Sleep: Does a Body Good

I love sleep…

I’ll admit, sleep is easily one of my favorite things to do.  My family has plenty of jokes about my sleep habit. My wife claims that my search for the perfect night’s sleep is like chasing a unicorn. My brother in law tells me how fragile I am if my rhythm is thrown off by even the slightest disruption. While these jokes get plenty of laughs around the house, they are funny because they’re true!  Sleep is uber important to me and one of the most important things I do to try and be successful on a day to day basis.

I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to sleep.  Over the years, I have learned that with what I throw at my body everyday, I need to provide it with the proper rest, so that I can come back the next day and do the same thing.  With a family of five, running a business and training for marathons, my sleep need is generally in the 9.5 hour range. As you can imagine, this is almost impossible to hit. It isn’t just me who thinks this is important either, check out some of these statistics:

We aren’t sleeping well enough...and it’s scary.

Why do we care?

I know, I know, we’ve heard all of these things and we all want to get more sleep.  I’ve tried almost every trick in the book, so I thought I would share a couple of tips with you! The key is making it a priority in your life. Sure, staying up late and binging on Netflix is great, but is it really worth getting sick more often?

It’s not easy to get started, so here are a couple of sleep “hacks” to help you get your sleep hygiene in order!

  • Keep your room dark!


Even the slightest bit of light can affect your sleep cycles.  Close those curtains and if you want to get crazy, buy a sleep mask like me!

  • Exercise, but not right before bed.

Daily, vigorous, exercise is shown to lead to better sleep.  Just don’t do it right before bed or it will take longer for your body to get ready for sleep.

  • No TV in the bedroom.

I know this one is hard, but once you do it, you’ll never look back.

  • Go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time.

A consistent rhythm is key for great sleep.

  • Get a sleep tracker to really see how you are sleeping.

I use Whoop for recovery and sleep, but the Oura Ring, Beddit or even a Fitbit are great choices!

  • Keep your phone out of your room!

This is going to be the hardest.  The blue light and alerts can greatly affect your sleep cycles in a negative way.  Put that thing somewhere you can’t see it and use an old school alarm like this!

I want to hear about what you do to get the best night sleep you can.  Leave your tips in the comments!

Happy sleeping!

- Ryan

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