I decided to change my behavior experiment from last week. The reason is that I realized that I was working on one, without noticing before.
This is the new experiment:
My father is 58 years old. He is used to wake up at 4 am. So he has a problem. He gets sleepy at 6 pm. Usually after work, he likes to do crosswords, watching tv in a couch, that later, he changes to his bed. So, he is getting to be really early, like 7:30 or maximum 8pm.
My mother always complains that they can’t do anything at night, not even a dinner, because my father is always sleepy.
So we decided that we will do an experiment to see if we can make him sleep at 9 pm, to start changing his schedule.
I try to call my parents through Skype every 2 or 3 days, but for the purpose of this experiment I called them every day for a week. My father enjoy talking with me, so I will use this as the hot trigger of my experiment.
My mother knew about the experiment but she didn’t say anything to my father.
Tracking the experiment:
I called my parents at 7:15pm (colombian time). We talked for half an hour, so they have dinner after and my father went to sleep at 8:30 pm.
I called at 7:25 pm and we speak for 25 minutes. Then they have dinner and my father went to sleep at 8:35 pm.
I called at 7:35 pm and I keep the conversation for 35 min. Then dinner and he went to sleep at 8:35 pm.
I called at 8:00 pm we speak for 20 min. The had already eaten, so after speaking with me, my mother try to do something else to keep him awake and he went to bed at 8:49pm
He went to play golf in the morning and he was tired. He took a nap in the afternoon. I called at 8:20pm. He was awake but since they didn’t have any plans, he was sleepy and he didn’t want to eat anything. After speaking with me for 24 min, he went to sleep at 8:46 pm
He suffers The Sunday Night syndrome. I called at 8:30 pm, and he was sleeping. He try to wake up to sleep with me, but it was only 2 min.
I called again at 8:30 pm. The conversation last 15 min, and my mother brought dinner to him to eat while they were talking to me. He went to bed at 9 pm.
Well, I found out that my Hot Trigger worked. The problem is that there are external variables that doesn’t allow me to control the environment around my experiment.
Weekeds were terrible, they disorganized the work done during the week.
I forgot to ask my mother at my time is he waking up the next day.
So I will keep working with this behavior and tracking this week with some improvements.