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Sleep Challenge Wrap-up and Winners

By Marcus | In Challenges | on May 14, 2012

Thank you everyone who chose to participate in the sleep challenge over the last month. While we started with a field of 17 people showing interest, numbers dwindled to a mere 7 that crossed the finish line. Sleep turned out to be a harder challenge than some originally thought!

When I announced this contest I said there were going to be two winners for men and women, each. Now that things are wrapped up, I can announce the categories along with their respective winners.

Taking home top billing for the female with the highest number of sleep hours is Corrine, boasting an average of 8 1/2 hours per night. She just narrowly edged out our previous champion, Anna. For the men, Bryant came in with an average of 8 hours per night. He managed to do this despite his average dropping each week (P.S. that’s not a good thing, buddy!).

For the other category — most improved — Holley takes the female prize. She has managed to carve out an extra 30 minutes of sleep per night on average and hopefully can keep up the good work! Our most improved male started off the challenge with the comment: “Finally a challenge I can do, I’m in” and he certainly stepped up to the plate. While AJ had let a cereal bar lead him astray during the Whole9, he was able to seriously improve his sleep over the course of this challenge.  He started off with an alarmingly low average 4hr 15 min of sleep in week 1, but was able to add an extra 90 minutes of sleep to his average by the end of the month.

To the winners, I will be contacting you with your prizes today.

Well done everyone, and hopefully you learned something new during the last 30 days. Have you found improved sleep or recovery from your workouts by making changes? Let us know!

WOD 05.14.12

Bench Press 3×5 or Wendler


  • 1 Rope Climb
  • 20 Situps

Rest 2 minutes, then


  • 5 HSPU
  • 10 Ball Slams
  • 15 Double Unders

4 Comments to "Sleep Challenge Wrap-up and Winners"

  • Mark Miller (M^2) says:

    May 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM -

    Good work everyone!

    Curious to hear what the prizes are – knowing Marcus – I would expect meat. :-)

  • Xuan says:

    May 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM -

    Congrats to the winners!

  • Holley says:

    May 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM -

    I really liked keeping a sleep log with notes about my quality of sleep and how I felt when I woke up. I’ve decided to keep logging so I can narrow down my best sleeping habits. Thanks for holding the challenge Marcus and thanks for the prize!

  • james says:

    May 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM -

    There’s this really cool app I use called Sleep Cycle.

    It tracks how long you sleep, how well you sleep, and attempts to wake you up at optimal times.

    I think the best part is the waking up feature. Approximately 20 minutes before your alarm is supposed to go off it will have fewer and lower volume buzzes. Every few minutes it will ring a little louder and a little longer. So you’re eased into it.

    Anyway, I’m super lazy so I just found this to be easier than actually logging everything! http://twitter.com/#!/jsutandyo/status/202114116108824576/photo/1/large

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