440: no more

It might be time to bring in the lawyers because the readers of these emails might be putting together a case against me for false advertising.

For the past two months, I haven’t been living the lifestyle aligned with the very nature of these emails.

But it’s probably not what you think.

While I have certainly eaten some pizzas and burgers, and not resisted - even encouraged -  Ellie’s lobbying for ice-cream at the supermarket, mostly the food intake has been OK.

And whilst I have missed a couple of training sessions, walked where I should have ran, and occasionally go through the motions with zero intensity, there has been no great training transgression.

Instead, it’s sleep.

More specifically, the time that my sleep has been ending.

Instead of the 4:40 alarm that became the very name of this email, I’ve pushed it back one hour.

It’s a long story, which has never stopped me from sharing it before, but I’ll keep it short this time to keep everyone awake.

I read a few books on the importance of sleep that left me asking myself the question: if I know sleep is important and I have the capacity to sleep more, why wouldn’t I do it?

I used to have to get up at 4:40 am to see clients 5-6 days per week, so I did it on the other days to maintain the routine.

When I moved up here I kept doing it because I liked being up earlier and getting a head start on the day (and maybe it was a little hardcore).

But that also meant sleeping a maximum of seven hours per night, more often somewhere around six.

After repeatedly hearing the importance of getting an extra hour or two every night, I thought it was worth giving a crack.

Right now, I can’t say I’ve noticed a massive difference.

I do feel tired less often, but I can’t say it’s particularly changed my output or productivity.

To be fair, I am still getting used to it - three years of 4:40 am every day got my body very accustomed to that routine, which means I often wake up before my alarm before drifting back off.

It might simply take a few more months to fully accustom to this new sleep pattern before realising the benefits.

The 440 name is staying set, unlike my alarm clock, although this is mostly due to the hassle of changing the name from The Integrated Insider at the start of the year.

It turns out you can’t just swap email list names because the host will think you’ve bought or acquired the list from elsewhere.

Hence the very first email was four hours late.

This week, I am going to run through the association between sleep and body composition.

I am not a sleep expert and I have no advice to give on your sleep needs, but seeing the association that sleep can have on body composition might make you want to investigate further.

Tom Fitzgerald