A Week of Better Sleep

Timothy B. Smith

This past week, I forced myself into a sane sleeping schedule and loved every moment of it.

I’ve been struggling to live healthier for about two years. When I lived in my hometown, I would play basketball for about three hours, twice a week, and my sleep schedule was a lot better.

I work from a chair everyday for 8–9 hours a day. I had gotten in the habit of buying food for lunch and dinner, thinking that I didn’t have time to prepare a lunch, and feeling tired after a day of work to cook dinner.

My habits scare me, and recently, I’ve started to take my health a lot more seriously. One of the many things I need to work on is a better sleeping schedule, and last week I began an experiment to make this better. I had some people try the experiment with me,1 which really helped.

I went to sleep everyday before midnight, except for one day; ate exclusively at home, except for one meal, and walked 4 out of 5 days. I feel well rested, more productive, and although technically I was awake for the same amount of hours, the day felt longer.

I’m so glad I tried this experiment, and I plan to continue for the foreseeable future.2 I’m adding a couple of things to the experiment this week:

  1. Eat fresh fruit and/or vegetables every day.
  2. When eating out, eat only half of the portion, and take the rest home.
  3. Read a book, or something useful before going to sleep.

I think it could be a lot of fun to add small things like this to the experiment every week. There’s a lot work to be done, but from this small experience, I’ve seen you can accomplish a lot by making small steps in the right direction.

Further Reading

The Pastry Box Project, 10 August 2013, baked by Geri Coady

  1. I want to thank Chris Frees and Kyle Roderick for doing the experiment with me (or at least telling me they were). 

  2. For normal people, my experiment is just their life.