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Do you struggle with prioritizing sleep? This has always been a battle for me, but I just started tracking my sleep again.
I’m sharing my free Sleep Tracker Printable with you and I hope it helps you focus on getting more sleep!
I used to roll out of bed at the same time as my kids. I would wake up groggy and I would not feel prepared for the day.
I desperately wanted to become a morning person and get up before my daughters every morning. I had goals and desires that were being pushed away. I didn’t want to focus on my goals and desires to the detriment of less quality time with my daughters, so I decided that it was best to use early morning hours to give myself time alone.
I have always been a night owl. While I was intrigued by the idea of getting up early, it was only a thought and not an action.
A few years ago I finally set a goal of getting up at 6 AM every morning (with hopes to slowly move it even earlier!) and two weeks later I was hooked. Getting up before my girls added both productivity AND joy to my days. I LOVED my morning quiet time.
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Unfortunately, I am no longer in the habit of getting up before my children. I miss the morning quiet time and would love to get back into it.
Over the last few years, I have learned more and more about the importance of sleep. I used to think sleep was a waste of time as there were so many other things I would rather be doing. I read the book Sleep It Does a Family Good along with a few other books and resources and I realized I was giving sleep a bad rap.
I realized that I need to prioritize sleep for both my children and myself for so many reasons. Prioritizing sleep for my children has not been hard, but for myself…it’s a struggle. I have to force myself to go to bed and some days I am terrible at getting to bed at a decent time!
As I went away from getting up before my children, I realized I miss that time desperately. I do take a few minutes with coffee and my devotion each morning, but I miss having the extra 30-60 minutes.
I miss the time. I’m tired. I don’t feel like I’m as healthy as I could be.
I decided to start tracking my sleep again.
The first time around, one of the keys to finally making it happen was to start my blog for accountability and also to record my bedtimes. Initially midnight was my bedtime deadline, but I had to change that if I wanted to get up earlier.
I know I need to get to bed earlier than midnight if I want to get up earlier, so I plan to track my sleep to get back on track.
I created this two-week Sleep Tracker Printable that I’d like to share with you. Yes, you can track sleep on a phone app, but I think it can be helpful to have the visual of having this printable by your bed. I also try to not rely on tech for everything.
Get the Sleep Tracker Printable here. I put two on an 8.5×11 PDF so you can cut in half and only have a half sheet on your night stand. You can track 2 full weeks on each half sheet of paper. I think it’s helpful to have more than one week at a glance so you can see your progress better.
It’s pretty simple: Shade in the number of hours you sleep each night. Shade half of the box for 6:30 or a quarter of a box for 6:15. Feel free to write the times down too. Or just approximate if that is easier for you.
I have been using it over the last week and it’s helping me to get to bed earlier. I’m not quite getting to bed as early as I would like, but it’s a start! I don’t want to have to record that I went to bed at midnight.
I hope you find it helpful as you try to prioritize your sleep!
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Do you struggle getting to bed at a decent hour?
If you want a full month Sleep Tracker Printable instead, there is one included in my Habit Tracker Bundle. It includes 20+ habit tracker printables, including a Habit Tracker Printable. You can get it here.
You can also track your habits on my new Tracker Spreadsheet. There isn’t room to record your bedtime and wake times on the spreadsheet, but you can check off if you hit one of your sleep goals. (Ex: In bed by a certain time, a certain number of hours of sleep per night, etc.) Read more about the free Habit Tracker Spreadsheet here.