I don’t want to brag or anything, but I am pretty awesome at sleeping.
I’ve always suspected that I am a heavy sleeper. Once, when I was in high school, there was an explosion in the middle of the night near our house. I’m fuzzy on the details now, but I remember what a big deal it was at the time. Everyone at school was talking about how they woke up when they heard the loud noise. Me? Nothing. Slept right through it.
Recently, they demolished a building in downtown Houston. It was very early in the morning, and it was an event. People came out to watch; news crews were there to film it. I didn’t stir from my deep blissful slumber. I didn’t even know it happened until I saw it on the news later that day. It was apparently very loud, or it would seem that way in this video:
That thing set off car alarms – four blocks away from me. My building probably shook.
My aptitude for sleep was confirmed when I started wearing my new fitbit (affiliate link). In addition to tracking your steps and activity during the day, it also tracks your sleep at night. It detects when you are restless or awake and uses that data to give you a sleep score. My first night I scored a 98, and I’ve been consistently in the high 90s since. I’m kind of an overachiever.
Here is the visual I get when I log in on the computer:
I will say that it was a surprise to see I wake up so many times in the night. On my worst sleep night so far, I woke up 18 times. I’m sure that doesn’t correlate at all to the wine I was drinking that night.
I got 8.5 hours that night, but during the week I get an average of 5-6 hours a night. If you are getting good sleep, you can function on less sleep.
For those of you who want to sleep like a rock star, try some of these tips:
These tips are all right on the money, but to be a better sleeper, the ones I am strict about include no caffeine after 3 p.m., keeping it cool in the room, and not watching t.v. in bed.
Now, if only I could master the waking up part. But until I figure out how to be a morning person, my neighbors will just have to get used to hearing my alarm go off every 5 minutes for 30-40 minutes. Every morning.
Do you agree with those sleep tips? What tips do you have to sleep better?