When i was on holiday this time, I used my garmin vivoactive to simply record how many hours I slept.
What you do is spend 7-14 days without waking up with an alarm and take the average to see how much sleep you need.
In 10 days, I slept for 91 hours (including 1 nap). That’s an average of 9 hours a night (and didn’t include the day I did sky diving, or the nap I had after that).
Or in the last 7 days, I slept for 62 hours, or an average or 8:51.
So based on that, my sleep times of 10pm – 6am is too short (8 hours).
Fit Girl wakes at 6am, and I’m awake then (and like to train between 630-8am), so I can’t really change my wake up time regularly.
So what are my plans to get 9 hours sleep?
Simple, once I get back into a rhythm at home, if I want to be at my best, here’s the plan:
1. In bed for 9pm, aiming to be asleep for 9:30pm (or before, warning time 21:21).
2. Set a daily alarm on my vivoactive to remind me it’s time to put the devices away and get to bed: 20:30. 3. Charge iPhone (& electronics) downstairs instead of in the bedroom. 4. Read instead of being on Facebook / online.
5. Chart sleep and loosely aim for 8.5-9.5 hrs sleep a night on average.
Finally, I’m reading this book just now:
Night School: Wake up to the Power of Sleep by Richard Wiseman. If ever you want to know why sleep is so important, give it a read.
Oh and if you’re not sure if naps are s good idea, think again. Read the book if you’re interested to find out why. (I LOVE my naps!)