This will be the first post in a series about learning to sleep better.
For those that have followed this blog for a bit, you’ll know that I’ve talked a lot about my experiments with all kinds of sleep remedies.
From Valerian Tea to Calcium Supplements to Isochronic Tracks to my awful experience with Ativan (lorazepam), and most places in between, I’ve learned a lot.
The Biggest Sleep R-O-I
In retrospect, the biggest “bang for the buck” or “return-on-investment” I received was the actual knowledge about sleep that this ridiculous journey has forced me to get.
If there was a single thing you could do to help yourself get better sleep, it would be simply learning all you can about sleep itself.
I’ve read dozens of books and thousands of articles, listened to dozens of podcasts, and written hundreds of posts about sleep.
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If I had to distill it down to a single event that changed the way I think about sleep, it would have to be an online course I took a couple of years ago (Sleeptracks). It had a bunch of tracks I could download to try and “coordinate” my brain patterns with sleep patterns (which didn’t work as well for me as it did for others), but the knowledge I gained from this simple course was a big turning point for me. The course has several videos you watch online to learn all about your sleep, and the things that prevent you from getting more of it.
It’s only after learning all the subsequent stuff I discovered just how “on the mark” that course really was.
Step One To Sleeping Better
So I believe the first step in learning how to sleep better is simply to open yourself up to learning more about it. Don’t dismiss sleep as something you can afford to ignore. You can’t.
It’s important in everything you do. The decisions that you make. The mood that you’re in. The relationships you have. Everything.
Afford it the importance it deserves.
Go take the SleepTracks course or something similar (it’s cheap at less than $100). Read some books. There are lots of Sleep Blogs out there – read them too (mine first, of course). Learn.