Because I am.
And if you think that sounds culty and weird, you would be right.
Maddie told me that her husband had gotten this new fancy pedometer that he was obsessed with that tracked his steps throughout the day, but also his sleep patterns and I immediately bought two for me and Pete.
See, I have really wonky sleep patterns. It takes me forever to fall asleep always, and I wake up constantly throughout the night. I have tried evverrrything. “Natural” helpers like Melatonin, exercise, various sleep rituals, wine…Nada. I have tried drugs like ambien and lunesta, and while they help me sleep and are ok for emergencies, that is not really how I want to live.
Now Pete. Pete is what I call an aggressive sleeper. He is like the sniper in Saving Private Ryan. He can summon deep sleep in seconds. I take it personally as he seems to race me to get into bed and then the second his head hits the pillow, he is out. And snoring.
So while the pedometer/health thing is cool, I am really in it for the sleep spying.
It is the Jawbone.
That little bracelet goes on your wrist at all times. You download the coordinating “Up” app, and plug in your bracelet into the headphone jack on your phone a few times a day and it syncs and gives you all sorts of stats on your daily steps, calories, resting burn, active burn etc. You can also program it to give you idle alerts so that it gives you a little buzz if you have been sitting still for too long.
Other fun tricks? You can log your food and workouts. You can set alarms on it to wake you up from naps once you have gotten the optimal 26 minutes of rest, and to go off when you are in a light sleep cycle rather than your deep sleep so you wake up refreshed. It tracks your sleep at night and tells you how long you spend in deep/light sleep cycles. How many times you wake up and when. How long it takes you to fall asleep.
Pete and I have been living “UP” for 5 days now. And we have learned lots of things. Like that I have really jacked up sleep cycles.
Sunday night, had a few cocktails and spent most of the night in a deep dark sleep.
Last night, no sleep aids. A whole 3 hours 22 minutes of sleep. And that is all functioning adults really need, right? The orange starts at 3:30 am when I inexplicably awoke, and ends at 4:53 when I gave up hope of sleep.
We have also learned that Pete and I can be really competitive with each other. The app automatically sets your daily step goal at 10,000 steps- which for health is considered the standard because it best represents 30 minutes of cardio and an overall active day. Which is really hard to get to if you don’t have a dedicated workout and spend your day at a desk. The jawbone tracks all that, but you can also join a team so that you can keep track of other peoples updates if you want to. So Pete and I are on a team together and it’s actually pretty fun trying to beat the other ones steps every day.
Some days at the store I am on my feet all day, but lately we have been doing a lot of client work and inventory of new items so I spend a lot of time on my computer. I have an alarm set so every 15 minutes my bracelet buzzes and I get up and run in place or run around the store or the building.
And I know we haven’t done a humiliation diet update in months. I made some more progress after I stopped checking in with y’all and lately have kind of stalled out 15 lbs away from my baby-weight-loss goal. I finally am getting my workload a bit more controlled, and know it is time to start taking better care of myself. I think this might be just the motivation I need to lose the rest of it.
Do any of you have the jawbone? I hate the name. But so far- really love it. Any of you sleep experts out there want to tell me what is up with all of that?
p.s. working on the dining room and our master bathroom posts now.