Return of the Sleep Hack

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know how I started my Monday off from work, but how I ended it was quite different.

My wife, daughter, and I attended a country and western themed wedding. The people involved did this honestly since they all come from a farming and ranching background.

I won’t go into the details, but the wedding started at 4 p.m. which means that, adding all of the usual wedding reception activities, we didn’t get back home until after 8:30 p.m.

That gave me just enough time to drink a glass of RelaxMax with a 5-HTP capsule, but that was about it (see Sleep Hack One for details).

The upside is that I didn’t have a lot of liquids in my system, so I didn’t find it necessary to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. The downside was everything else…I think.

I took “forever” to get to sleep. Just couldn’t unwind, even though I was tired. I tried to read some before bed, and it just made me sleepy, which was what I was hoping for. But once the lights were out, sleep wouldn’t come.

sleep betterMy wife finally came to bed and I still couldn’t sleep.

I dozed off and woke up and still couldn’t sleep.

Then I must have slept because the next thing I knew, it was 3:40 a.m. and I was supposed to get up in 20 minutes.

I got up right then and launched into my usual routine except I only had coffee and water before going to the gym for ab and cardio work. I just didn’t feel like eating anything, so I worked out pretty much empty.

I was hoping it would help. I picked up another pound overnight, probably because of the food I consumed at the wedding reception.

I don’t know if this was a fair test of the sleep hack since my evening was so atypical, but then, one of the things I need to do to hack my sleep is to make my evening routine different from what it has been.

I recently read an article called Avoid the cycle of chronic insomnia, poor sleep and exhaustion. A lot of the things discussed in the write-up had to do with sleep apnea which I used to suffer from. But all that has since gone away now that I’m under 200 pounds.

The article’s author, Rob Brough, touched on some interesting details, but as a whole, he didn’t say anything I haven’t heard or read before.

Going back to the events of Monday evening, maybe I should give up on the hope of getting a full eight hours sleep and try staying up until 9:30 or so before turning in.

It’s a minor change but as I’ve mentioned before, I’m willing to try pretty much anything within reason to get a good night’s sleep.

Tomorrow is another “lift” day. I’ll need to have my wits about me when I walk into the squat rack.

Be selective in your battles, sometimes peace is better than being right.



2 thoughts on “Return of the Sleep Hack

  1. Just a thought, James, I can’t recall if you’ve ever mentioned anything about hormones. Women aren’t the only ones who have hormonal issues as they get older, and I have found that it has really done a number on my sleep as well. Maybe a trip to the doctor to get those hormones checked?


    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Wanda. A visit to the doctor is the option of last resort for me. I hope it’s something relatively simple that also has a simple, but yet as to be found, solution.


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