21 Early Days Challenge Diary

21 Early Days Challenge Diary
Photo Credit: Jawbone

Photo Credit: Jawbone

During my 21 Early Challenge, I had my Jawbone UP24 with me all the way, supporting my sleep habit and providing me with great data to work with on delivering that information filled 4 article spread which you can read below:

CRUNCHING IN THE NUMBERS


Here's what I learned after crunching in the numbers.

On average, I had only slept 5 hours 42 minutes per week day. That was less than the 6 hours as advertised. Yet, I still felt great.

Changing my sleep pattern during the weekend was not recommended when changing and maintaining a sleep habit, but given my lifestyle, I did so anyway. And still, the data provided by my Jawbone UP24 supports the fact that I am not sleep deprived.

My ratio between (Light Sleep) and (Sound Sleep) was 2 hours 44 minutes and 2 hours 58 minutes respectively.

To put that in perspective, 52.13% of my sleep was Sound Sleep on an average week day. Now, Sound Sleep can still be broken down further to two stages, Delta sleep and REM sleep. As the Jawbone UP24 considers Sound Sleep as sleep without much movement, it was not able to distinguish between Delta and REM sleep.

Update: The new UP3 features the ability to distinguish between Delta and REM sleep with the capability of tracking our heart rate.

Further evidence that I was not sleep deprived from my "extreme" weekday sleep routine was the hours I slept during the weekends, which on average clocked in at 7 hours 43 minutes. This is well within the range of the recommended duration of sleep.

The 21 Early Days Diary: Powered BY JAWBONE UP24


To give everyone even more inside to what it's like to go through the 21 Early Days challenge, here is the Day-by-Day commentary :)

Great for those who are looking to go through this 21 Early Days challenge for themselves, rules can be found here.

Day 1 (Monday): I Found it hard to sleep on Day 1, as shown on the sudden awakening around 11:15pm.

Day 1 (Monday): I Found it hard to sleep on Day 1, as shown on the sudden awakening around 11:15pm.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Day 2 was easier than the first and I got loads of Sound Sleep. The short sleep was after I had done everything I planned to do after waking at 4:30am. So while waiting for the train, I decided to get a 10 minute nap.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Day 2 was easier than the first and I got loads of Sound Sleep. The short sleep was after I had done everything I planned to do after waking at 4:30am. So while waiting for the train, I decided to get a 10 minute nap.

Day 3 (Wednesday): This was the first day where I went back to sleep for 5 minutes after waking up at 4:30am.

Day 3 (Wednesday): This was the first day where I went back to sleep for 5 minutes after waking up at 4:30am.

Day 4 (Thursday): This day was strange. I woke up suddenly at night noticing that my wrist did not have my Jawbone UP24 on. Then I realised that I was sleeping on it. I wondered what made my subconsciously take it out.

Day 4 (Thursday): This day was strange. I woke up suddenly at night noticing that my wrist did not have my Jawbone UP24 on.

Then I realised that I was sleeping on it. I wondered what made my subconsciously take it out.

Day 5 (Friday): This was the first day in which I legitimately overslept. I attribute it most likely to the change in routine as Friday was not a work day, but rather a day where my company decided to host an event where we could all come in later than usual. Don't we just all love the year-end period? =)

Day 5 (Friday): This was the first day in which I legitimately overslept. I attribute it most likely to the change in routine as Friday was not a work day, but rather a day where my company decided to host an event where we could all come in later than usual. Don't we just all love the year-end period? =)

Day 6 (Saturday): Ahhh, my first Saturday. Just look at that amount of rest. I was surprised though that my Sound Sleep was sparse and far apart. Luckily, the overall data suggested that my average level of Sound Sleep was okay.

Day 6 (Saturday): Ahhh, my first Saturday. Just look at that amount of rest. I was surprised though that my Sound Sleep was sparse and far apart.

Luckily, the overall data suggested that my average level of Sound Sleep was okay.

Day 7 (Sunday): I had a much better rest than compared to Day 6. with my Sound Sleep almost doubling that of Saturday's. I also found time to have an afternoon nap!

Day 7 (Sunday): I had a much better rest than compared to Day 6. with my Sound Sleep almost doubling that of Saturday's.

I also found time to have an afternoon nap!

Day 8 (Monday): Having not taken the advice of having a consistent habit being weekday or weekend, my sleep on the first Monday after the first weekend suffered. I had the least amount of sleep on this day than any other in the challenge, and woke up twice - most likely due to my afternoon nap on Sunday.

Day 8 (Monday): Having not taken the advice of having a consistent habit being weekday or weekend, my sleep on the first Monday after the first weekend suffered.

I had the least amount of sleep on this day than any other in the challenge, and woke up twice - most likely due to my afternoon nap on Sunday.

Day 9 (Tuesday): I actually had no recollection that I woke up in the middle of the night.

Day 9 (Tuesday): I actually had no recollection that I woke up in the middle of the night.

Day 10 (Wednesday): I hard a little trouble sleeping from 10:30pm, and only fell asleep at 11pm. But I had one of the best sleep of my entire challenge, I see this day as the standard in which most of my sleep would follow.

Day 10 (Wednesday): I hard a little trouble sleeping from 10:30pm, and only fell asleep at 11pm. But I had one of the best sleep of my entire challenge, I see this day as the standard in which most of my sleep would follow.

Day 11 (Thursday): Much like Wednesday, but with lesser Sound Sleep according to my Jawbone UP24.

Day 11 (Thursday): Much like Wednesday, but with lesser Sound Sleep according to my Jawbone UP24.

