How is everyone doing on the sleep challenge so far? Remember, your first week’s log is due tonight in my inbox no later than 8pm.
What seems to be throwing some people is the zero electronics “bonus” challenge. Both Ray and Scott mentioned that they noticed themselves getting sleepy very soon and wondered if they should force themselves to stay awake for the full hour.
Look people — bonus or no bonus, the name of the game here is more sleep. If your body is telling you to get some shuteye, listen to it! If you get sleepy soon after you light those candles, this is telling you a few things:
You see the way the blue lights have been altering your sleep
You probably are not getting enough sleep yet
You should likely push your bedtime earlier
If you push that bedtime earlier and are making a solid 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep, you’ll probably find you will make it through the full hour. Don’t fret, as you will still get the benefit of very relaxed and deep slumber.
Another issue that people brought up is that they wake sooner than they planned. In some cases, much sooner. This is again your body letting you know that something is slightly amiss. This may be due to some overcooked adrenals, which can be any combination of too much stress, too much caffeine, overtraining or a combo platter. A first step you could try is using one of the magnesium supplements that I’ve mentioned before — either Natural Calm or ZMA.
Lastly, I want to leave you with a clip that I saw on NBC’s Nightly News. This segment speaks about shift work (typically referring to those on graveyard shift) and how a recent study found it negatively affects the body. Listen to what few hours sleep these workers are getting as well as their eating habits and the consequences that follow.