40 Winks

March 11, 2014

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Sleep: It’s one of the top struggles for new parents, myself included. My sleepless nights started well before Mazen was born – I had a lot of insomnia when I was pregnant. Eventually I learned that a swig of juice would almost always put me back to sleep, but that didn’t keep me from waking up night after night. I still remember how hard it was to roll over with a huge pregnant belly. And being pregnant is torture for a stomach sleeper!

When Mazen was born I knew I’d be up all night, and for the first 6 weeks at least we were feeding every 2 hours all.night.long. There is something hormonal that keeps you awake during the day and provides energy when you are running on zero. Surprisingly, I didn’t need a ton of naps in those early days but I definitely felt tired. I tried to get in bed at 8pm when Mazen started his nighttime sleep so maximize my number of hours in bed – even if I was away for 6 of the 12 hours. I took it easy on myself and didn’t push back to workout or exert myself in any way other than taking care of my baby. As many say, the first 6 weeks are just about surviving, one day at a time.

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We started to get some longer stretches of sleep, but when the 4 month sleep regression hit, we were up most of the night on and off again. Months 4-6 were harder than the early days for me. I was often up and down from 2-7am.

Needless to say, when we went from hourly wake-ups to 9 hours straight on the fourth night of sleep training, I was in seventh heaven. A month later he was sleeping 11 hour nights without a peep.

AND SO WAS I!

For the first time in about a year, I was sleeping through the night again.

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It has been a year since Mazen started to sleep through the night and I am STILL obsessed with sleep. I get in bed between 9 and 10 every night and sleep till 6:30 to 7. Once Matt was setting his alarm for work as I was turning out the light. He said “You know if you go to sleep now you’ll get 9 hours and 45 minutes?” EXCELLENT I said. I am still recovering from that awful year of deprivation. And these days I look forward to crawling into my warm bed all day long : )

This coming Friday – March 14 – is World Sleep Day. In honor of the holiday, Philips asked me to take a sleep quiz (does this mean I get to nap!?) and evaluate my sleep habits. In showcasing its commitment to increasing the awareness of the benefits of good and healthy sleep, Philips has launched this sleep quiz that will score a person’s quality of sleep based on answers to simple sleep habit and health questions.

Here’s the quiz:

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Link to the Obstructive Sleep Apnea quiz for the Mostly C’s answer

I scored all As and the last one a B – Matt says I make a snore peep every now and then!! {How embarrassing!} I think I tend to snore if I sleep on my back, which is thankfully rare. (I’m primarily a stomach and side sleeper).

Philips has also published this infographic of tips to get better sleep. I used it to give myself a self assessment. (Can you tell I’m excited about sleep!?)

Sleep Habits Assessment

1. Get up and go to bed at the same time everyday. Check! I do this thanks to my little alarm clock Smile

2. Get active. Check! I exercise almost daily.

3. Limit naps to less than 45 minutes. Check! I rarely nap.

4. Free your mind. Check! Small fires to put out aside, I feel pretty good about my stress levels at bedtime. I also almost always have an empty inbox when I turn in for the night.

5. Quiet Time. FAIL – I often am on my computer/tablet/TV at night. BUT I rarely have trouble falling asleep so I’m not going to change that unless I do.

6. Sip sleepy teas. While I don’t often have tea before bed, I do drink mostly decaf coffee and tea because I know that caffeine interrupts my sleep.

7. Keep the room dark. Check! I wear an eye mask to block out all the light.

Sleep is SO important to my health and well being that I have made it a priority. I am just not able to function at my top level without it. If I don’t get enough healthy eating, workouts and the like all get thrown out the window. I truly believe getting enough sleep is a core foundation of healthy living. Now, who wants to crawl under the covers!?

For a chance to win a $100 Visa card, take the sleep quiz and share something you learned about sleep or ways you could improve upon your own habits or Tweet about #worldsleepday!

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1 K March 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

I have GOT to learn to put aside my iPod before I go to bed! So tempting to read on it before bed…

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2 Ali @ Peaches and Football March 11, 2014 at 8:05 am

Great timing – especially since so many of us are a wee bit sleep-deprived this week with daylight savings time. For me, I need to get better at the before-bed quiet time. Usually I take a shower, dry my hair, and hop right into bed. The last few nights I’ve been tossing and turning. I think if I took a few minutes, maybe read a chapter in a book, I’d be able to relax and fall asleep easier. Need to try it! :)

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3 Ashley March 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

reading, reading, reading before sleep always does the trick! (unless the book is amazing)

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4 CM March 11, 2014 at 8:10 am

I know I shouldn’t watch tv in bed, but YEARS and years of insomnia have left me unable to sleep without it. I’ve tried to break the habit before, but have always figured since I get enough hours (never less than 7 on a normal day) of sleep, I’m okay, but I’m a coffee addict and walking zombie so maybe it’s time to reconsider sleep habits!

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5 Becky March 11, 2014 at 8:14 am

My sleep issues stem directly from hormones, plain & simple. My insomnia bouts are tied directly to my cycle & the older I get, the worse it gets.

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6 Rachel March 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

Aaaaahhh sleep! I could do better about electronics at night…major struggle!

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7 Linda March 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

I got mostly b’s . I need to turn off my brain better..

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8 Colleen March 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

45 minutes for a nap? ha! it takes that long just to get comfortable. so I suppose that is something to improve on. I’m a big believer in naps.

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9 Sarah T March 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

My sleep could use some work as I scored B’s. I think freeing my mind as well as reducing stress would help greatly!

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10 Kaitlyn March 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

I used to be all about getting up to get in an early workout, which would stress me out enough the night before that I would have trouble getting to sleep! Now I try to aim for at least 6-7 hours since sleep is probably equally important! I got mostly B’s on the quiz, so I must not be doing too badly…now I just need to start keeping more regular hours on the weekend!

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11 jacklyn March 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

Getting a good night sleep is never usually a top priority for me, especially in university with all-nighters doing homework. Not surprisingly i am often tired but i don’t really think about it. It’s time to make sleep more of a priority !

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12 Jess @ The Baguette Diet March 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

I got mostly Bs, so there’s room to improve. I think I’ll start trying for more “quiet time” before bed, didn’t realize how important that was!

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13 April March 11, 2014 at 8:22 am

Fortunately, I am a great sleeper – like you! But, unfortunately, the hubby is not. Even with the recommended changes, his struggles to get a good night’s sleep. :(

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14 Bethany March 11, 2014 at 8:23 am

I know I need to be better about going to be early to get more than 7 hours of sleep per night.

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15 KarenK March 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

Even with a 5 and 7 year old, I remember the first sleep-deprived years well! I treasure my sleep now.

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16 Amy March 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

I’m 29 weeks pregnant and waking up all night. I just can’t stay comfortable on my sides because I miss sleeping on my belly!

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17 Kaysia March 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

Reading is key! I always have to read for at least 15 minutes and then I’m usually out like a light

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18 Sarah March 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

I need to stop looking at my phone before bed. Reading a book only!

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19 Katie M. March 11, 2014 at 8:31 am

I’m a moderate sleeper. I definitely aim to get 7-8 hours but I never seem to actually have energy during the day, despite being physically active, eating well and am not super stressed around bedtime.

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20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 11, 2014 at 8:31 am

I scored all C’s, then the last two B/A and A. Aka I’m in bed forever and don’t snore, but I get really poor quality of sleep. I live right above a big busy street with tons of windows, so I should try wearing an eye mask when I sleep! Haha and maybe ear plugs to keep out the sounds of buses and sirens

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21 Amy March 11, 2014 at 8:32 am

I am SO bad about going to bed at the same time-the trouble with working night shifts!

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22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 11, 2014 at 8:33 am

I could definitely use to improve my sleep…I got mostly Bs. I understand the importance of sleep and while I’ll fall asleep relatively quickly, I’m pretty sure I’m not getting quality sleep and it’s not uncommon for me to wake up really early in the morning and not fall back asleep. I’ve been known to give up trying to sleep at 4/4:30 and make a pot of coffee and start doing stuff for the day.