Day 12 (Friday): Second Friday of the challenge, same result as the first. I overslept. Same conditions too, as there was a cohesion where we did not need to come to work. It was worrying

Day 12 (Friday): Second Friday of the challenge, same result as the first. I overslept. Same conditions too, as there was a cohesion where we did not need to come to work. It was worrying

I discussed this with a  friend of mine, and his view on it is quite interesting. Here is his take on why I overslept on both Fridays.

There are 2 interesting training of thoughts that one can follow with regards to the situation of oversleeping on Day 5 and 12.
The first possibility is that OKJ’s subconscious body or mind knew that Day 12 was an unusual day, in the sense that this particular day was a more relaxing one.
As such, even though his quality of sleep had not been compromised in the days before, this “want to relax” external factor took precedence, affecting him to wake up later than usual.
The crucial point to note is that this “want to relax” external factor has to be the sole factor/dominant factor in order for this possibility to be even remotely entertained.
The fact that on both Day 5 and 12 (which are unique days in the sense that they did not essentially require him to report to work on a regular timing) adds much appreciated value to this whole argument.
The second possibility is of course oversleeping on Day 5 and 12 was just a mere coincidence which has nothing to do with the “want to relax” external factor.
This argument is an equally valid and convincing one too as it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one could so happen oversleep on two relaxing Fridays.
Day 13 (Saturday): A whole lot of sleep! I got nothing much to report apart from that.

Day 13 (Saturday): A whole lot of sleep! I got nothing much to report apart from that.

Day 14 (Sunday): I accidentally left my alarm clock on at 4:30am. =( But apart from that, I woke up pretty early for a Sunday, feels good to get that early Sunday Sun.

Day 14 (Sunday): I accidentally left my alarm clock on at 4:30am. =( But apart from that, I woke up pretty early for a Sunday, feels good to get that early Sunday Sun.

Day 15 (Monday): It was easier to fall asleep than Day 8 (Monday), but I did abruptly wake up sometime after 11pm. However, I did not recall waking up a second time.

Day 15 (Monday): It was easier to fall asleep than Day 8 (Monday), but I did abruptly wake up sometime after 11pm. However, I did not recall waking up a second time.

Day 16 (Tuesday): This was the best sleep I had for the entire challenge period. I tried something different and was lying on the bed at 9:30pm.  After changing my Jawbone tracker to sleep mode at 10:30pm. I slept a good 2 hours before waking up at 12am, despite it not being reflected here. It is actually quite weird. I felt the same meditative state that I described in my Week 2 article. One of the facts was about how we used to have segmented sleep of 2 periods. I felt I had experienced that. When I woke up at 12am, I initially thought I woke up at 4:30am. It was only after I saw my clock that I realised the time. I then went on to use my phone, surf Instagram and even play a game or two before returning back to sleep. I woke back up at 4:18am naturally and allowed the alarm on my Jawbone to vibrate at 4:30am before getting out of bed. Once again, BEST SLEEP EVER!

Day 16 (Tuesday): This was the best sleep I had for the entire challenge period. I tried something different and was lying on the bed at 9:30pm. 

After changing my Jawbone tracker to sleep mode at 10:30pm. I slept a good 2 hours before waking up at 12am, despite it not being reflected here.

It is actually quite weird. I felt the same meditative state that I described in my Week 2 article. One of the facts was about how we used to have segmented sleep of 2 periods.

I felt I had experienced that. When I woke up at 12am, I initially thought I woke up at 4:30am. It was only after I saw my clock that I realised the time. I then went on to use my phone, surf Instagram and even play a game or two before returning back to sleep.

I woke back up at 4:18am naturally and allowed the alarm on my Jawbone to vibrate at 4:30am before getting out of bed.

Once again, BEST SLEEP EVER!

Day 17 (Wednesday): Much like Day 16, though I did not get that segmented sleep that I experienced. Ironically, the Jawbone UP24 showed that I should have had experienced a better sleep on this day than the day before. Both were great in my opinion.

Day 17 (Wednesday): Much like Day 16, though I did not get that segmented sleep that I experienced.

Ironically, the Jawbone UP24 showed that I should have had experienced a better sleep on this day than the day before.

Both were great in my opinion.

Day 18 (Thursday): It seems my body has finally gotten used to the new sleep routine. 3 days in a role of pleasant sleep!

Day 18 (Thursday): It seems my body has finally gotten used to the new sleep routine. 3 days in a role of pleasant sleep!

Day 19 (Friday): Finally, for the first time in 3 Fridays, I did not over sleep. I attribute it to two factors. One being that it was a normal work day and two being that I am getting used to the sleep routine.

Day 19 (Friday): Finally, for the first time in 3 Fridays, I did not over sleep. I attribute it to two factors. One being that it was a normal work day and two being that I am getting used to the sleep routine.

Day 20 (Saturday): I forgot to turn off the 4:30am alarm again! But apart from that, a good sleep.

Day 20 (Saturday): I forgot to turn off the 4:30am alarm again! But apart from that, a good sleep.

Day 21 (Sunday): This day is a special one. The end of my 21 Early Days Challenge. It is the only weekend that I had to set the alarm. Been writing a lot to ensure all these data and knowledge gets shared! A HUGE chunk of sound sleep as well! A fitting end to my 21 Early Days Challenge.

Day 21 (Sunday): This day is a special one. The end of my 21 Early Days Challenge. It is the only weekend that I had to set the alarm. Been writing a lot to ensure all these data and knowledge gets shared!

A HUGE chunk of sound sleep as well! A fitting end to my 21 Early Days Challenge.