How to Sleep

How to Sleep

How to Sleep Like a Boss, and Why You Should Want To

It’s damn surprising when you look around and realize that not everyone knows how to sleep.

I mean it seems easy enough right? Lay down, close eyes, fall asleep, wake up X hours later feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. That’s it right?

But then why is everyone always bitching about not getting enough sleep? The reason for this is that people don’t realize how important it is and make it the villain because they can’t get work done while passed out counting sugar plum fairies.

Every great athlete and man sleeps like it’s his job. Ronald Reagan, JFK, Ray Lewis and countless other athletes all focus(ed) on sleep just as much as their nutrition, their training or their leading a country.

Hell, I’m just over 26 and get called an old man on a daily basis because when its 8:45 (2045 for you non-Americans) I’m in bed reading and knocked out by 9:00.

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How to Sleep

Step 1 of learning how to sleep is easy in theory but a pain in the ass to put into practice.

Let go

Let go of what you didn’t accomplish today. Let go of what your boss said to you. Let go of anything and everything that is still on your mind and stressing you out. This is the first step to laying down in bed and having your thoughts run wild…which is what we don’t want.

The easiest way that I’ve been able to do this is to write. Either write in a journal, scratch a few notes on a piece of paper of create a to do list for the next day. Just get the thoughts out of your head and on to a piece of paper where you can look at them when you wake up and decided if it’s still worth thinking about.

Step 2 is a little more uncomfortable, for some, but very important.

Lower your body temperature

Either by taking a cold shower or lowering the thermostat in your house for a few hours before you’re going to lay down. I’ve found that doing both work owners. You’re body will get the most restful sleep when the ambient temperature is between 67F and 70F. Add in the fact that when your body temperature is under the baseline (as it will be when you’re done with your cold shower) that your body starts the production of melatonin and it’s a double whammy. Melatonin is one of the substances in your body that is paramount to getting a restful and full nights sleep.

Step 3 is usually where people start, but also get screwed because they skipped steps 1 and 2.

Lay down and relax

With a clear head and a cool body you should be able to fall asleep in no time. Some people have problems with random noises, so white noise is an option here. I myself live in the woods directly in the approach lane of the Air Force Base I live on. Not to mention the fact that I was an idiot when I first joined the Army who didn’t like wearing ear plugs when firing weapons and the constant ringing in my ears as a result. With those two things combined I’m a HUGE supporter of white noise, in my case a fan that has to be running other wise I literally cannot sleep.

Why you need to know how to sleep

Now that we’ve gone over the how to sleep portion, now it’s time for us to look at the why you need to know how to sleep.

The first reason, and most important if you ask me, is because this is how you’re body recuperates from all the stress and bullshit you put it through on a daily basis. Now this has long been a theory among bodybuilders and athletes, but sadly there haven’t been many studies on this and even fewer backing this theory up. Regardless of if the scientific community thinks that it’s true or not I’m standing behind it. Go train your ass off and only let yourself get 3-4 hours of sleep a night and you’ll see why.

Second is productivity. Whether you’re a cubicle jockey, a soldier or a freelance photographer sleep is a big part of how productive you’ll be at work the next day. You’re thoughts are clearer, more concise and you’re able to make decisions much, much faster.

The third and last reason is that it’s just plain awesome. Seriously, there is nothing better than getting a full, restful nights sleep and waking up ready to take on the day. It sets the tone for the day and is too easy to not do.

 

So there you have it, how to sleep in 3 easy steps with 3 solid reasons why you should make this a priority. Let me get 15 comments below on how you make sure you’re getting a good nights sleep or why you make it a priority and I’ll release my 27 page “Alpha Male FTS Sleep Guide” that has yet to see the light of day.

 

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Comments

  1. I was unaware of lowering your body temperature. While living in my camping trailer in Pennsylvania I had the best sleep aside from B-dad. Both have a few things in common. Trailers are cold no matter what during a PA winter, and the Marine House was kept cold at the embassy. I worked all day welding in a shop (tiring my body) in PA, and since there wasn’t much to do overseas I worked out (tiring my body). Last thing in common, I kept a daily log of my activities at work with both. Reading this makes perfect sense and I back it up completely!

    • mikeinscho says:

      I know what you mean. During the summer in upstate NY I always spend the nights tossing and turning. But then as soon as late fall/winter hit full force I could sleep like a log.

      Glad you liked the article and thanks for your service brother.