The 5th Challenge for the 2nd Sealy’s Deeper Sleeper panel had arrived when I returned from a few days away from home.
I opened the post from the Sealy team to find a ‘sportline 4202’ pedometer.
The idea of this challenge was to try to walk 10,000 steps a day to see if by keeping active, a deeper sleep could be achieved. The pedometer was to keep a check on the steps.
Not the easiest packaging to get into!
I cut down the edge to preserve the packaging and still couldn’t access the item. Straight through the middle I decided to cut and then it dawned on me that there may be instructions somewhere inside.
I did eventually get into it and rescued the instructions of how to set up the pedometer and on my first attempt, gave up on the programming of the, press mode, press set, press reset, concoction of instructions and perhaps I would try again in due course.
The few days away from home that I mentioned above, was to visit Beamish museum which is near Durham. My husband and I had taken our children Helen and Richard there 25 years ago and Helen wanted to return to the place to show her children.
Although we are only a couple of hours drive away from Beamish from where we live in West Yorkshire, we decided to stay in a hotel which was only a few miles from the town so we could return again using our tickets which when purchased, can be used again and again for a year.
We knew there would be a lot to see and in the end we ended up visiting Beamish on every day of our three days in the North East.
I knew that Helen had an app on her phone which counted steps and the step count for our days walking about in Beamish were as follows:
Being in a family room in a hotel we had to settle down to sleep at the same time as the children. On the Monday night, I achieved 9 hrs sleep of a good quality and some was deep sleep.
On the Tuesday night although the light went out at 9.30, I was still awake at midnight and woke at 4.40. I did manage to go back eventually and slept again until 7 ish. Not the best night’s sleep I have had.
Wednesday night I was back at home in my own bed. I was tired out with not only the activity but with the travelling too and I was asleep by 10.30. I did wake up once and then went back to sleep until 7.30. A great night’s sleep and a deep sleep too.
I think activity and becoming extra tired can make me sleep well although there are other things to be taken into consideration too, as the three nights mentioned above shows. Although I had walked a similar amount on the Tuesday, my mind was active and without a relaxed brain, sleeps eluded me so having lots of activity and just being extra tired, did not make me sleep well on the Tuesday.
Most days I do run up the stairs rather than walk up them and being an old lady only weeks away from being 70, I do feel I am lucky to still be as active as I am. In term time I look after my grandchildren on those days doing the school run, I walk further than on the days when I don’t look after them but it is very unlikely that I will walk 10,000 steps in one day, never mind every day.
Although it is quite interesting to see on a pedometer or perhaps a phone app step counter, just how many steps have been achieved, I know myself if I have been active or less active on a day to day basis and sometimes having a quiet day at home with less activity and more relaxation and therefore less stimulation of the brain works just as well for me in achieving a great night’s sleep and a deeper sleep than becoming excessively tired by having lots of exercise.