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23 Danielle March 11, 2014 at 8:35 am

Despite feeling that I get enough sleep, there is definitely never enough coffee. What’s up with that!?

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24 Cori March 11, 2014 at 8:35 am

I need to turn the TV off before sleep

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25 Ann-Marie March 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

I know I have to get the laptop and smartphone away from my bed, it’s such a bad habit!

For me I’ve found the best thing to help me sleep better and not become tired during the day is making myself go to bed and get up at the same time each day. My body gets tired coming up to bed time and I get to sleep right away, it’s great!

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26 Sarah C March 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

My downfall is watching intense shows before bed. I get way too worked up about Breaking Bad/Dexter/House of Cards and then lay in bed thinking about it!

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27 JessicaR March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Just had to reply to say that those are my three favorite shows. EXCELLENT choices. :)

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28 Liz M. March 11, 2014 at 8:40 am

I need to make it a priority to get in bed early. It makes such a difference–even a half hour! I’ve been going to bed at 9pm lately and it has been glorious, especially when you don’t know how your teething toddler will sleep!

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29 Alicia March 11, 2014 at 8:42 am

Turning off the computer or TV and reading 1 hour prior to bed helps me!

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30 Nikki March 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

I am 6 months pregnant and this is the worst I have slept. I need a healthy snack before bed.

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31 Renee March 11, 2014 at 8:47 am

I’m right on the line between A and B. I’m curious about those sleep teas and wonder if they would be the push I need to the best sleep ever.

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32 jeannine March 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

I really need to stop looking at my phone before bed!

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33 Alana March 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

I scored mostly B’s. I about 7 hours or sleep a night and I generally feel great. I am going to try and make a push for 8 moving forward.

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34 Laura@SneakersandSpatulas March 11, 2014 at 8:49 am

I feel like I don’t sleep that well. I don’t watch TV or use the computer before bed and choose to read instead but I wake up often in the night. I rely on Ambien once a week for a solid’s night sleep. I love waking up the morning after taking it and realizing I didn’t wake up once! I know it can be habit forming so I only take once a week after I’ve had 2 bad nights of sleep in a row.

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35 Navya March 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

Do not go to sleep with a full stomach!

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36 Katherine March 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

I definitely need to make sleep more of a priority- I know it would help me so much in my daily life! I tend to take long naps with the kids and stay up way too late!

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37 Jo March 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

I got mostly C’s – not surprising since we’re going through the 4 month sleep regression right now!

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38 Leah March 11, 2014 at 8:52 am

I could do better about not reading on my phone before bed!

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39 Ali March 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

I learned I should limit screen time, and having a baby who slept through the night would probably help too! ;)

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40 Gia March 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

I like to read at night; it helps with calming all the “buzz of the day” in my head..lol…Old Classics really work!

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41 Amanda March 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

I got mostly B’s which seems right. I am 4 months pregnant and have a few nightly wake ups already!

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42 Emily @ The Swallow Flies March 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

I have NEVER been a good sleeper, but since I started Whole30, I’ve been sleeping like a champ! I do, however, still need to put away the darn phone before bed…

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43 Jane March 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

I definitely need to turn off the TV and the iPad earlier. It can quickly turn into a bad habit!

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44 Kelly D March 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

I took the quiz and I am a moderate sleeper,as the mom to 4 teenagers that sounds about right! One thing I have learned over the years is that I NEED white noise! It doesn’t matter that I live in Maine and the temps are below freezing – my ceiling fan must be on for a good nights sleep. :-)

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45 Ang March 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

I don’t sleep very well due to arthritis. I wake up in pain and have to change positions a lot.

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46 Melissa March 11, 2014 at 8:56 am

I find it hard to not use TV as quiet time because I am relaxing, but I guess the TV is stimulating at the same time and does not have have as much “Quality” as doing something like yoga.

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47 Dana B March 11, 2014 at 8:58 am

I need to have a no technology rule before bed or while in bed, I should say. I often crawl into bed with my phone and catch up on instagram/blogs/etc. I ALWAYS stay up later than I want to because I zone out with my phone.

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48 Kait March 11, 2014 at 8:59 am

I’m a moderate sleeper based on the quiz, but I often have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I might just try out your juice trick next time!

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49 Carolyn March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

Need to stress less: mostly Bs and Cs here.

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50 Leah H. March 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

I am all about reading before bed (currently Dan Brown) and unplugging!

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51 Stacy B March 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

I’m pregnant with number 2 and it is so much harder to find extra time to rest the second time around! I need to make an effort to get into bed soon after my little one goes to sleep so I wake up with a little more energy. I typically get 7ish hours of sleep but I know I function better (even when not pregnant) with 8 hours.

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52 Lisa P. March 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

I got mostly B’s on the sleep quiz. I have a 3 month old and feel like I sleep pretty well. Right now I’m stressing about going back to work and have been going to bed later than I’d like. I liked reflecting on my sleep!

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53 Julia March 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

I have a 5-week-old daughter so right now it’s not entirely up to me whether I sleep well. One thing I need to do, though, is get to bed by 8ish like you did, rather than 10ish like I have been. I’m so lucky that she’s been sleeping one long stretch at the beginning (usually 5+ hours) but I can’t take advantage of it if I stay awake for half of it!

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54 Rachel @ Lou Lou Belle March 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

I need to improve on making the room darker! Little noises and lights pop me awake! I’m going to try a sleep mask & ear plugs! Can’t wait to see how it changes things!

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55 Elizabeth March 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

I scored mostly b’s. I used to love falling asleep to noise in the background and would leave the the tv on. Lately, I have been turning it off and have been feeling better in the morning.

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56 Katherine March 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

I could improve my sleep by decreasing my stress level. I sometimes have trouble falling asleep because I can’t turn my brain off! :)

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57 pamc March 11, 2014 at 9:12 am

I have just started using breathe right strips..I do less snoring.

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58 Lindsay March 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

I’m obsessed with sleep too! Whenever I’ve got a great book, I have a tough time turning out the lights as early as I should – I definitely notice it in my ability to focus throughout the day…

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59 Gina Grubb March 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

I’m a pro sleeper too! I need to learn to put away the Ipad though!

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60 Adrienne March 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

I was mostly B’s and I know I can improve! I tend to watch TV and play on the IPAD way too much prior to bed and that doesn’t allow my natural melatonin levels to do their jobs. I need to create a stricter sleep schedule so that I can get around 7-8 hours as those are my key timeframes, anything below 6.5 I can feel it and coffee is screaming my name. A very interesting and enlightening quiz!

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61 Cindy Berry March 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

I didn’t realize that 8+ hours is actually recommended. I usually get between 7 and 8, and thought that was more than enough. Now I won’t feel guilty about sleeping a little longer!

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62 Sage March 11, 2014 at 9:21 am

I am a decent sleeper, but I drink a lot of herbal tea throughout the day and it makes me get up numerous times in the night to go to the bathroom. I would love to drink sleepy tea, but I am afraid it would just make me wake up more.

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63 Laura March 11, 2014 at 9:21 am

Getting enough sleep is really tough. My choices are 1. getting up at 5:15 to work out before work 2. getting more sleep but no workout. I often choose to forgo the sleep in order to work out. Getting to bed earlier is tough too with a full time job and baby. I try to get in bed as early as I possibly can and I always read before bed- which helps me get to sleep.

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64 Donna March 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

I scored mostly B’s. I have heard most of the advice before, but am not the best at following it! I especially have a hard time “disconnecting” from phone / tv soon enough before sleep…. plan to work on that, though!

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65 Beaty March 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

I need to get to bed before 10…always. And sometimes I don’t want to give up the nice quiet part of the evening to do so. But most of the time I do well. Need to buy a new mattress too, that will help a lot.

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66 kai March 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

i got mostly a’s and one b. i think exercising daily helps

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67 Melanie March 11, 2014 at 9:27 am

I know I need to be better about putting down my phone and computer and getting some real relaxation time before I go to sleep.

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68 Lauri March 11, 2014 at 9:28 am

I got mostly B’s and was surprised since I have almost 3 month old who does not sleep through the night. I am getting so nervous when I have to go back to work in 4 weeks and have to function normally. I hope I start sleeping better.

