#50 Go To Sleep

Good Morning!

Last night, I didn’t fall asleep as fast as I normally do. It was an experience I haven’t had in ages.  Like my father before me, going to sleep is usually never an issue.

Here are the tricks I use to force myself to sleep.

  • Tiring myself out physically, like hopping on the exercise bike or doing some yoga. Be careful with this one because it can give you energy if you go at it with vigor.
  • Tiring myself out mentally. Grab a book with some big words in it.
  • Do something difficult that engages your mind and motor functions that you generally won’t complete, like playing Dr. Mario!
  • Write. If your mind is overactive like mine is, my mind chatter seems to stop after I get those thoughts down on paper (in my case, in the computer).
  • Talk yourself into it. Seriously! It sounds strange, but when the mind is chatty, have a conversation.

A lot of us nowadays are so much on the go that we don’t take our sleep hygiene seriously and we should, because well all know sleep is extremely important.

Good sleep hygiene is

  • Paying attention to your circadian rhythm.
  • Turning down the lights when it starts to get dark out.
  • Going to sleep when it’s dark out.
  • Sleeping in pitch black and/or wear a Sleep Mask.* Only a very small amount of light will provoke the light receptors in your eyes and skin.
  • No electronics of any kind in the bedroom.
  • No coffee or other stimulants 8 hours before sleep.
  • No food 3 hours before sleep.

I hope some of these tips and tricks will help you get to Slumberland and improve your sleep.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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P.P.S. If you want to dive deep into why sleep is so important, check out “Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival” by  T. S. Wiley*

#29 Let’s Get Comfy, At Work

Good Morning!

This morning as I sit at my writing desk making a list of the potential topics I want to write for today’s post, I find myself always adjusting my hand, foot, back/butt position trying to get in a comfortable position to write.

I go through this process every morning.

Most days I usually just pain through the process, but today I leaned back in my office chair, balanced the laptop on the edge of the desk and started writing. 

This isn’t the most comfortable position for my body as a whole, but it’s a trade-off for wrist comfort, which is what I’m concerned about in the short term. 

But what if I don’t want to trade off?

Ahh yes.  I remember now.

Once upon a time I was a draftsman in the gauge and fixture industry and the structural steel industry.  I spent many hours sitting at a desk.

I had an adjustable chair and the ability to stand and work when I need to. I’ve split up my tasks into different areas when I work at home. When I write I sit at my writing desk, and for everything else it’s at the work bench in the studio.

I love the writing desk that I have.  It was my grandmother’s desk that was located at her motel where all of the guests used it to sign in.  I’m a nostalgic person when it comes to physical things and I have many objects that have a lot of memories attached to each and yes, I will most likely be on an episode of hoarders at some point in the future.

A new desk is not an option for me, and I would imagine it’s probably not an option for most people at their place of work, either.

Because of my crafty nature and tendency to make a lot of the things I use, I’m going to build a laptop and mouse holder so that I don’t have to do the balancing act to get the posture I want. I’ll probably make an adjustable foot rest too, why not.

The workbench in my studio is 40″ off the floor so that I can stand and work quite comfortably. I also have adjustable monitor stand, adjustable drafting chair to sit on when I want, and large neoprene desk mat for my keyboard and mouse.

The adjustable monitor stand* changed how I do work at my work bench. Being able to easily position my monitors in any way I desire, even turning them 90 degrees so that one or both is in portrait mode to see an entire document is not only productive, but easy on the eyes and super cool too.

A desk mat is a HUGE mouse pad*. It keeps your keyboard in place gives your entire work area a really nice feel. If you’re going to spend $12 on a simple mouse from the office store, why not upgrade f

Here is a great video that explains the ergonomics of working at a desk and the best practices.

This video explains chair setup and posture.

Learn why a footrest can help you with or avoid back pain.

Monitor position is something we don’t always think about, but it’s also really important. Check out this video.

Finally, and possibly the most important: Stretches! Check out this great tutorial for stretches that will help improve your posture while sitting at the the desk all day.

Last, but not least,

Computer software that reminds you to get up and stretch. It even shows you which ones to do and when! This is the same software I used for 10+ years. It’s completely free to use now. Find it at https://www.shelterpub.com/stretchware .

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found it informative.

Have a great day!

-Karsy