I’ve been wearing a WHOOP for almost four months and got the new 3.0 yesterday. The quality of everything is a huge improvement over the 2.0. If you want to track heart rate, sleep, and fitness activity (not steps) I highly recommend getting one.

6 Sleep Tips

My sleep routine has been poor for a couple of months. When I find a new hobby (like all of this electronics stuff I’ve been tinkering with), especially around computers, I enjoy it the most at night when I’m done with everything else for the day. My addictive personality has a hard time knowing when to stop, so I’ve been getting to bed around 2am almost every night. It’s time to get back into a better routine, and I’ve been to bed my midnight two nights in a row now. Baby steps.

Sleep might be the one thing almost everyone can improve, which would have a significant impact on their life. Here are some of my favorite tips:

  • Keep the room cool.
  • Keep the bedroom reserved for bedroom “activities.” It helps your brain realize when it’s time to go to sleep. No TV or web surfing.
  • If you wake up in the middle of the night, don’t look at the clock. Ever!
  • Keep a notepad on your nightstand so you can jot down any ideas you need to get out of your head.
  • Turn off your phone or set it to Do Not Disturb. It can wait until the morning.
  • Don’t set an alarm. If you have to set an alarm, find a wearable device that can wake you during light sleep by your assigned time. Waking up during deep sleep causes you to be groggy and tired.

What are your favorite tips or rituals?

I use Sense by Hello to track my sleep. It monitors all kinds of conditions in my room. Here is the summary from last night.

These are my sleep scores over the last month.

These are scores and other data over the last quarter.

Quickie: 12/29/2007 9:22:39am

Was getting a great night of sleep until the neighbor’s snow removal service started plowing her driveway at 5am. They had a truck with a plow and it took them about 15 minutes. I think I could do it faster with my snow blower!

Lock Screen and Sleep Display with Quicksilver

Looking for a quick way to lock your screen and put the display to sleep on Mac OS X using Quicksilver?

  1. Download Sleep Display.
  2. Extract the zip file and move SleepDisplay to your Applications folder.
  3. Run the SleepDisplay application at least once.
  4. Fire up Script Editor and enter the following code:

    do shell script "/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend"

    launch application "SleepDisplay"

  5. Save this script to a location cataloged by Quicksilver.
  6. Create a HotKey Trigger in Quicksilver to run the script. I use command-control-shift-S as my keystroke combination.

I’m running Mac OS 10.5.1 on an iMac and this works great!

Enjoying the Weather Among Other Things

I’ve been enjoying the weather for the past several weeks which means spending less and less time on the computer. That also means less time for blogging and less updates here as well as my other blogs. I’ve also cut back on my poker playing dramatically which takes away computer time as well. This is all a good thing.

Time has been spent golfing as much as possible and getting my bike out. Just the other day I rode 15 miles in an hour and felt great. I need to be ready to ride about 24 miles with hills in three weeks when I go up north for Mother’s Day. The plan is to ride around Hubbard Lake with Mo and kick his ass. He’s been talking a little bit too much shit and I don’t like to lose many challenges. Just ask him about our weight loss competition for last week!

I’m still using my elliptical 3-4 days a week in addition to bike rides and doing some ab workouts as well. I’m down about 15 pounds from two and a half months ago and feeling good.

Golf league started this week and I might be joining a summer bowling league with some friends that starts on May 2nd. I like to keep busy during the summers and get out as much as possible which is completely different from the cold Michigan winters.

My sleep problems are pretty much under control now. I’m on Lunesta which has been doing the trick. I tried Ambien CR and some other new drug that start with an R, but Lunesta worked the best by far. It’s amazing what a good night of sleep does for the body.

In a few days I should be able to reveal the secret I mentioned a few weeks ago. It’s been taking up a lot of my thinking and I can’t wait to get it over with and out in the open. Maybe then I’ll be able to resume a regular blogging schedule. What “regular” actually means for blogging I’m not quite sure anymore.

Who Needs Sleep?

I do. I’ve had problems sleeping for years and finally decided to do something about it. I visited a Doctor last week and was sent to a sleep clinic. They put sensors all over my body and monitored me for a night. It was something different to say the least.

My results didn’t show any major problems like sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome, so that’s good. I guess. It’s tough not knowing the exact reason why I have trouble sleeping. According to the sleep study my sleep efficiency is only 67%, which means for the total time I spend in bed, I’m only sleeping 2/3 of the time. When I do fall asleep my sleep stage distribution is “grossly normal” according to the report. I basically have a hard time getting to sleep and then I wake up several times throughout the night for extended periods of time.

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