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69 KT March 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

I have learned NOT to look at social media if I wake up during the night…it turns my brain ON and them takes forever to fall asleep.

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70 Brandy Dible March 11, 2014 at 9:32 am

A sound machine or rain sound app is key to good sleep for me!

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71 Wendy March 11, 2014 at 9:32 am

I just need to work on getting more sleep. I probably should go to bed earlier. I also have electronics on until bed time. Even then I am reading my nook in bed to fall asleep.

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72 Val March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

I got all B’s. I think I need to stop leaving the TV on when I am trying to go to sleep. It definitely keeps me up much longer than I need to be.

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73 Kara March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

I have the tiniest bladder, so unless I’m sick and have taken medication, I get up at least twice throughout the night to pee – would LOVE to change that, but I may be stuck with it!

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74 Angela March 11, 2014 at 9:34 am

I am mostly B! As a grad student, I KNOW I need to schedule time to be more active!! My goal is 3-4 days, but its more like 1-2…..MN weather is finally starting to get nicer for some outside exercise :)

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75 Jackie March 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

As a mom of three boys I tend to leave so much to do and NOT do for those later hours! I stay up until midnight nightly and have a little guy that wakes by 630 usually. It is incredibly hard to get out of bed most mornings! I am also very plugged in. I need to make a real effort at this!

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76 Stephanie March 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

I got mostly B’s. I think my zoned out brain might be from my spirited toddler running around, but it could mean that I need more sleep than I think I do.

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77 Amanda March 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

I got mostly B’s. I think I might sleep better if the dog didn’t snore so loudly!! :)

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78 Dipali March 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

I’m mostly A’s and B’s. I could probably benefit from using an eye mask sometimes!

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79 Allison Galassie March 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

Mostly I need to not drink as many liquids before bed…I’m always having to get up at least once!

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80 Kath March 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

I’m a moderate sleeper. I should be going to bed earlier, but it’s just so hard!

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81 Kim March 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

I got mostly C’s but I think that’s due to my sleep walking. =(

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82 Jesse March 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

the sleep deprivation is NO joke, so glad that phase is behind us. ps i am so obsessed with sleep!

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83 em March 11, 2014 at 9:52 am

I can improve by not using my phone when I’m laying in bed.

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84 Christine March 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

I need to work to improve the quality of my pre-bed quiet time. Emptying the inbox a few hours before bed is a great idea!

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85 Shannon March 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

I need to get rid of electronics before bed. I sleep well but notice that at times I’m restless and maybe the bright lights of my iPhone or iPad are disrupting me!

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86 simple green moms March 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

I got mostly B’s and was totally shocked because my 18 month old has yet to sleep through the night even after sleep training =/ maybe someday!

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87 marie March 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

I need to quit Facebooking in bed!!!

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88 Lauren S March 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

I got mostly B’s I definitely need to change some habits to to make it mostly A’s.

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89 Ashley Burdick March 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

Something I need to be better about is falling asleep on the couch. I’ll start watching a TV show, know I’m tired and fall asleep on the coach only to have to wake up at 2 am to put myself into bed. Such a bad habit!

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90 Kristen B March 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

I know I need to do better with naps – but when the opportunity arises I love getting some extra rest!

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91 Nancy March 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

Getting all electronics out of the room and focusing on unwinding will help me get to sleep faster.

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92 Jenn March 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

Well, I was right in the middle between A and B. I think I’m a little more toward the A. I would like to go to bed earlier, so getting at least 1 more hour of sleep would help me.

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93 Kristen March 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

I take my eye mask with me when I travel to ensure I can get shut eye no matter where I am!

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94 Lindsay March 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

I definitely need to get better about putting the computer away and going to bed at the same time every night. I usually average 6 hours of sleep per night.

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95 Kelly Michelle March 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

I need to get better of putting down the phone, it is easy to get in the cycle of just doing one more thing and thenn going to bed an hour later than planned.

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96 SARA S March 11, 2014 at 10:18 am

I got mostly B’s. I blame my mattress! I absolutely hate and and can’t wait to get a new one!

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97 Kari March 11, 2014 at 10:20 am

I’ve been an awful sleeper for years and I try so hard to follow all the tips!

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98 Lisa March 11, 2014 at 10:21 am

I got mostly B’s and was not surprised–I need to work on winding down and clearing those to-do lists in my head at night!

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99 clare @ fitting it all in March 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

definitely same as you – quiet time without electronics at night – is something i need to work on!

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100 Erika March 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

I used to be an awesome sleeper. I would sleep at least 9-10 hours a night and wake up maybe once to go to the bathroom. Fast forward a year and a half and now I’m lucky if I get 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. With a 1 year-old, that’s no surprise. What I’ve learned this past year is that even though I may be tired during the day due to lack of decent shut-eye, I still need to get my butt off the couch and get some exercise. That not only helps my overall health and well-being but it makes getting to sleep so much easier at night.

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101 Nina March 11, 2014 at 10:44 am

Electronics (smart phone!) at night is my problem.

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102 Lorin March 11, 2014 at 10:44 am

I am a moderate sleeper. I could definitely stop using my phone before bed in order to help with sleep. I want to get a sleep app that tracks your sleep patterns. I forget what it’s called.

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103 Alex @ Kenzie Life March 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

I used to have chronic insomnia that go so bad I had to go to a sleep clinic for it (when I was in college!) I remember last January it got to the point where I only got 2 hours of sleep a night for a week and because I was so tired, I fell asleep during doctor’s appointments and couldn’t drive myself anywhere because it would have been dangerous for me to do so. And I was on prescription sleep meds! It was awful. I’m so grateful I was able to find a way out of that but when I went back to school for my post-bacc I started falling into the student trap of being up later than I should’ve to study. When I started being more efficient with my studying and prioritizing sleep, not only did I start doing even better on my exams, but I got a lot more done. Sleep is everything!

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104 Meg C March 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

I got mostly B’s but I think that will change now that I am able to get outside and go for longer runs.

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105 Jessica R March 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

While not mentioned in the quiz, I’m terrible about getting up the first time my alarm clock goes off. I always hit snooze a few times (which I know is terrible for sleep!). Definitely something to work on.

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106 Ashley March 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

I definitely need to be better about putting down the electronics at night before bed. Even though I usually don’t have a problem falling to sleep, this would probably be a good thing to do regardless.

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107 mel March 11, 2014 at 10:56 am

I do sleep much better if I exercise!

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108 Becki @ Bites 'n Brews March 11, 2014 at 10:56 am

I’m in the electronics club. Definitely need to turn those off earlier in the evening instead of reading blog after blog!

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109 Hannah Kahn March 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

I am a horrible sleeper and always get up to go to the bathroom I have been using the white noise app to try and help. but am always tired. of course I have an energy spurt at the end of the day when I leave work (ha who doesnt) I do have my phone with me in bed and it needs to stop.

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110 Molly March 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

I definitely need to get to bed earlier every night as my toddler is an early riser.

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111 Emily S March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

I need to turn off the electronics before bedtime!

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112 Rachelle March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

I am a B, but I learned that I still need to go to bed at the same time on the weekends the same as week days because if I don’t, Mondays and Tuesdays are recovery days on sleep.

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113 Kelly E. March 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

I need to put my phone down way before bed. As it is now, I stay up an hour or more longer than I intended. It’s ridiculous!

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114 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 11, 2014 at 11:06 am

I could definitely improve my stress levels!

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115 Melissa Campbell March 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

Great timing for this post…I woke up at 3:45 this morning with my little one….who never went back down! :) I need to be better at going to sleep when she does!

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116 Laura P March 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

I don’t think I’ve had regular sleep since my youngest was born 11 years ago. She still has sleep issues. The sleep disruptions are down to a minimum but now I’m in my 40s and the dreaded change is starting and I truly believe it is messing me all up. I do most of the tips but I could start to drink tea at night and possibly stop reading on my e-reader.

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117 Hyedi March 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

I got mostly B’s. My biggest area of improvement is getting in more quiet time before bed!

