It's unnatural to have to wake up in the early morning hours and not know when you will have another opportunity to sleep all in the name of work. That's the sort of thing that can throw sleeping patterns off balance, and that's exactly why I have a terrible time sleeping these days. Years ago hopping on a plane at 2, 3, or 4 in the morning was an afterthought. The only person I had to look after was myself, and quite frankly, I only had to do that 50% of the time because my employer had a financial interest in taking care of me. Fast forward fifteen years later and all those years of living life on the edge of a spinning top have impacted my sleep cycle in such a way that I desperately continue to seek methods that can help my eyes and body find peaceful and continuous sleep.
Let me preface by saying that I don't use drugs, and I have never used prescription medicine to help me sleep. Drinking non-caffeinated tea before bed sometimes helps, sometimes it doesn't. I am guilty of one thing and that is that I do sleep on my stomach quite often. So when I stumbled on Kelly Starett's video (below), I thought I would share it with anyone that is a stomach sleeper like me. I'm going to try what he recommends and see if that makes a difference for me. Let me know if it works for you.
And make sure you stick around for the tail-end of the video where he shares a few more mobility tips for your ankle and back. I'd never heard of Starrett until I started to CrossFit, and I have to tell you that his mobility videos and Supple Leopard book have helped me out a great deal with my mobility and staying injury-free.
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