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Sleep less but when you do sleep hard August 22, 2007 8:37 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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I am doing one of those things right now where I am trading a few years from the end of my life for some time now. Trying to sleep a little less and work a little more. But it catches up to you and last night I think you could have poked me with a stick and I wouldn’t have moved. So all the time I planned on working while others slept has to be moved to today.

I am trying to make the older children more responsible for themselves. That means I may wake them (once) but they are really responsible for getting themselves out of bed, dressed, fed, and off to the bus. Noah likes to get lost in his reading so this morning he left 15 minutes late. He hasn’t returned so perhaps he got lucky and did not miss the bus. The older two are allowed to go to school an hour late on Wednesdays which means I need to carpool them. They seem more on top of things. They were very concerned that I made them late last week so I expect no problems today (unless I make them late again).

Now, for better sleep:

  • Nap every single day
  • Avoid taking a hot bath
  • Make your room cold
  • Exercise intensely
  • Limit red wine
  • Expose yourself to bright light/sunlight soon after waking up in the morning
  • Don’t watch TV
  • Block out noise
  • Find a bedtime ritual that works for you
  • Do what it takes to manage stress in your life
  • Keep pen and notebook next to your bed


Be sure to read 11 Unconventional Sleep Tips: How to Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep for the details and explanations.

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