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118 Barbara March 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

I am a good sleeper…BUT I do not yet have a baby :)

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119 Jennifer March 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

I need to put my phone away before I go to sleep. Eek!

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120 avskk March 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

I’ve learned that alcohol may knock you out initially but it actually disrupts sleep throughout the night!

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121 Elle March 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

I am tied between B and A — I need to get better at always reading before bed. No cell phones, not laptops! Reading relaxes me and always puts me to sleep and yet I can’t seem to stick to the habit!

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122 Victoria R. March 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

I need to work most on “freeing my mind” at night. As soon as I turn off the light, my mind races and reflects on everything from past to future. It’s frustrating and usually keeps me up for another 20-30 minutes.

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123 brittney March 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

I need to sleep more. I work late and then wake up when my boyfriend gets up for work. We need to stop watching Game of Thrones and go to bed!!

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124 Sarah March 11, 2014 at 11:27 am

I got mostly B’s. I need to get more exercise! Being a full-time working mom, I just often feel guilty spending time away from my kids.

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125 Kate March 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

I definitely need to stress less and get more sleep! I know I am not doing much good for my body. :(

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126 Laura March 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

I’m gonna try out having herbal tea before bed!

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127 Allison March 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

I can sleep quite soundly, but I need to make a conscious effort to go to sleep earlier – no last minute projects before bed, no playing games on my ipad. This post is a great reminder of how much better I feel throughout the day when I am consistently getting enough sleep!

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128 Allison March 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

My husband snores and that greatly disrupts my sleep.

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129 Julia March 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

I got 3A’s and 2B’s….I think I would usually have more A’s but i’m graduating college soon and probably a bit more stressed than normal!

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130 sara March 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

The comment from avskk is mine. I logged in with my other account by mistake.

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131 Holly Marie Thomas March 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

I scored mostly b. But I sleep like a baby! I’m OUT the second my head his the pillow. I can sleep anytime. Anywhere!

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132 Tracy March 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

I learned that I should be getting more sleep! Although I scored mostly A/Bs my # of hours is too low!! I have the ability but self-limit my hours of sleep by setting my alarm too early.

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133 morgan March 11, 2014 at 11:43 am

I’m a big sleeper too. I can’t imagine being someone who can survive on 5-6 hours of sleep. If I don’t get at least 7, I’m a zombie!

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134 Anu March 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

I need to stop browsing on the web and get to bed earlier!!

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135 Kelley March 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

I’m mostly A’s and a couple of B’s. I was blessed with a baby who sleeps through the night. But the mental energy I need to get through the day now is crazy! I’m exhausted just by thinking about packing her lunchbox, washing her blankies, where did the pacifier go? How did that sticker end up on my cabinet door? etc. There’s not enough sleep in the world that can turn off my brain from keeping that all straight! So I feel grateful to clock 9 hours of sleep a night. I need all the help I can get!

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136 Heather c March 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

I had all B’s…I LOVE sleep but my littles don’t. Maybe someday I can lure them to the dark side :)

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137 Katie March 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

I got mostly A’s, however I’m still recovering from the newborn days & the 6-8 month times!

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138 Erin m. March 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

I just got a new bed and I sleep so much better than on my old mattress. I love it! I need to get room darkening curtains next!

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139 Indhu March 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

I read some non-fiction which lulls me into sleep :)

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140 Eleonora March 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I should definitely go to bed and wake up always at the same time, but it’s something I really struggle with!

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141 Patricia March 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I got mostly Bs. I think I need to exercise more!

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142 Mary Happymommy March 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I know I should read before bed to relax.

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143 Andrea March 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I got all Bs and it pretty much describes me as a sleeper! I am really bad to turn off the technology so that I can clear my head before I hit the pillow. I’m going to try some breathing exercises and meditation just before bed and as soon as I get up to try and control my monkey mind :)

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144 Chelsea L March 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I could certainly work on not using my phone before bed! I like to use it as time to catch up on blog or facebook reading, but I really should cut down before bed.

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145 Liz R March 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I got mostly B’s. I think exercising and eating right help alot to feeling rested and healthy. I try to get to bed pretty regularly every night, I think this helps alot.

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146 jm March 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Interesting quiz and information. My book reading habit has always cut into my sleep!

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147 Kristin March 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I got mostly B’s. I know I need to work on turning off the tv and putting down my phone before I get into bed.

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148 Brittany M March 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I definitely need to learn to put the phone down before bed! I usually crawl into bed and end up staying pup half an hour later on my phone. It doesn’t prevent me from falling asleep quickly its just a bad habit I would like to break.

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149 Rachael March 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Mostly Bs! I definitely need to get better about turning off electronics before bed!

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150 Angie Ouhl March 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I rarely get a good night’s sleep which makes me more susceptible to poor eating choices.

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151 Julia March 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

ALL C’s EXCEPT THE LAST ONE! Sad story. I have a two year old and a 9 month old, I work full time, and my husband is rarely home. I’m at the gym at 5am, showered and at work by 7. I get home at 4pm, make dinner, feed both kids and get the youngest into bed before my husband is even home. I stay up too late doing necessities like cleaning up dinner, making baby food, and doing the endless laundry, and then get up and do it all over again the next day. This is such a strange time of life – I want to savor every moment with my little girls, but feel like I’m barely surviving.

But I’m sure you do not care about my sob story :) Moral of the story: I am crazy jealous of your 9-10 hours of sleep a night! I can’t even imagine.

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152 Mary March 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Writing down things that are bothering me and setting them aside for tomorrow would help me sleep much, much better! This would allow me to forget my worries for the night and focus on them with fresh eyes and renewed energy in the morning.

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153 Amber Schumann March 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Moderate Sleeper. Expected that…I have a toddler, a traveling hubby, and a full-time 8-5er. I think the biggest thing that helped my stress level (6 months ago I would’ve FAILED this quiz) is accepting the messy house and unfinished projects so that I can just go to bed shortly after the little one goes down. And on weekends too during her naptime… Although when I do get a nap in on the weekends, it definitely goes longer than 45 minutes. I might try to switch that one up!

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154 Linda March 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

i definitely need to put away the laptop before bed!

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155 Kate March 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I’m a great sleeper! I am in bed before 9 to read for a bit and then I sleep till I get up to go to the gym at 5 am. I think that exercise and keeping that routine helps my amazing sleepability!

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156 Erin March 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I just need to get more sleep…period!

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157 Nana Phyllis March 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I find the older I get, the less sleep I need. I now sleep about seven hirs a night and have good energy in the morning. I try to get out for a long walk afternoons to boost my energy level. I do sleep soundly and rarely wake up during the night.

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158 Tonya March 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Last night I had a cup of Yogi Bedtime Tea. zzzzzzzzzzzz’s all the way. Oh, plus I recently got a lovely new bed and tempurpedic mattress. Looove bedtime now!

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159 Saemi Yi March 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm

For me, I see a big difference between 7 and 8 hours of sleep! 9 is even better, but once I hit over that, I wake up with a HUGE headache.

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160 Romana March 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I discovered I am a moderate sleeper! It makes sense since I am so busy with grad school right now, but I should make an attempt to get more because I know how much it will improve my concentration. Here’s to a regular 11-6, at least!

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161 Megan March 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I could definitely cut down on screen time during quiet time! But with two little kids, it seems like the only time I have to catch up on what’s happening in the world! Love my sleep too! Hooray for kids sleeping all night! Once Mazen gets older, you should check out the ok to wake clock — total life saver with our 3 year old!

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162 Katie March 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

My sleep issues are basically all from my wonderful 7 month old. I love his snuggles all night long, but we’re up at least 3 times every night. I do need to be better about putting down my ipad or phone after I’ve gotten him back down and just crashing again.

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163 Nancy March 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I love to stay up late but life does not allow me to sleep in very much :) I need to get better about forcing myself to bed at a decent hour at night!

