Sleeping Needs to Be a Priority

The summer should be for working hard and resting even harder!

I get the feeling that everyone I listen to in my podcast feed is talking about sleep.

There’s no denying that working from home (or in some kind of hybrid fashion) has caused us either a lack of sleep from anxiety or blurred our sense of when work is actually over.

I just finished listening to a Freakonomics episode all about sleep and its economic impact and I’m queuing up a Tim Ferriss one next about the same premise.

If ya don’t know anything about me, you should know this: I am a great, miserable grizzly bear when I do not get my sleep.

You’d think that being a teacher and having summers off would afford me more chances to sleep, but so far, that has NOT been the case. Hello summer school, track camp, coaching, and parenting!

That being said, I’m going to make a push to make sure I have everything done when it’s supposed to so that I can take 2 guilt-free naps per week. I know that 50 extra minutes isn’t a lot, but it’ll come in handy as I try and ramp up my mileage over the second half of the summer.

I urge you to listen to the Freakonomics podcast episode linked above, then check out Tim Ferriss’ about sleep (I haven’t listened to it yet) and make your own decision. Do you get enough sleep? If not, maybe now’s the time to start investing in quality sleep.

Friday’s Action Plan:

Consider tracking your sleep to see whether you need to add a nap into your training routine.

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Marc is a middle school teacher and coach but also works with distance runners online. I help distance runners around the globe by providing support, writing customized training plans, and designing workouts to help them reach their racing goals. I write for my blog every Wednesday morning and newsletter every Friday morning.