Apr
19
2013

SLEEP QUEST 2013

Why so tired Brock?

Since the beginning of February, I have been on a mission for rest, that I call “SLEEP QUEST 2013″. There have been some interruptions to SLEEP QUEST along the way, but for the most part I have been consistently sleeping 8+ hours per night for the last 10 weeks. Before I tackled my SLEEP QUEST, I was eating Paleo, CrossFitting 4 or more times per week, doing my mobility work – basically all of the things I thought I needed to do in order to become a bad-ass. However, I wasn’t feeling balanced; something was off and I could tell because I was feeling crabby, hungry and weak all the time.

Then I started SLEEP QUEST and I will never look back. Here are the rules I set for myself:

  • 8 + hours of sleep per night, 7 days per week
  • No food 2 hours before bed
  • No screens 1 hour before bed (set your phone alarm before sleep time)
  • No caffeine after 11 am (later I also limited myself to only 1 cup per day)
  • Dim all home lights after sunset

 

Many people have asked me about my quest, and when I tell them the rules, the first response I get is a lot of excuses. “But Hannah, I have to be on my Ipad because I, well… it’s really important that I check facebook”, “I can’t go to bed at 9 pm because I have to watch American Idol”, or my personal favorite “I have to drink coffee in the afternoon because I get so sleepy”.

TRY IT! I swear you will notice a major difference in the way you feel, look and interact with the world around you. Here are some major changes I have noticed in myself since the dawn of SLEEP QUEST:

  • Improved mood. Sleeping increases melatonin, which is probably the only reason I didn’t break anything during our lovely April blizzard.
  • Weight loss. Sleeping more = hungry less = weight loss. I like that equation because it’s all equal signs.
  • Bye-bye sugar cravings. Sleeping more increases glucose effectiveness in the body, meaning I have become more glucose tolerant, and don’t have as many teeth-gnashing, midday (late night, early morning) cravings for cookies.
  • Less stress. The more you sleep, the better your cortisol balance becomes. Sleeping more means my body has learned to actually taper off my stress hormones at night so I no longer get a “second wind” at 2 am.
  • PR’s all over the place. Sleeplessness impairs motor function, and can even cause you to overestimate your abilities (“I bet I could push press that…”). Since I have started SLEEP QUEST I had a 40# Deadlift PR, 55# OH squat PR, got my first string of chest-to-bar pullups, and in general have increased my overall bad-assery in the gym.

 

You work hard, don’t you deserve some sleep? What’s preventing you from taking your own SLEEP QUEST?

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    2 Comments

    1. On April 19, 2013 Amanda Redepenning said

      I believe I will be on a sleep quest until my kids are about 5 years old. Also it would probably help if I didn't get home from work at 9:00 and then eat dinner. I'm jealous of you Hannah! Nice work!

    2. On April 20, 2013 Jeremy Sanders said

      Nice work, Hannah! You've inspired me to work to strive to adopt these rules!

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