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164 Holly G. March 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I scored mostly As on the sleep quiz, BUT I do know that I would function even better during the day if I took pains to go to bed and wake up at the same times every day. It’s so tempting on the weekends to sleep in until noon, but that definitely makes it harder to wake up at 7:30 when the work week starts again…

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165 Brooke March 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I have learned to cherish sleep as I get older — a good night’s sleep is vital if I want to be productive at all! I could really work on my quiet time, though. Reading my book would be much better than browsing on my iPad.

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166 Laura Portz March 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I’m a moderate sleeper. I’ve always needed 8-9 hours! Watching TV in bed is what I need to give up!

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167 Lori March 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Sleep Tip: Stay away from too much dark chocolate before bedtime!

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168 Carla March 11, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I never realized that restlessness might be a sign of a lack of sleep!

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169 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run March 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

i got mostly b’s… more naps please!

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170 Kate March 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I get about 7 hours of sleep and feel well rested, but would like to get closer to 8 hrs.

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171 keilah March 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Mostly Bs for me. I know I could benefit from some quiet time before bed but I just can’t seem to make myself do it!

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172 Jackie March 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I need to turn off the tv!

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173 Heidi March 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I need to stop checking my phone when I’m laying in bed. And, I need to go to bed earlier! I just can’t seem to quit the day!

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174 Christina C March 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I need to try an eye mask or blackout curtains

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175 mama March 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I should not fall asleep to the tv, but its soooo hard!!

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176 Lauren March 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I would seriously benefit from better sleep – I am going to try sipping tea before bed!

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177 Caroline March 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I love the “Free Your Mind” tip. I’ll sometimes have nights where I feel like I can’t turn my thoughts off so writing them down before bed would definitely help!

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178 Heather March 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I need to give up electronics before bed. No more checking email or pinterest one last time before I try to go to sleep.

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179 Karen March 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I would love to get 8-9 hours a night, but I am lucky with 7-8. I am working on my 12 and 15 y.o. to make sure they get enough. I will have them take the quiz!

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180 Ashley March 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I’ve been doing better about no electronics in the bedroom at night, but the moon is what drives me crazy! I need to start wearing my eye mask!

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181 Alana March 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I am so bad about going to bed and getting up at the same time! I need roughly 8 hours of sleep, but I actually get anywhere from 7-9. I need a better schedule! Thanks for the tip :)

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182 Ali March 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm

My son just turned 1 years old and is still waking up every 3 hours at night. Some nights are better than others, but needless to say, I’m exhausted. I am now functioning on a level of tired that’s manageable, but it’s been well over a year since I’ve slept anywhere near through the night.

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183 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

I feel for you!

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184 Abby March 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I scored mostly B’s but I would gladly take nap any time of day…I have cut out the TV before bed most nights and I am amazed how fast I fall asleep.

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185 Isis March 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I answered mostly B’s to the quiz… I think my biggest downfall is not going to bed/waking up at a consistent time. Also, not using any technology in bed… Instagram is my downfall.

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186 Ellen March 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I scored mostly A’s on the sleep quiz. As a nursing student, sleep is vital to my functioning and performance on a daily basis! Sleep and I are pretty close. :)

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187 Caitlin Zellers March 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Chamomile and Lavender tea is my nightly ritual

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188 Ann Duncan March 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I have a 4 month old and sleep is hard fought for both of us :)

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189 Caroline March 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I could also use more sleep.

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190 Lisa N March 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I am mostly B’s! I guess I can use a little work.

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191 Lindsey @ The Hungry Hydrologist March 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

While I love sleep, I have to say this World Sleep Day is going to interfere with Pi day…

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192 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

Haha

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193 ErikaMC March 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I scored mostly As but could definitely get more sleep – sometimes it’s only 5-6. Before I was pregnant I could sleep with all the lights on and then when I got pregnant I had to have it pitch dark. Now again I’m back to being able to sleep with light coming in the room but maybe I would have less wake ups during the night if it were dark again.

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194 Jess G March 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

B’s which was surprising I expected to be a pro sleeper. I could use some destressing techniques before bed.

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195 JennieM March 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I am moderate…mostly Bs…I didn’t realize that mindless surfing is not my “down time” before bed…will work to change that.

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196 Sarah March 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I need to give myself more quiet time before bed. But I also find I have more trouble sleeping if I haven’t been exercising regularly. Can’t wait for spring and warmer weather!

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197 Allison March 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I always need the tv on to fall asleep, but I sleep like a rock. I hate getting up in the mornings during the work week, and I loooove sleeping in on the weekends! I love sleep so much!

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198 Rachel March 11, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I get plenty of sleep, especially for someone with a one-year-old. But I could do better with exercising!

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199 Gwen Y March 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I scored A and B’s, but I know I could maybe cease before bed television…

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200 Ashley March 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Kath, will you do things differently with baby #2? In terms of sleeping arrangements/training? Thanks!

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201 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 7:59 am

Probably not that much but I will try to do the pause before going in so quickly

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202 Laura March 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I am a moderate sleeper. I need to work on turning off the electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, and I need to try to be more consistent with how many hours I get!

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203 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I need to stop using my phone when I wakeup in the middle of the night!

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204 Alexa March 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I scored mostly B’s, and I know if I didn’t watch TV or sit on my smart phone before bed it would probably help!

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205 Kristen March 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I love sleep and I’m a pretty good sleeper, but I’m a good napper too…and when my naps end up lasting 3 hours, my sleep that night suffers :(

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206 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Definitely can improve on turning off electronics before bed!

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207 Shel@PeachyPalate March 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I used to survive on about 5 hours…now I just NEED 8! I think when you’re active during the day your body just craves and genuinely needs more. I was living off adrenaline before! Only downside is needing a nap if there’s a night out on the agenda!

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208 Andrea March 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I got a lot of B’s! Even though I sleep a good amount each night (usually 8+ hours), I could be more focused during the day. I usually have a lot on my mind.

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209 Amy March 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I put myself to bed at the same time each night. Even if I don’t feel tired, I usually fall asleep!

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210 Liz R. March 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I didn’t realize that 7 hours of sleep is in the B category, grouped with 6 hours! I typically get 7.5, but looks like I should strive for that .5 hours more sleep. In addition, when I am distracted at work it’s because I’m reading blogs like yours :)

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211 Andy March 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I need to lay off the caffeine!

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212 Cheri Armour March 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I definitely don’t even want to take this quiz, because I know exactly what it will tell me! Stop doing work so close to bed, set a specific bedtime and stick to it, blah blah blah! I know I need to change, but I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed over the last few weeks I just don’t know where to start to revamp my sleep schedule!

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213 Rachel March 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

A mix of As and Bs. Decreasing stress would help me a lot but that is easier said than done! :)

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214 Autumn March 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I love my sleep and always attempt to get 8 hours, even with a job and a one year old!

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215 hilary March 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

pro sleeper. :) reading helps

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216 kate March 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I have trouble with waking up in the middle of the night. Maybe some sleepy tea then would help.

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217 Rachel S. March 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I knew about the no eletronics thing, so my husband and I established when we first got married that the only electronic device allowed in our room was the alarm clock. I have kind of done the same with my kids except for them it’s their sound machines.

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218 Beca March 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I really should turn off my phone before going to bed. It typically buzzes/beeps a couple of times after I go to bed, and it interrupts my early sleep — that can’t be good!

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219 sarah d March 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I got mostly b’s… i think putting away electronics before bed is my biggest challenge!

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220 Jen March 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

getting to bed at an decent hour!

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221 Tierney S March 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I don’t have an issue falling asleep but maybe some sleepytime tea will make it even more relaxing!

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222 Lisa March 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I answered mostly As, but I’m pregnant and a stomach sleeper so sleep has been a battle the last few months! Only about 2 more months of this plus a year of infancy and I’ll be able to sleep better!

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223 Tory March 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Oof I gotta cut back on my longggg naps and cell phone time before bed.

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224 Annie March 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Tucking the electronics away for sure!

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225 SARAH March 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I AM NEARLY A PRO SLEEPER!!

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226 Avery March 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

According to the quiz I am a sleep pro but I am often woken up a bit too early by the sun- but it is hard to be annoyed when the sun is shinning!

