Week 1, Day 3

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Sleep, that elusive elixir of life, to hear the experts talk about it. No, they don’t think it’s elusive. But they do think it needs to be planned, prepped, and pursued. I listened to a team of sports psychologists today speak for an hour on Sleep and Athletic performance. (Actually, sports scientist Howard Gray and sports psychologist Ryan Pittsinger from Texas A&M Athletics.) The takeaways were that sleep impacts just about every piece of the performance pie. (reaction time, accuracy of skill performance, sprinting, power, endurance, learning/memory, mood & perception of work).

Quality and quantity both matter, so it is good that I track both sleep duration and things like light sleep, REM sleep, and deep sleep. Also, heart rate variability and resting heart rate are indicators of sleep quality. I am tracking the resting heart rate, which is pretty high this week thanks to some wine and, of course, lack of sleep. I would like to get that down.

I also ordered some new HOKA running shoes, as maybe if my feet don’t hurt, I can try to run again. It’s been way too long, so I will be starting from scratch. And also, this did not help the debt-free portion of my goals, but I will put a few things on Poshmark to offset the costs.

today’s numbers:

Sleep – 6:40 up 11 minutes

Score – 77 up 6

Light – 4:23 59% down 13

REM – 0:33 7% up 13 minutes

Deep – 1:44 up 19

Awake – 0:44 10% down 40 minutes

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