Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. I took a bit of a break for the holidays, as I was busy getting the girls clothes and toys. This can take up a lot of time, what with the wrapping and the buying of the perfect gifts. Christmas is a lot of work for mothers, and even more so for working mothers. When can you fit it all in? Well, it was a very special Christmas and we all had a fun time. It’s worth it to see the joy on their faces. I hope everyone out there is doing well and had a blast this holiday season.
It’s great to be back writing this blog today. I received a special Christmas gift: the FitBit Charge 2. I tried to get one for myself last year, but it was co-opted by my daughter. Well, now I have my own, in rose gold no less, and I’m discovering all the fun that can be had. I’ve been tracking my sleep for two nights now, and, in case you wondered, yes it is weird to wear this on your wrist all night. But, like all things in life, you get used to it.
This first night I slept for 6 hours and 17 min, with 19% of that being REM sleep, 56% being light sleep, and only 11% being deep sleep.
I know that sleep is important, as I’ve written about it before here. But what is the amount of deep sleep that an adult person in their 30s needs? According to the National Sleep Foundation, when we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed and alert for our daily work and activities. To get the most out of our sleep, both quality and quantity are important. Deep sleep is the part of the night where our bodies repair themselves and build up energy for the next day. This is the stage where tissue repair occurs and the body can detoxify itself. Without enough deep sleep, you can become depressed and very fatigued. If you sleep for 7 to 8 hours a night, about 20% of that time should be spent in deep sleep. People in their 40s or 50s may only need about 10% of deep sleep, and those in their 70s and 80s may need only 5%.
I have a goal now: to increase my deep sleep to around 20% instead of 11% (yikes!). Let’s see how I did the second night:
This was a rough night despite going to bed early. I woke up in the middle of the night, but still got more deep sleep (13%) than the night before. It’s fun monitoring my sleep this way, and I highly suggest you try it. Let me know in the comments section about your sleep successes or failures.