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227 Christin March 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I definitely need to wake up regularly at the same time but that’s really difficult when I work at 6 am 3 nights a week and then… well… weekends I’m just a normal college kid! But something to keep in mind for sure.

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228 ann March 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I need to go to bed and wake up at the same time. I try to catch up on lost sleep on the weekends but have to get out of that habit. I scored mostly b’s.

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229 Caity March 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

I’m a terrible snorer! Eeks! Otherwise scored pretty well on the Sleep Quiz. :)

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230 Jack O'Brien March 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

I definitely DO NOT sleep enough. Thank you med school. Never enough coffee and the days that I have off I cherish when I can sleep 9-10 hours. Ahhh. I miss college haha

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231 Ashley N. March 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I REALLY need to make an effort to turn off all electronics in bed–such a bad habit!

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232 laura March 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

You know, I feel like I’m not a good sleeper, but actually I’m right on the line between a’s and b’s. I thin they didn’t ask the tougher questions for me! But, I will say, I know I shouldn’t but I watch tv shows on my computer before bed. I’ve found that if I dim the screen to the lowest and watch something I have seen before, so I don’t feel gripped to get to the end, it helps turn my buzzing mind down and I often nod off.

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233 Makenna March 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

I’ve been trying to read before bed–helps take my mind off my day and things I need to do the next day for me to calm down enough to sleep!

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234 Heather Russell March 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I know I don’t get enough “good” sleep. I go to bed between 9-10:30, but I get up at 4:30 AM…not enough sleep

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235 Amanda March 11, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I could definitely stand to unplug longer before bed!

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236 Lisa @ Life as Lisa Knows It March 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I really need to stop looking at my phone right before bed.

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237 Denise March 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I got mostly As and Bs and I generally feel well rested. I only scored myself a B for snoring occasionally, but if my daughter were scoring for me I’m sure she’d give me a C.

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238 Stephanie March 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep!

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239 Erin March 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I need to avoid staying up late and sleeping in on weekends.

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240 Shelby March 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Sleep is my number one priority…that may not be a good thing haha

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241 tara March 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

I need to be more consistent – my schedule is crazy and I need to make it a priority to get more sleep!

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242 Mary March 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm

My worst habit (according to the sleep tips) is watching TV before bed. I justify it by saying that it helps me take my mind off of things before I try to fall asleep ;-)

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243 Caylin March 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

My sleep has improved over the last few months when I started going to bed when I began to get tired and not holding out for more time on the laptop or reading. Your body is telling you what it needs :)

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244 Layla March 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I scored mostly Bs. My problem is waking up all night

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245 melissa March 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

i’m a terrible below normal sleeper…. this confirms it!

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246 sally March 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I need to work on keeping my room dark!

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247 Chelsea March 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I need to get better at putting my phone down a while before bed!

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248 Kim March 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

lots of reading, and zero tv!

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249 Emily @ Life on Food March 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I am mostly a pro sleeper but stress with work keeps me up sometimes.

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250 Jamie March 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

sleepy time tea, shower and fresh pjs! love my routine

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251 Leah March 11, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Ugh, I absolutely LOVE sleep but haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep in over 6 months. Much needed break from work and school!

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252 Beth March 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I definitely need to unplug the phone and IPad before bed!!!

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253 Lani March 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I got all b’s and definitely need to unplug and make my sleep more sacred.

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254 Amanda March 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

I should go to bed earlier since my baby wakes me up at least once a night, but it is so hard to give up those few hours of kid-free time…

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255 Sara March 11, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I got pretty good marks on that quiz, but know I need to starting turning the TV off earlier! When my alarm goes off each morning it’s paaaiinful!

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256 Emily March 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

That sleep training works! And now after 7 months I am sleeping, too :)

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257 Stephanie March 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I don’t take naps often but when I do they are at least an hour and a half. Great article!

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258 Cori R. March 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I’m working to read a paper book before bed and not stasre last the TV or get sidetracked with the internet reading on my tablet. Fun quiz!

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259 Christine H March 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

All A’s, one B. The B was for attention span. I have boys and they like to talk a lot, so I try to pay attention but after awhile…..:)

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260 Amy March 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I got mostly B’s…absolutely need to decrease the electronics usage in bed!

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261 megan March 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I’m a “b!” While I love to go to bed “early” (by 10ish) and wake up a 6:30 every morning for work, and don’t sleep past 7ish on the weekends, I wake up numerous times at night due to sleeping with my yorkie, Madi and hearing the loud snores of a sleeping husband! Sacrifices for those you love :-)

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262 Maggie March 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I got mostly B’s. I definitely need to learn to put the technology away before climbing

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263 ari March 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I am on my phone/computer up until the minute I go to bed, so I know that I need to set down electronics at least 30 minutes before bed time. Also, I just don’t get enough sleep because of a very busy schedule of graduate school and full time work, hoping this will improve once I graduate in the spring. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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264 Andrea P March 11, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I need to work on getting to bed and up at the same time everyday. I travel quite a bit for work and my trips always throw me off.

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265 Erin A. March 11, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I just desperately need to go to bed earlier! And dedicate a little technology free unplugging time :-)

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266 Cate March 11, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I answered with a number of Bs, so I could do better. My biggest issue is getting my brain to shut off as I try to get to sleep. Once I am asleep, thankfully, I usually stay that way.

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267 Shannon Ball March 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I must unwind from computer an hour or more before beddy-bye

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268 Mandy March 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I got mostly As too! What about Matt with the bakery hours? Does he nap or go to bed early to compensate?

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269 KathEats March 12, 2014 at 6:09 am

He gets in bed very early on those nights and naps if he does them more than one day at a time.

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270 Tara March 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I have a sleep disorder and I can honestly say that sticking to a routine is what works best for me.

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271 Sarah BETHr March 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Melatonin has helped me sleep immensely. I use to be a sound sleeper when I was younger. The adult age and stress has made me quite the anxious sleeper. Melatonin allows me just the bit of comforting sleep I need!

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272 Jen Sprague March 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

You know, I would have thought I would have mostly B’s and was surprised to see all those C’s! I don’t toss and turn a whole lot, but I do work long hours at a stressful job and leave little time for sleep – I stay up too late and get up too early. I definitely need to evaluate my nighttime habits and try getting to bed earlier!

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273 Becky March 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Mostly B’s… I know it’s from a smaller bed that I share with my husband. We are waiting to move and then we are getting a king size bed! :)

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274 Lindsey March 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

With an almost 8th month old, sleep is still hit or miss. I got mostly B’s so I’ve got some work to do,

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275 Armeen Ali March 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

I work the night shift so my sleep habits kinda tend to get crazy, need to find a good balance on my days off. I’m also in the guilty of keeping my phone next to me as I sleep. Gotta un-plug and relax before I sleep.

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276 Sarah March 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I got mostly B’s, and I’m usually a good sleeper. I do wake up throughout the night :( As a teacher, my bedtime is between 9:30 and 10 so I can make my 5AM wake up call. Time for zzzz’s!!

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277 Amye March 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I could do better about electronics at night!

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278 Elisabeth March 11, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I definitely need to be better about going to bed/getting up at the same daily. It’s hard when working night shift…

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279 Christy March 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Failing with the quiet time – need to unplug (as I lay in bed typing this!)

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280 Emma March 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Reading a book really helps me fall asleep!

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281 Alicia March 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I need to get away from screens before bedtime.

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282 Hillary March 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I learned that naps should be limited to less than 45 min! Need to follow your sleep habits, great job Kath!

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283 Brenna Caldwell March 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I really need to find a way to decrease stress before bed. That will be a project for me. I do not have any designated down time either during my day which I feel could be really positive for me.

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284 Kathryn March 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I need to put away my phone earlier!

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285 Sarah March 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I scored mostly B’s but that doesn’t surprise me. I have a two year old who has suddenly started to wake up in the middle of the night. Every night.

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286 Laura March 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I know I should do better at the quiet time in the evening, but it’s sometimes my only chance to catch up on my e-mail!!!!

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287 Leah March 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

I need to stop looking at my phone in bed, it keeps me up!

