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Rest is a Requirement

Sleep used to be one of those things that I took for granted. Before I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease, I often felt that sleep was what got in the way of productivity. "I'll sleep when I'm dead" was a habitual mantra and even as a child, I hated taking naps. But now, now that I have learned how to heal adrenal fatigue, I view sleep as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. 

This past weekend at the World Domination Summit I was reminded how much I have grown to love sleep, and how much it affects me when I don't get enough. It's so easy to get carried away by all the things-to-do and people-to-see/meet at something like this. You see, even when I was a child, I was afflicted with FOMO syndrome (Fear Of Missing Out)! I hated taking a nap or going to bed before the adults because I was afraid I would miss out on something fantastic! At WDS, FOMO was at full throttle! 

Of course riding the inspiration high, I fully expected to be writing in my journal or reading one of my new books the entire flight home. My body said otherwise: just after lift off out of Portland, I was out! Mind you, this was an afternoon flight, no red-eye; only to wake when the wheels touched down on the runway.

I used to be one of those that had a very difficult time falling asleep. I'd lay awake for hours toiling through the thoughts of today, tomorrow, things I didn't want to forget or trying to solve problems. My husband, on the other hand (*jealous*), can be 0-dreaming in about 2.4s once he hits horizontal (which is as fast as the latest Bugatti Veyron going 0-60mph, but I digress). But over time, I have trained myself to have better sleep. Here are the tips that worked for me. If you have trouble with sleep, perhaps some of these will work for you!

  1.  Good sleep is a habit: So try to keep the same bed time and wake time each day of the week, even on weekends or days off.
  2. Go to bed earlier. If you are like me and know it takes you a while to fall asleep, start being in bed 30-60 minutes earlier than the time you want to be asleep. 
  3.  Make the room as dark and quiet as possible. Some people use black out curtains. I made sure any alarm clock lights were turned as low as possible, and I use an eye mask (helpful if you travel). I also use earplugs to sleep in so that I'm not easily wakened by sounds.
  4. Limit use of bright light or electronics a few hours before bed. When my health practitioner suggested this as one of the ways to help adrenal fatigue, I thought the idea was crazy. However, bright light (blue spectrum) stimulates our brain which then triggers hormones for daytime activities. After trying this for a few weeks, I really notice the difference its had on my ability to fall asleep faster. 
  5. Geek out! For those of you who like to geek out on all kinds of data, get a device to help you track your sleep. I have a FitBit Flex which helps me track steps during the day and sleep patterns at night. Keep in mind, most devices are not going to tell you how many minutes you spent in REM sleep - that takes a sophisticated sleep clinic to do that - but the technology is getting closer .

How do you ensure you get a good night's sleep? I'd love to hear about your experiences regarding sleep in the comments!

 

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World Records

So what's it like to be a world record holder?

Well, let me tell you. It's pretty much just like any other day. But performing the world record is something I would have never thought to be a part of had it not been for the World Domination Summit. At first, I scoffed and thought it was silly, but then I thought, "Why not? I'll be in Portland anyway!" So there we went, down to the Willamette River, the 4 of us and ~620 others who collected an inner tube and life jacket and make one long contiguous human chain afloat. The whole process took about three hours. Thankfully the sun wasn't out - or this one would be fried to a crisp that long on the water. But sadly, the sun wasn't out and I spent about an hour and a half shivering uncontrollably. But check out the video above and you'll get an idea of what it takes to pull off a world record!

 

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World Domination Summit 2013

 @chrisguillebeau welcoming everyone to the first keynote session. CC Image courtesy of Armosa Studios

 @chrisguillebeau welcoming everyone to the first keynote session. CC Image courtesy of Armosa Studios

I had read the stories about how cool this conference was, how life changing, etc. But I'm not a blogger… (never mind the fact that this is showing up on a blog, but I digress). I've never published a book, I have not traveled to every country on the planet… who am I to say that a conference could be so awe inspiring and life changing to the commoner? Uh, no really. It was AhMAZeING!!

Okay, wait. What the heck is the World Domination Summit (or #WDS2013)? Many people will describe it in many ways, but for me it is a gathering of 2800 like-minded people who want to live extraordinary lives when we are surrounded by the pressures of convention.  

WDS was inspiring in just about every moment. If a moment was not particularly inspiring, then the mind was reeling in the sheer coolness-factor of being surrounded by so many amazing people. And when people weren't enough there were really really fun events like having a party in a zoo, setting a world record, or spontaneous Bollywood dancing, just to name a few.

But what did it mean for me personally? It meant sitting down the very next day after the conference and writing. See, every time I think I should write something to the world, I get accosted by what @AndrewWarner calls the Counter Mind. This is the mind that latches onto those negative thoughts that tell you immediately that you can't do something when you set out to do it. Writing for me triggers that Counter Mind and it gets so dominating that I start marching along to its mantra and don't write. I go find other “productive” stuff to do instead. And really, we all know I'm just avoiding writing.

Its easy for me to tell you what the Counter Mind says, because its what I hear. each. and. every. moment. of. every. day! I won't bore you with the details, instead Im focusing today on the True Mind. The mind thought that says, I want to write and I want to share my insights with all of you. So that is exactly what I am doing today.

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