The theme for TEDx Oakland was "From I to We"-- how actions we take as individuals can positively impact the community and neighborhoods we live in. My first thought was to speak about the impact of physical fitness on the community at large, but as I started writing my pitch I realized most people already know or have an understanding of the general ideas around eating better and moving more. What they don't know or have guidance on is how sleep impacts their ability to live healthier and be a better neighbor.
Sleep is the foundation our lives are built on, yet it often isn't prioritized or thought about in the same way as other health and wellness topics like weight training, running, meditation, or maintaining a healthy diet. Sleep isn't something that you get a lot of training or education on yet, on average, we will spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. I've been fascinated by sleep and sleep science since my time in the US Army, and have seen first had how it can impact our mood and the bodies ability to perform.
Although I was a bit nervous the talk was very well received, and many members of the audience came up to me afterwards to tell me their stories of struggle and frustration with getting enough quality sleep. Do you currently struggle to get enough sleep? Do you often wake up feeling tired, moody, and with "brain fog"? Do you struggle to "turn your mind off" when you try and sleep or wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep?
If you're currently having trouble sleeping, and want a personalized plan to help you sleep better, and wake up feeling refreshed email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will help you gain control of your night, so you can own the day!