Restful Nights and Bright, Bright Sunshine-y Days

I’ve written a bit about my struggles with insomnia lately – and I’m still really not sure what’s going on. I had originally attributed it to my East Coast travel, but last Friday morning I woke up at 3:30am East Coast time (or 1:30am Mountain Time) and couldn’t get back to sleep. So clearly, the cross-country travel isn’t the issue, and I’m not sure what is. But the truly weird thing is, the lack of sleep didn’t really bother me too much. {Read More}

Getting Through the Day on 4.5 Hours of Sleep

My flight to Florida last night landed at 11:45pm, at which point I had to go get my rental car and then drive 90 minutes up I-95, check into my hotel, and finally crash into bed. To stay awake on the drive, I blasted a lot of Lady Gaga and sang along at the top of my lungs… which worked surprisingly well. But when I got checked in, washed up, and got into bed? I finally got to sleep around {Read More}

April Goal Progress: Final Week 4 Check In

I cannot believe it’s May already. April went by entirely too quickly! And unfortunately, me trying to sleep more is not why April felt so short… because I’d say that I was only about half successful in focusing on my sleep. I already wrote about my insomnia last Tuesday night, when I literally got less than two hours of sleep. Not good! I slept well Wednesday and Thursday nights, but Friday I picked up a stomach bug from my nephews (or maybe {Read More}

Mostly Sleepless in South Carolina

For my final week of my sleep challenge, I’m reading Arianna Huffington’s recently released book, The Sleep Revolution. The first half is basically all about why sleep is important, and then the second half is about how you actually go about getting enough sleep. I’m only halfway through so far (so have only done the “why it matters” part), but the book has already made a huge impression on me. Whether that’s for the better or not, though, remains to be {Read More}

April Goal Progress: Week 3 Check In

Keeping it short tonight since my bedtime is in ten minutes… I can’t believe it’s already the last week of the month! I had some wins and some losses this week on the sleep front, but I’m feeling pretty darn energized for a Monday – which is super rare. If this is all that comes out of my month long sleep experiment, I’ll take it! On the loss side, you can see a BIG dip on 4/21, when I had {Read More}

April Goal Progress: Week 2 Check In

Well, it looks like my prediction last week was spot on. Turns out that when I’m not sick, it’s a lot harder to get my eight hours of sleep in! I had a lot of nights where I got home in time to get a full eight hours, but still came up short. At first, I was starting to think the problem is that I usually get up around 5am to work out. That means in order to get in eight hours of {Read More}

April Goal Progress: Week 1 Check In

Well, my first week of trying to get eight hours of sleep every night has actually been quite successful! Even if I go so far as to measure it by actual hours slept (rather than by effort like I had originally planned) I did pretty well. Here, take a look: Unfortunately, despite all of this sleeping I still caught a cold. On Monday night I started developing that tight feeling in my throat that indicates something bad is about to happen, and that {Read More}

How ClassPass Helps Me Commit to My Workouts

I’ve mentioned that I use ClassPass to book my workouts at boutique studios. For $99 a month, I get unlimited classes (up to three per month per studio) at a ton of studios I love! However, the other catch besides three classes per studio per month is that you can only sign up for classes a week in advance – and a lot of the studios that I like tend to fill up, sometimes even before availability is open to ClassPass {Read More}

TGIT: I Can Has Sleep Now?

Thank goodness it’s Thursday! It’s hard to believe that it’s already nearing the end of January (where does the time go?). As Monday nears, I’m thinking a lot about what I want my goals for February to be. I’m happy that I’ve gotten in the habit this month of using my to-do list more productively than I have been in a while, but I definitely didn’t achieve my original goal of scheduling all my time. (On the bright side, I {Read More}

How I’m Dealing with Insomnia

Ever since returning from my recruiting trip to New York a few weeks ago, my sleep schedule has been off. At first it was the normal time zone issues: I was naturally getting up much earlier than usual (5am) daily. I didn’t stress too much about it, though – I figured my schedule would eventually start shifting back to normal, especially when I’d go for a late night or two out with friends. I was definitely indulging my weird sleep {Read More}