How many times have you asked your partner or your kids that question?
Now I’m going to ask you the same.
How’d you sleep last night?
The one thing I’ll say that is positive about winter is that it is usually easier to get to sleep and stay asleep.
I say usually, cause like most of us, there’s always that time you start randomly solving all the problems in the world and thinking about random rubbish that happened years ago at 2am like there’s nothing else better to do.
You get to bury yourself under a comfy thick quilt and curl up with a hot water bottle (or maybe I’m just an old grandpa for doing that on the cold nights).
Of course that can be a double edged sword when it makes it harder to get up the next morning cause you’re nice and warm and comfy.
But, like I mentioned the other week, the best way around that is to just get up without thinking too much about it – before your brain realises it’s not the best idea. Just put the body on autopilot.
Anyways, the point of all of this sleep talk is that I saw some research recently out of the University of South Florida which found that even a minor sleep loss can be detrimental the next day.
They found that only 16 minutes less sleep than normal means you’ll be less effective at work and use poorer judgement the next day.
Interesting don’t you think?
You can probably argue that this is evident in the high number of car crashes in the morning.
Sure there’s more cars on the road, but you can definitely argue that most of these shouldn’t happen – it’s just people making very ordinary choices.
Like the clown that decided to pull across randomly into my lane this morning and nearly write me off.
And I’d love to know what the stats would be if insurance companies ask how much sleep did you get last night as one of the questions you get when you phone up after an accident to make a claim.
Surely it’d back up this studies findings?
So what can you do if you find yourself in this situation?
As you are no doubt aware, one of the best things you can do to help wake you up and increase your alertness – both mentally and physically – is a bout of morning exercise.
And what better way to do that then by getting your regular dose of DPM action? Because you don’t have to think about what you should be doing, you just have to turn up and follow the instructions.
Kinda simple formula yeah?
Even if your sleep wasn’t great the night before, or as long as you would have liked, you’ll leave feeling better and be more productive during the day.
You can even put up an argument with the boss that they should be covering your training investment each month because you’ll be more productive as a result.
Who says no?
PS – if you know someone who can benefit from the little energy boost that a DPM workout can provide, please pass this link onto them, or fill it out with their permission.
I’ll shout them 2 weeks on the house to check it all out and you’ll both be eligible for the free dinner I mentioned in more detail yesterday