The last day of the 30 day trial to be in bed before midnight. I did not take into account the clocks going forward towards the end. Just before that happened I noticed something very interesting; by around day 21, which is the usual time taken to establish a new habit, I was noting that I was getting to bed after midnight, in theory, a fail. Fortunately I also noted the actual time I settled into bed and it was 12.30. I asked myself, could this be my optimum bedtime? I slept better on the nights that I went to bed at 12.30 so I assumed that to be the case. When the clocks altered I forgot to note the time I was actually settling to sleep but I know it was after 1.00 when I was getting to bed which would be after 12 in pre. British Summertime, more than likely still 12.30, by my body.
I had expected to experience various benefits of going to bed earlier, especially feeling more energetic or at least not tired. I am still tired, still lacking in energy but at least now I can stop blaming lack of sleep and explore other avenues such as exercise to relieve my tiredness . I will continue my new habit of going to bed earlier than I used to. When I first began the trial my goal was to establish a new habit of being in bed by midnight, to over ride my default behaviour of staying up 'til all hours watching TV or reading e-mail. I didn't establish that habit but I did establish a new habit of being in bed around midnight, and learnt that it's probably my habit of watching soaps instead of getting enough exercise that is causing my tiredness, not lack of sleep.