Tiffany, Week 13: Can We Stick to This Sleep Schedule?


If you’re like Andy and me, it’s early to rise Monday through Friday and on Saturday and Sunday you get to sleep in. Sleeping in for us is 7 a.m. because Jack is early to bed everyday and early to rise, and in the morning he wants us to get up with him.

Then the sleeping challenge began we learned we’d be scored on a points system. You receive one point for getting 7 hours of sleep at night. Two points if you get 8 hours or more. My first reaction was frustration. I was always up until 11 p.m. or later. It’s just what I had become. I do a lot of things around the house, check emails, have downtime, catch up on the DVR when the kids are sleeping.

Then I read that we would receive one point for going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Notice I didn’t say Monday through Friday. EVERY NIGHT! WHAT!!! You mean to tell me I have to not only get at least 7 hours of sleep, I have to go to bed at the same time on Friday and Saturday night too? Oh I was not a happy girl. I went a few rounds via email with Dr. Oexman, the sleep doctor who helped design the challenge after having a phone consultation with us. “Do people really go to bed and wake up at the same time of day even on weekends?” I asked. Of course the answer is yes. And of course I wasn’t happy because it wasn’t what I wanted. But we’re all giving this a shot. We want to win the challenge and we want to be healthier. Wish us luck!

How many hours of sleep do you usually get at night? And do you think you could give up sleeping late on the weekend? Leave a comment and let me know!