy in the morning, I’m more motivated and active, I feel like I need less coffee to function, and most importantly my mood has lifted a bit. The morning exercise is probably also helping with my affect.
I’m looking forward to March’s numbers. I’ll keep you posted.