Sleep has always been a tricky area in my life. Over the past 15 years or so, I've gone from being a night owl to an early morning riser, struggling with insomnia to sleeping through alarms, and being such a light sleeper that any noise in the apartment would wake me.
Last year I started to notice that the quality of my sleep was becoming substantially worse but I wasn't sure to what degree. 2020 was not an easy year for anyone and the year brought on new stressors that nobody was prepared for. These stressors began interfering with my sleep, which in turn interfered with my mood, which in turn interfered with my relationships, job, projects, diet, and so on.
The best way I know how to deal with something like this is to observe, record, and modify in small steps to see if the outcome varies. So after collecting a year's worth of sleep data through my Oura ring, I'm happy to share a few numbers and the steps that I will be taking in the new year to help improve the quality of my sleep.
The Sleep Score is comprised of seven contributors:
With a score assigned to my sleep, I can begin taking steps to see if an improvement can be made. For 2021, these are the steps I will be following:
Consistent wake up time - this includes the weekdays and weekends.
Exercise 4-6 times a week
No eating after 7pm
No computer after 8:30pm
Read every weekday evening - preferably a physical book.
Sleep curfew of 9-10pm
Hopefully these steps will help and I'll report back in a year with a much higher score.