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The Adventures of Mattman: Seven Day Sleep Challenge (Ep. 23)

Good morning superpower seekers! My name is Mattman SirCapesAlot, resident Sleep Superhero with Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture of Lake Norman, NC.  

I’m awake and running on all four cylinders today! 2022 plans have come to fruition, and in case you are headed to Mattress and Furniture Market in Vegas this January, I hope to see you there! 

A few Dream Team members are booked and ready to go see the latest mattress technology and get a vision of what the horizon holds. And following Vegas, a few of us will also be heading to Nationwide Marketing Group’s PrimeTime 2022 in Arizona this February! 

There are so many people to learn from at these two industry events! I will be walking around suited up and having fun! If you see me, please come say hello and get some superhero selfies. I’ll have plenty of pink sunglasses to pass out so get a pair! Oh, and I’ll also have one more thing to give away.

I’m really excited to bring you something I have been working on and practicing for a while. Something that is very important to me!  I present to you, the official Sleep Superhero training tool, the Seven Day Sleep Challenge!  Brought to you by Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture of Lake Norman. We have your Game Plan for Better Sleep!

This Seven Day Sleep Challenge only takes a few minutes to fill out at the beginning of each week. It is a great practice of the habits proactivity, beginning with the end in mind, and putting first things first. Each of those aspects of the Sleep Challenge will raise your level of effectiveness. 

The challenge doesn’t consume a ton of time throughout the day or require money. This is free!

If you would like to try it, simply text me at 704-706-2436 and ask Mattman for a Seven Day Sleep Challenge. 

Here’s how it works. There is a bedtime row and a wake-up time row. Write down your intended bedtime and wake-up time for the whole week on the row labeled ‘Planned.’ Then you write down your actual bedtime and wake-up time in the row labeled ‘Actual’. 

At the end of the week, text your results to the Sleep Superhero cell phone to get your sleep cycles calculated!  Three consecutive weeks of submitting your completed sleep challenge will earn you a free sleep maximizing product! And let me tell you there is some awesome stuff you can earn!

Before I go into that, let’s talk about strategy. When it comes to setting your bedtime and wake-up time, you need to plan for seven and a half hours or nine hours of sleep. Our sleep cycles average 90 minutes. Wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle and you will feel groggy. Wake up at the end of a sleep cycle and your eyes will snap wide open! 

If you don’t know what is a good time to go to bed, then start with when you need to be awake. If you need to be awake by 6 a.m., dial it back seven and a half hours and you have a 10:30 p.m. bedtime. Not too shabby! 

If you try this challenge and you are an athlete, a high-performance gamer, or anybody looking for big body and brain results, I highly recommend what I call The Lebron James and schedule yourself nine hours a night. 

On the challenge sheet, there is also a place to write down a caffeine curfew which I note is optional. Let’s not fight about your caffeine habits. If caffeine is something you drink all day, try giving it a rest a few hours before bedtime. 

For anybody looking to unlock superpowers, write down a curfew eight to twelve hours before your scheduled bedtime. There is also a line for screen time curfew which should be at least 30 minutes before bed. Try to give yourself 10 minutes if you’ve never really been good at unplugging before you fall asleep. 

Last but not least, the daily victory task! Write down a small two-minute chore or exercise you can do immediately after you wake up before you check your phone! The minutes in the morning after you wake up are the most important ones of the day. It’s up to you to control those moments and get something done. 

I rotate my victory task between tidying up shared spaces in our house like the kitchen and living room. Sometimes it’s my office too! The week I wrote this, I have a three-minute meditation as my victory task. I want to form a habit of clearing my mind so that’s what I’m doing this week.

So that’s it! That is the sleep challenge and I invite you to give it a shot.  I know everybody is doing things already. It’s early in 2022 and we all have transformative New Year’s resolutions. Or maybe you already have a diet plan, workout routine, or a lifestyle you have been focused on for a while. I don’t want to interrupt or take your eye off that ball at all. Instead, I hope we can add a little catalyst to your growth.

So what happens when you complete three consecutive weeks from the Seven Day Sleep Challenge? Why, you get a free custom-fit pillow from Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture! We will provide you with a free pillow from Bedgear. 

They have this awesome pillow with a cuddle curve and it comes in different thicknesses in case your shoulders are wider.  They retail for $119 at most stores and it can be yours absolutely free! But you have to do the work! Don’t be sending me three weeks of a completed sleep challenge all at once and expect a free pillow. The instructions are written on the challenge of how to do it. 

And you don’t fail the challenge if you plan out a bedtime and never go to bed on time. You fail the challenge when you don’t fill out the boxes and text it in on time. 

You may never follow your plan, but filling out the information is enough for me. And if you have a sleep tracker, it’s pretty easy to check when your tracker says you go to bed and wake up. I use a Google Hub Gen 2 to double-check my times. If you don’t have a sleep tracker, then put the challenge sheet on your nightstand or in your bathroom. Somewhere you will see it and fill it out real quick every day. 

In the spirit of kicking this off right, I am going to challenge somebody out there in the unreal world. Somebody who I believe can greatly benefit from the sleep challenge and somebody who I admire a lot! I challenge Ted Lasso to the Seven Day Sleep Challenge. 

Ted, you suffer from a condition that many people I talk to do. When you lay down to sleep and your brain keeps cooking. Those burners burn hotter than a Top Gun pilot pushing 4 G’s. Tons of people have a hard time cleaning up the mental kitchen and it takes an hour or more to fall asleep, if at all. 

Well, Ted, that’s why we have a game plan. That is why we get intentional with what time we lay down. And your body knows your routine. We send signals to it and the wind-down process will begin.

Ted Lasso, when you are on an airplane and the oxygen masks fall down, you need to put yours on first. You need to be able to breathe so you can assist the person sitting beside you. And I see how much you care about other people. I’ve seen your coaching style. I’ve seen your attention to the people around you and the impact that has on them. Ted, you can’t be helping these people when you are exhausted! 

Ted Lasso is a hero of mine because of his mindset. If you are not familiar with Ted Lasso, it’s an Apple TV show and he’s the main character. It’s a wonderful story and I love seeing his mindset and coaching style. That’s the kind of leadership this world needs right now! We all stand to learn a lot from a dude like Ted. 

I hope to see some of you at Vegas Market or at PrimeTime 2022! I’ll be planning out my sleep for the trips so the time zone shift doesn’t get me. And I will most likely be staying up late a time or two. 

Just because I am a Sleep Superhero doesn’t mean I’m perfect. But I can gameplan a little bit of a later bedtime when I know there are exciting things happening. I don’t want to miss out on all the fun! That is what life is all about! Good luck to all of the superpower seekers out there and to Ted Lasso if you’re listening. May you challenge yourselves and see what you are cape-able of!

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