This week the experiment is to test if improved sleep hygiene can improve how I feel. (By the way, I freely admit I skipped writing about day 6. I was at a conference that I think will be influencing my direction of writing quite a bit).
So, I return to the same question I ask at the end of this experiment: how has this worked?
Has improving sleep hygiene improved my sleep quality
The simple answer to this is yes.
However, there’s a more complicated question to ask: Why?
At the root of my early statement “I suck at sleep” is the fact that I have poor sleep habits. For whatever reasons, when my goal time for going to bed arrived, I was unprepared. Sometimes I stayed up later to accomplish something, or other times I was just finishing activities that left me in a state completely unprepared for sleep (exercising, drinking caffeine, etc).
Improving my sleep hygiene meant that when the time to go to bed arrived, I was prepared to do so. Typically, this resulted in me getting about half an hour more of sleep each night. It wasn’t an earth shattering amount, but it was entirely pleasant.
Even that little bit extra of sleep made a measurable difference in how I felt over a week.
So, if only because it helps you get more sleep, improving your sleep habits could definitely be worth the investment of time!