But I’m here to tell you it’s about quality, not quantity. You can still get two hours of deep sleep, two hours of REM, you can still feel great and rested in the morning.
If you put the right ingredients in your bucket, if you follow your recipe, if you manage your sleep… you wouldn’t do a diet without a plan, you wouldn’t do an exercise program without a plan…This is your plan for sleep.
This is possible for anyone.
In January of last year, I met Susan. When I met her, she hadn’t slept through the night in 10 years, not since the birth of her second child.
She’s smart, capable, a business woman. She tried to solve this problem. She talked to her doctor, her gynecologists, they test her hormones. They looked at her. No problem.
It’s a problem to wake up in the middle of the night.
So we talked about it and very shortly, we were able to fix her deep sleep bucket. It doesn’t even matter which bucket you fix first.
Within days, she was sleeping through the night. But the magic is not in fixing only one part of the bucket. Because when you are confident about your sleep, you will want to fix the rest.
We all put off things we’re not good at, sleep included. So if you’re not good at it, you’re going to put that off.
Today, Susan goes to bed between 9 and 10, because she’s a morning person. Previous to using the recipe, she would go to sleep after the late late show… wake up, exhausted, tired, hugging a cup of coffee, procrastinating her day, unable to get motivated for that first hour.
Today, that hour is spent being productive and organized and helping her kids get out the door. Susan has found her sleep super powers.
The CDC has declared sleep deprivation, lack of sleep as an epidemic. We are not taking care of our sleep and it’s preventing us from being the people we really can be.
We have got to settle down and give sleep its recipe. When you do, you can be anything you want, and you can find your sleep super powers.