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288 Jessica March 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Sleep is one of the reasons I wanted to have my second kid relatively soon after my first… get the constant nursing and little sleep over with before I get too used to great sleep, lol. :D

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289 Andrew G. March 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I can definitely improve on the quiet time! Usually if I’m not studying or going to classes, I’m on my computer (like right now). I’m sure if I took some time to relax, it would be really helpful. My ideal quiet time would be sketching and writing notes about my day in a Hobonichi planner.

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290 Claire March 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I’m kind of an even split between A’s and B’s but that could be for other reasons right now. In general, I think mostly A’s. My husband on the other hand…..not so hot! Since medical school, I have come to appreciate sleep so much more. I’m sure even more once we have a baby.

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291 DD March 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Need to limit computer time before bed! so hard though, because that’s how I unwind at the end of the day.

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292 Jennay March 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I got mostly B’s. I know I definitely need to improve in the exercising department! I’m working on it slowly. It’s amazing how out of shape you can get without exercising on a regular basis! Most of the time I feel energized enough to get 6-7 hours of sleep each night, but ideally I would like to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep!

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293 Anneke March 11, 2014 at 10:26 pm

While I nap rarely, it’s usually 2 hours or so….. to get in a full REM cycle. Wonder why they say 45 min or less?

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294 theresa March 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

prayer and meditation. I learned that I should probably go to bed at the same time each night. Hard to do. #lifeofastudent

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295 Alanna March 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I got mostly B’s. I know I need to get better at turning off my brain at night. Plus I don’t go to bed earlier enough because of it so I should be getting more sleep!

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296 Ashley Brandin March 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I need to limit my nap times! I don’t let myself nap often but I LOVE the feeling of falling into sleep when I nap, but I often sleep too long. I think if I nap on the couch instead of in bed I tend to stay more awake and get a “Cat nap” and I end up feeling better.

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297 Nicolette Barnes March 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm

When I was on medication, I could sleep for 20 hours easily if not woken up, but now I typically get about 7-8 hours, though I have to take 5 mg melatonin at night to help me fall asleep now.

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298 Rachael March 11, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I could definitely cut back on electronics around bedtime, and work on having a more regular sleep schedule.

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299 Chelsey March 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Sleep is something I have been focusing on over the last few months as I have been struggling with sound sleep. I know I do best on 8-9 hours of sleep, and am not getting near enough. Definitely have issues with turning my brain off, as well as the electronics! Hopefully some small changes will help me in the sleep department.

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300 Tracy March 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm

I learned I need more sleep! Some nights I am so tired I go to bed early, but only after a few of getting only a few hours of sleep!

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301 Brea March 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

I need to go to bed earlier and stop falling asleep on the couch!

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302 Heather @ The Soulful Spoon March 11, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Thank you so much for this giveaway Kathy! I already knew this before I took the quiz, but it simply embedded it in my brain that I need to be turning in earlier, and eliminating nightly distractions like the computer. As a blogger and freelance writer, that’s so hard to do! Luckily, I get plenty of exercise, don’t nap, and get up and go to bed at the same time each day. Unwinding is the hardest part of my routine, and with daylight savings time, I’m cursing it now more than ever!

Thanks again!!:):)

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303 Meghan March 12, 2014 at 12:03 am

I work nights, therefore I sleep during the day which has its own set of challenges: Noise, the bright sun, switching my eating schedule etc. I learned that I have to treat my days exactly as I would nights. That means eating a small meal right when I get home and then going to bed immediately without distractions. Of course, using a sturdy sleep mask and ear plugs has worked wonders too. The quiz also made me realize that I should not feel guilty about getting 8-9 hours even on my days off, even if that means waking up at 5pm if need be.

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304 Anya Lester March 12, 2014 at 12:33 am

If I could only go to sleep and wake up at the same time all the time…

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305 Nicole M. March 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

I got mostly Bs, which doesn’t surprise me at all! And while I always thought it was best for me to get around 8 hours of sleep, I’m starting to realize that I do not go to sleep and wake at the same times. I think I need to work on consistency!

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306 Charlotte March 12, 2014 at 12:55 am

I am bad about getting up at the same time everyday and I think it throws me off!

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307 Melissa March 12, 2014 at 1:42 am

A couple of tablespoons of yogurt always does the trick when I get insomnia.

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308 wendy r. March 12, 2014 at 4:25 am

I have to get better about going to bed at the same time; I’ve gotten so good about getting up at the same time (and sometimes earlier!) without an alarm most days, but it’s the getting in bed part that flummoxes me sometimes!

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309 Ariana March 12, 2014 at 5:58 am

I was sure I was gonna be all As (I love my sleep), but w a 6mo still nursing at night, I had a lot of B answers! I use my iPhone too much during nighttime wakeups too, cutting into my total sleep and prob quality too, according to the quiz!

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310 Cait Byrnes @ SaturnRainchild March 12, 2014 at 6:36 am

I vary between being a moderate sleeper or a terrible sleeper. I’ve been trying to be more conscious of turning off my phone/computer before bed, but theres something so relaxing to me about skimming pinterest before sleeping!!

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311 Leah March 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

I learned I am a pro sleeper

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312 Sara March 12, 2014 at 6:54 am

I scored mostly A and B’s.. Which is great considering I’ve had to adjust when I moved in my fiancé(he is definately an early morning and early to bed kinda guy) 6 months ago. He was lovely and purchased darkening blinds which were helpful. I need darkness to sleep. I also found getting on his schedule helps, even though its really hard waking up at 5:30am.. it has allowed me to be tired and ready for bed at 9 or even 8pm! I do however need a good eye mask, and would LOVE to know the one you use. Thanks!!

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313 Susan March 12, 2014 at 7:46 am

I need to learn to not nap for so long when I do! It’s so hard though!

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314 Tina B March 12, 2014 at 7:50 am

I had been really good at getting 8 hours of sleep a night, but now I wind up texting my bf until very late because it’s the only time we have to talk. I want to spend the time with him, but have to find a way to get back to my 8 hours again. I also have an “alarm-cat” that wakes me every morning right on schedule to be fed. She doesn’t care if I’m going to work or not. 5:30 every morning.

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315 Trisha March 12, 2014 at 8:10 am

Sleep is so important to me! I am very consistent in when I go to bed and when I wake up, and I love getting over 8 hours!

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316 Cathy Miller March 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

I need to leave my cell phone in the other room. It’s so tempting to see what’s going on before I fall asleep. :P

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317 Paige c March 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

I scored one more B than A, I sleep really well some nights and then awful other nights, I tend to wake up a lot and could always use amid afternoon coffee

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318 Kate March 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

Mostly B’s for me. With two kids (1.5 and almost 4), night time is the only time for me and the hubs to spend time together so we find that we don’t turn out the light as early as we should..

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319 Molly March 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

I scored “moderate sleeper” but I do have to say that I usually would have scored as a “pro-sleeper.” Lately, I have had so much work and too much stress that it is disrupting my usual sleep habits. Maybe some yoga or meditation will help!

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320 Natalie March 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

I can assure you I have impeccable sleep hygiene… but I’m still a bad sleeper. I fall asleep very quickly but wake up after 6h and can’t fall back to sleep. Housesitting next week and I’m looking forward to a reset: I’m challenging myself to not use any artificial lights (including screens) after it gets dark. Hopefully it’ll work! (and carry on after the week’s over)

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321 Monica D March 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

I need to get better about not using technology right before bed!

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322 Bethany March 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

I need to start going to bed when my 3.5 month old (who appears to be starting his 4 month sleep regression already!) goes down at 7:30pm. It’s my only shot of getting a longer stretch of sleep at night.

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323 Eva March 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

Great quiz — I am a pretty good sleeper but sometimes I may sleep too much! Thanks for sharing

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324 ashley March 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

I learned I need more sleep, but I have a 4 month old…

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325 Donna March 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

I’ll need to try the tea before bed thing…

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326 Ann Paquette-Lukens March 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

I got mostly Bs, but I think it’s because I have twins that still wake me up at night. I’m going to try to go to bed earlier & that should help!

