Sound Sleep Guru

Do I have a favorite gadget for sleep?

A lot of people ask if I recommend a mattress, pillow, sleep tracker, etc for sleep. ⁣⁣⁣

One of the thoughts that comes to mind is being crammed like a sardine into a tent, at high altitude, pitched on a glacier with an inch of foam for cushion, with climbing partners on both sides (both of whom may snore among other things). ⁣⁣⁣
I think of this experience because in spite of non-conducive sleeping conditions, my climbing partners have said they’ve gotten their best sleep on these trips!⁣⁣⁣

I’ve speculated why based on my knowledge of sleep, though I don’t have any scientific proof my observations are correct. I think it’s an interesting topic.⁣⁣⁣

Climbing trips give people a specific goal to focus their attention on which also enables them to let go of other stresses and troubles at work/home as they focus on that goal. ⁣⁣⁣

Because it was a chosen objective, it is joyful to be pursuing that goal. This generates a sense of purpose, joy, and fulfillment. ⁣⁣⁣

Usually one is physically exhausted on such trips.⁣⁣⁣

It is difficult to overindulge on food, alcohol, or caffeine on these trips because of limitations in access. ⁣⁣⁣
The mindset of knowing sleep deprivation is a necessary and required part of the experience that will be alleviated by a reward and rest later is accepted.⁣⁣⁣

There is little else to do after the sun sets but rest.⁣⁣⁣

One is unlikely to get overexposed to blue light or electronics due to minimal electricity.⁣

⁣Conclusions? While a plush mattress or other tools can be helpful for getting good sleep, they aren’t a requirement. What matters more is:⁣⁣⁣

⁣Feeling a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and joy.⁣⁣⁣

Being able to let go of stresses on the mind and to have singular focus. ⁣⁣

Physical movement, eating habits, substance use, and light exposure are carefully controlled.⁣

What we do with the time we are awake and the quality of our waking hours has a dramatic impact on our quality of sleep. A luxurious mattress and pillow are icing on the cake.

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