March Challenge: Sleep

I put up a vote on February 28th, 2021 with the option of undertaking a challenge for the month of March. The options and the results were as follows:

(As shareholder Hubbard pointed out in the comments, we should be using ranked voting for these kinds of decisions.)

I’m excited for the “challenge” of getting 8 hours of sleep every night for the entire month. I have always been good at sleeping, and after reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker I realized that being dedicated to a good sleep isn’t lazy!

The value of early mornings was drilled into me when I was in the Army, as was the idea of getting your sleep whenever the opportunity arose. I was especially good at this and would slip off to the comfort of a pile of camo nets in the back of a humvee at a moments notice.

I once was able to fall asleep in the turret of the humvee. Resting my head in the crook off my arm in a way that made it look like I was sighting down the barrel of the mounted machine gun. That is probably my pinnacle sleeping moment, but I was obviously dozing in and out as we lurched over the terrain.

The valor of late nights was very prevalent in my days surrounded by startup culture. But as in most cases, startup culture is wrong, and is designed to exploit the young for the benefit of the rich. I re-claimed my evenings and these days I typically enjoy going to sleep between 10:30 and 11pm.

The Apple watch has added a bit more objective data to my sleeping. Using the Autosleep app I have been tracking my sleep almost every night and can catchup with a nap if I find I’m under my 8 hour minimum. I should have set the challenge to 9 hours because I think 8 hours is almost too easy.