In Bed Time = 6hrs 4min 52sec
One of the most difficult things about the Rip Van Winkle Experiment has been having the will power to turn off the world and go to bed. To know when and how to say, “Yup, I’m done”. It’s especially difficult when you may have chores that honestly need doing, a la the ubiquitous dirty dishes, laundry, extra work, bills, hungry cats, ect. (jk about the cats)
Based on the my experience of the past thirty days I've found it remarkably difficult to do this so much that I've only been able to successfully comply with the Rip Van Winkle Experiment on two occasions. Clearly there is something that is not connecting. This experiment is a testament to all the benefits that come about from a full nights sleep. But even knowing that I haven’t been compliant. I’ve written about this difficulty before in the Needs vs Wants, Super Bowl FAIL, and Slack’n Daily Observations. Clearly it isn’t enough to be able to display simple will power, I need a hack to get to sleep.
I reached out to the penultimate authority on sleep and everything paleo lifestyle, Rob Wolff.
@robbwolf any tips on how to actually get to bed on time. I've been working it for 30days and been failing miserably.
@cubesapien Set a timer, when it goes off, TV, computer go off, lights dim, you hit the sack with a book.
So to that effect, I introduce to you e.ggtimer.com. This is the perfect background timer for offering that little extra umph to get off the computer (my major problem) and into bed. Also useful for an at work reminder to take a break.