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327 Dani March 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

Getting to sleep on time to get in at least 7-8 hours is the biggest hurdle for me. I have to get up early (4:45am), so this is crucial! It’s difficult to do, but I’ve been getting good at letting everyone know I am a grandma and have a 9pm bedtime! :)

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328 Michelle March 12, 2014 at 10:57 am

I scored mostly Bs. I had heard a lot of this sleep advice before, but found the whole idea of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day pretty interesting.

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329 jamie March 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

With an 8-mo. old, my sleep habits are slowly improving again! I agree–it HAS to be a priority!

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330 Kellie March 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

I took the quiz and scored mostly all B’s. Generally, I fall asleep really quickly and am out until around 1-3am when I get up to use the bathroom, then go right back to bed. I do struggle with night sweats all throughout the night (I’m only 28 – not menopausal), and lately I have been waking up because of being uncomfortable as a result of that. This blog post is very interestingly timed as I have been trying to figure out if there is something that I am doing that might be contributing to poor quality sleep. I exercise regularly, avoid caffeine beyond breakfast, rarely ever watch TV and limit screen time in the evening. Perhaps a lighter-weight blanket will help with the sweats.

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331 Kris March 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

I have a REALLY bad habit of falling asleep on the couch during the week, but I’m trying to break it!

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332 Baila March 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I could definitely work on going to sleep at the same time every night [I mostly got B’s and C’s so a lot to work on overall!]

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333 Jenny Eaton March 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Thank you for the quiz! Now to nap…

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334 laura March 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I need to turn the phone and computer off before bed….No more late night facebook!!

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335 Amanda March 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I usually drink chamomile tea before bed, but I’m terrible at avoiding the computer or phone while in bed!

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336 Kristin March 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I got mostly Bs…I could definitely limit my technology use before bedtime!

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337 Katie March 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I tend to zone out a bit. It could be because I work at a desk all day and get bored so I either pick up my phone or go online. I need to work on staying focused.

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338 Amy Daf March 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Trying to work on powering down a bit before bed, and after the baby has gone to sleep. No TV, no phone, no tablet so that I can clear my head and get a good nights rest.

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339 Stacy March 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I’m a very disordered sleeper. I only get about 2 1/2 hours of actual sleep a night. 10 hours sounds heavenly.

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340 Kelly March 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I really need to prioritize the quiet time before bed. Not only will it help with calming me down it will eliminate some stress (work related emails before bed are never a good idea!)

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341 Jennifer staebler March 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I need get better about putting down electronics at night and clearing mind before bed.

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342 amyt March 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm

I love to read before bed….always relaxing me.

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343 Devon M. March 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I am a moderate sleeper. I get around 6 hours of sleep each night! I loose a lot of my extra opportunities to get more sleep due to social media. It always keeps me up longer than expected.

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344 Kathleen March 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I need to stop looking at screens at least an hour before bedtime. At 36 weeks pregnant it makes it a little more difficult because ideas (nesting, mostly) are swarming in my head! Definitely need to make quiet time a higher priority before the little guy gets here.

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345 Cameron Merten March 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I did not know that technology like computers, phones, ipads, etc. can cause sleep issues. I am going to turn those things off from now on before bed.

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346 Jessica Mumford March 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Freeing my mind each evening would for sure help me! Perhaps sitting down w/ tea and a pen and paper each evening would be beneficial.

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347 Jessie C. March 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I got B mostly, am a moderate sleeper. I could use the Quiet Time tip to help.

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348 Elena March 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I am a moderate sleeper. I should stop drinking coffee in the evening

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349 Jane March 12, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I need at least 8 hours, and I do get that much which is impressive for a college student! Sipping peppermint tea before bed really helps me.

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350 Tina M March 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I learned that i can have a cup of tea before bed to get more restful sleep

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351 Jen March 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I need to put away the iPhone earlier!

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352 Jaime March 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Sleep is the best! I love sleepy time tea…..

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353 Thomas Murphy March 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I need to Get up and go to bed at the same time everyday.

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354 Heather Hayes Panjon March 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I Took The Quiz, I Learned I’m A Moderate Sleeper, I Should Establish A Routine For A Restful Night’s Sleep.

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355 Laura March 13, 2014 at 5:43 am

I’m a “moderate sleeper” and I could probably try drinking less caffeine during the day!

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356 Kelly March 13, 2014 at 6:48 am

I’m a moderate sleeper!

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357 Christina March 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

It was interesting that lght at night can affect your hormones, and that’s what affects the sleep.

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358 Farah March 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

I need to go to bed and get up around the same time each day! Going to bed early is my downfall…I stay up too late all the time :(

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359 Rachel March 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

I definitely need to work on not looking at my phone while I’m in bed. I always check my email before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning!

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360 Breda March 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

Wow this is timely. Just went to the doctor this week because I can only get 4-5 hours sleep a night. I’m like a zombie for most of the day but start to wake up in the evening. I try hard to keep good habits but didn’t know about artificial lights suppressing melatonin. Very interesting.
Thanks for the post.

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361 Jen March 13, 2014 at 10:46 am

Unfortunately, mostly Cs here. A full time job, an hour commute each way, and too much to do to keep life running smoothly eat into my sleep time. Also I just don’t think I was designed to be an early riser so the 5:15 wakeup time for work is brutal. I never get used to it. And the thought of sticking to that time on weekends too sounds cruel and inhuman!

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362 Sara March 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

I scored mostly Bs. I wake up every single time I move at night. I have my whole life! I don’t know what it’s like to go to sleep and wake up in the morning. That would be incredible. I don’t have trouble falling asleep, I just never have stayed asleep for an entire night for 32 years!

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363 Wild Orchid March 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

I learned that I am a pro sleeper, but I could get more sleep if I moved my workouts from evening to morning.

Thanks for the chance to win!
Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

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364 Lisa Brown March 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

My results: I have a low risk for sleep apnea. The only improvement I can make for my sleep is new pillows; my pillows and hard and so uncomfortable and I need softer ones.

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365 Grace March 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I had way too many Bs… I didn’t realize I wasn’t a good sleeper!

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366 Julie Wood March 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I need to turn off all electronics and the TV before bed one hour because it does stimulate me and cause me to have a hard time falling asleep. Also I need my room to be darker. I need some darker curtains to keep out the light!

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367 Stephanie March 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

i learned the i need more sleep

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368 Tara March 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I learned that I am a moderate sleeper. I could turn the TV off earlier at night.

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369 Danielle F. March 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I got a mix but mostly B. I could definitely use more sleep though.

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370 Hope March 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

My son sleeps well but I’ve been staying up way too late at night and not getting enough sleep.

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371 Jen March 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I’ve had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember. I’ve tried most of the tips listed, but I’ve always dreaded the “keep the same routine” one. I wake up at 5am on the weekdays, so I savor sleeping in on the weekends!

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372 Barbara Montag March 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I learned that a sleep mask would be of great benefit for me.
I’m a moderate sleeper.
Thank you.

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373 Ellie W March 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’m a moderate sleeper. Some nights I definitely have trouble turning my brain off.

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374 Christi March 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I know I would sleep better and not be as tired if I could let go of some stress. This test confirms that so I really want to work on letting go of some of the things I can’t change.

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375 Ashleye March 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I could exercise more to help sleep more soundly!

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376 lauren March 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I need to do all these things! I usually don’t leave myself enough time to sleep though, I just find it hard to end my day and get in bed with enough time to sleep before the alarm goes off for work!

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377 Katie M March 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I learned that artificial lights suppress the production of melatonin…guess that’s another reason it’s not a great idea to fall asleep with the TV on…

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378 Ashley R March 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

I need an eye mask!

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379 Amanda Sakovitz March 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I could use a sleep schedule!

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380 Lisa March 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Would reading a kindle be considered quite time with no electronic devices?…I love the FEEL of a book but sometimes that isn’t always the case!

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381 KathEats March 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I think relaxing your mind is most important. And if it’s not causing you trouble then dont worry…..says the girl answering commentson her phone in bed : )

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382 Kenny F March 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm

put aside my iPod before I go to bed!

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