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The Adventures of Mattman: Awakening Your Superpowers (Ep. 2)

Sleep hasn’t been an evolutionary problem; it’s been an evolutionary catalyst.

Shawn Stevenson, Sleep Smarter

When you take control of your sleep and awaken your superpowers, you will have gone through a transformation.  You will become more powerful!  Look at whatever is on your to-do list tomorrow and ask yourself, “Is this harder or easier with a good night’s sleep?”  Or my favorite side of that coin asks, “How much easier is this to-do list with my superpowers on?” 

Have you ever planned out how much sleep you are going to get?  This is a super-easy way to test your superpowers.  It’s so easy it sounds dumb.  Put it on your calendar.  Your Google calendar, a sleep tracker or sleep app, or write it on a real calendar with a pen or pencil.  Even better.  Got anything big coming up on the horizon?  Any big deadline or an event you are planning?  Training you’re supposed to do? Do you have a fitness goal you are trying to reach?  Let us focus on awakening your superpower for that specific event and plan one week in advance! 

Take five minutes to sit down and plot this out.  A typical sleep cycle is 90 minutes and it’s better to set your alarm, so you don’t interrupt one.  You will get your best benefits from a sleep cycle between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. 

So, here’s an example: My normal spontaneous routine is to go to bed around 11 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. My maximum sleep cycle count is 28 per week.  And because everything always goes as planned, one night I got distracted gaming with my buddies and I stayed up until 1 a.m.  Another morning my neighbor banged their garbage cans and woke me up at 5 a.m.  Now my cycle count max is 24.  And more bad news, it can drop even lower.  But we’re looking for superpowers so I’m writing a sleep schedule for myself. I will go to bed at 9:30 p.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. My maximum sleep cycle count is now 35. Same distractions occur and I’m down to 31.  I’ve added more sleep cycle potential and also during the peak benefit hours. That’s how you unlock superpowers!

Here is my favorite reason to try and get as many sleep cycles as I can.  Do you think the Super Villains stay up 24/7? How do you think they awaken their own negative energy to go out and disrupt the lives of all of us?  Not on an empty tank… that’s for certain!  

You may not be worried about Super Sleep Villains like I am. Villains like Miss Information who sets up bogus mattress review sites. Or the Pandemic and Political Energy Vampires posting negativity on social media and leeching from your sleep cycles. But maybe you don’t face off against the same Villains as I do.

Maybe it is a rival in your sport or profession. Maybe it is a competitor in your market.  I guarantee you they are also working hard, training hard, and trying to become more powerful by the day!  The old saying goes “What do you have to lose?” Potential. Power. Opportunity. Your sleep matters!  

When you look at your calendar and you see that time blocked off for sleeping, look at it with a new perspective. It is not just going to bed.  It is supercharging.  It is not wasting time or taking up precious productivity hours. It is accelerating the speed at which you perform critical tasks.  Sleep is a catalyst to the ideas and actions that drive you. Fill your tank with high octane fuel!  Awaken your superpowers and show your villains who the superhero really is!  

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