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ATP Podcast E007: Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast, the show Where Rich and Justin discuss preparedness, the birds and the bees, guns, history, tattoos, and… well, basically all the stuff your old man shoulda taught you! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 007: How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep! This show was originally released on 08/14/2018.

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

This is one of my favorite episodes, and one that Rich and I both, completely separately, put on our wishlist of shows we wanted to do.Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important. It impacts your body in so many ways it is almost incalculable. Rich and I did this episode because I really believe that we have undervalued sleep – a biological necessity – and do a huge disservice to ourselves by doing so. This is probably our most-referenced episode, as improving yourself in nearly any way can be improved if you get a good night’s sleep.

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What are you Drinking?

Rich’s Drink: Lemonade
Justin’s Drink: GT’s Kombucha

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How to Get a Good Nights Sleep

Learning to consistently get a good night’s sleep is maybe one of the most important things you can do to improve short-term performance and long-term health. The benefits of getting good sleep are hard to ignore:

– Live longer
– Have better cognitive function
– Manage your weight
– Enjoy a better sex life
– Have a stronger immune system
– Better relationships
– Reduce stress and improve your mood
– Lower your risk of accident and injury

Quantity vs Quality: don’t confuse the two. You need an adequate time spent sleeping, but your sleep also needs to be high-quality sleep.

There are some steps you can take to get a good nights sleep:

– Have a single-purpose space (bedroom)
– Avoid stimulants like tobacco and caffeine
– Have a distraction-free environment
– Make it dark, quiet, and cool/cold
– Aromatherapy?
– Have a bedtime ritual


Book of the Week

Sleep Thieves by Stanley Coren. This is still one of the best books I’ve ever read on sleep.


Hindsight/Behind the Scenes

This was such a fun episode to listen to despite the static. I know that static sure is annoying and if I could change anything I would go back and re-record those episodes that are so plauged.

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