Progenex Cocoon: Holy $#!%, I Can Sleep!

Edit: This is so long. I’m not sorry, though. Read it if you’d like to know my story with sleep and how Progenex’s Cocoon changed my life. If not, the take-home message is this: Give Cocoon a try. For me, it’s tasty, makes me sleep, and I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and like a morning-person. Maybe it’ll do the same for you!

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a very complicated relationship with sleep. If I wasn’t sleeping for 13+ hours, I felt exhausted. I went to private school up through the end of 8th grade, which allowed me to sleep until 8 every day, since school didn’t start until 9. When I started high school and had to wake up at 6am, my world started crumbling around me. Every morning I would wake up and throw up within an hour of being out of bed. No doctors could figure out what the hell was wrong with me. The only thing that would keep it from happening was when I could sleep until 9 or 10am. We finally gave up trying to figure out what it was, and decided that it was my body going into shock from lack of sleep. I threw up every single day of my freshman year of college. Sometimes it happened at home before leaving for school, sometimes it was out the car door on my way there, and sometimes it was in the parking lot or bathroom once I got to school. When I got my own car, more often than not I’d skip my first class and drive to the Whole Foods’ parking lot and sleep in the back of my Ford Explorer for an extra two hours. I missed a LOT of school, but somehow managed to graduate with a pretty good GPA. Woo, public school system.

Fast forward to college. I finally learned to manage my sleep schedule and get enough sleep during the week, but on the weekends I’d sleep until 2pm. Waking at noon was early for me. Even so, getting out of bed literally made me feel like I was dying. I’d cry every morning before my 8am classes because I felt so horrible. My body ached, my head hurt, and the idea of having to sit through a lecture was worse than anything else in the world. But I did it. Thankfully, this university had a very strict absence policy, where if you missed more than 4 classes (more than 15 minutes late also qualified as an absence), you failed the class. I didn’t want to waste my parents’ money, so I made it work.

Needless to say, I’ve never been a morning person. I don’t know what it feels like to get up and feel ready to start the day. I don’t know what it feels like to wake up before an alarm, or to be excited to make breakfast and have a leisurely morning getting ready to leave the house for the day. Or not snoozing alarms. Or not setting alarms for when I SHOULD get up, and back up/real alarms for the absolute latest that I CAN get up without being late to wherever I need to go.

That all changed about a month ago.

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Tuesday 7/17 WOD at PCF, and the Importance of Sleep!

Man, it’s been a long day. I haven’t been able to get into bed before 11 since last Wednesday night and it’s really taking its toll on me. I attribute so much of my fitness success to my 8+ hours of sleep a night, so much so that I’m ashamed I haven’t written about it yet. Maybe now is a good time. I never ever EVER feel well-rested, no matter how much sleep I get. I could sleep for 14 hours, wake up, have a bite to eat, and immediately go right back to sleep. I literally cannot remember a single time where I woke up and didn’t feel tired, or a day where I didn’t think about/have to keep myself from napping. Most of this is due to my thyroid issues and Lyme Disease, both of which cause immense fatigue, exhaustion, and insomnia, all things I experience regularly. I mainly have it under control lately, and for the first time in my life am not napping 4-5 times a week, and I 100% have Tyler to thank for this…Except for the occasional Saturday, where I will wake up, have a little breakfast, migrate to the couch, and go back to sleep for 3 hours. Shhhh. Saturdays don’t count.

When we moved in together, he was waking up way earlier than I was in order to commute in to school or work, so he started trying to be in bed and almost asleep by 10pm. I didn’t want to just sit awake and alone on the couch surfing the internet, so I decided to start going to bed with him. And holy crap, all of a sudden I started being able to workout, cook meals, go on long walks, do homework, read, and more, all without wanting to go into a 24hr coma immediately. We’ve been more lax over the summer since we both wake up a little later and have less demanding schedules, so the bedtime has been unofficially pushed to 10:30-11pm. We sound like old farts, but he gets up and runs or goes to the gym in the morning before work, and I go straight to school for 4 hours and then to Crossfit or dance class. We are active people, and I would never be able to be this active if we hadn’t started going to sleep earlier. I still have to take naps here and there, but not nearly as often. I hope one day I will experience what it feels like to wake up in the morning and feel ready for the day, because even with so much sleep it still takes 3+ alarms and Tyler’s help to get me out of bed most days. Crossfit and dance definitely help. I feel so much better on the days when I get more exercise, and sleep like a rock!

Moral of the story is get more sleep so you can get more exercise. Get more exercise so you will get more sleep. It’s a cycle, so break into it and make it happen!!

Strength: EMOTM (Every Minute On The Minute) for 15 mins of:

Super interested in this volume&strength training! I like EMOTMs because they allow for a little bit of rest with explosive periods of work. I probably could have gone heavier on the Power Cleans, and it seems like just about everyone at the box overestimated and went a little lighter than they could have. But I was also trying to keep in mind the beast of a WOD coming after this, where I was going to take on 60 Toes-to-Bar. Speaking of:

WOD: 14:23

4 Rounds For Time:

  • 15 Toes-to-BarDid. Every. One. Rx.
  • 15 Back-Rack LungesLevel 1 weight of 32lbs, bleh (barbell lunges in video).
  • Run 200m: Rx. Ha.

Eff me. The TTB were hard. The lunges were hard. The runs were hard. Everything. It was a good workout, but I can tell I’m going to be hurting tomorrow. I probably could have gone for 45ish pounds on the lunges, but it would have added a lot to my time. I had enough of a struggle with the TTB and the running in 102degrees, so I’m not too worried about it. I was one of the last 5 or so to finish, and there were lots of people cheering me on. It was awesome and I did the last set of lunges with only one quick break to adjust the bar on my back. That was a fun workout, and I hope that in the future I’ll be able to revisit it and compare times.

Oh, I took video at dance class last night and pulled some stills in case I’m too busy to edit together a video. I’ll be writing a proper entry about why I think every single female should try pole dancing at some point in her lives later on in the week if I have time!!!