My best sleep in years — 1 hack for peak performance.
It was the third night in a row this morning.
I woke up exactly on time. 3.03 AM. I slept so deep! The only thing I remember is putting on my new sleeping mask and falling asleep instantly. I thought I’m a light sleeper, have been for years! I would wake up in the middle of the night a couple of times for some reason, sometimes I’d drink water or go to the bathroom, then go back to bed. I don’t actually remember, when was the last time I slept so well and felt so refreshed in the morning. And I never thought I had any troubles sleeping! Until I felt, what it can be like for the past 3 nights.
Health, our best performance and fitness, our best shape is like that — it’s hard to imagine it can be that good, until you feel it.
If today somebody asked me, what was the best purchase, I’ve ever made under $100, I’d certainly say my new sleeping mask (It was $20). I’m not promoting any particular brand, there are probably many masks that work great, I just happened to get this one.
There are many books, that came out recently on sleep. I read two, by Arianna Huffington, and by Michael Breus (How Your Coffee, Emails And Sex Might Be Failing You). Books about how important sleep is and how it affects the quality of every area of our life — work, creativity, learning, relationships, stress and inflammation, metabolism, hormones production, weight maintenance, life satisfaction, mood and energy levels — anything related to brain activity (that is everything) is affected a lot by the quality of our sleep.
You know what I realized?
Just because I don’t have problems falling asleep, doesn’t mean my sleep quality is good.
Just because you are not morbidly obese, in pain and/or on medications — doesn’t mean you are even close to the healthiest and fittest you!
Made me think, where else I could be underperforming, comparing myself to the sickest majority of our instant-gratification-seeking, self-medicating, depressed and over-stimulated society?
Time to do more experiments…
Speaking of experiments.
My 100 day challenge of consistent workouts (haven’t missed a day!), consistent videos (missed a few), consistent efforts towards my dreams and goals (mostly lessons at this point) is almost over and analysis is coming up soon. Today I’m sharing three VERY important lessons I’ve learned, lessons I intend to use for life.
Just because you believe you have a GREAT idea, doesn’t mean it’s any good, it’s a practical idea that’s gonna work, that’s gonna bring value and income, that people will love.
Say YES to things you are not sure about more often — YES to chances, opportunities, work, meetings.
Be clear about what you want in life. And when the unexpected and unplanned opportunity knocks on your door, no matter how small and insignificant — say YES.
You never know, where you best chance, best opportunity, luck, best job will come from — it might be a conversation on the train at 4 AM Sunday morning. You just never know. How else will life bring your lucky chances into your life, if you don’t take any chances with life?
(If not sure about your vision and goals, definitely say YES often and try whatever comes your way easy)
When you are very clear and passionate about some idea, don’t wait the whole world to say YES to your idea. Anything new and breakthrough-like one day was a crazy idea in someone’s head, an idea that no one believed in. Most of the world is too busy and scared thinking about survival to consider something truly innovative and ground-breaking.
I know, it contradicts lesson number one a bit. But hey, nobody said life was a black-and-white game, there are 50 shades of gray, not mentioning all the colors.
Live. Learn. Change. Adapt. Never stop moving forward. Never stop dreaming.
Healthy lifestyle trivia
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
HEALTH is a DAILY PRACTICE. One bite at a time.
Daily Bite of Health
SAY YES TO SOMETHING UNPLANNED
And here is an extra Bite of Health.
Why you should listen –
- Do you live with an undiagnosed sleep disorder? Evolution suggests such disorders are becoming increasingly common.
- Anybody who has over a 17 and-a-half inch neck has about an 82% chance of having sleep apnea. And 56% of people at some point during an average week will have a bad night’s sleep.
- Why do some people tackle the world best as early birds while others are more effective as night owls?
- What’s your chronotype: are you a lion, a bear, a wolf, or a dolphin?
- Learn how living according to your own chronotype can make dramatic improvements to your life in as little as a week (even if your significant other’s chronotype doesn’t match yours).
- And so much more…