How to get Good Sleep

A Thanks to Lipedia over at Wikimedia Commons

We martial artists are an active bunch, we train for hours everyday. We stretch, pull, and punish our bodies. And we push ourselves to our limits and beyond all in the name of perfection in the arts. But woe unto the warrior who forgets his body’s “mortar”: sleep!

Sleep is, considered by most experts, to be just as vital to fitness and health as exercise and healthy eating. It is during the cycles of sleep that your body starts to repair damage done by intense martial arts training and injury.


The following is an Info-graphic from Jason over at Frugal Dad on not only how important it is to get proper sleep, but also what happens to your body during the course of rest and how you can get better sleep overall. Enjoy!


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So then, with all that said:

  1. What kind of sleep trouble do you have?
  2. What do you do to get good sleep?




6 thoughts on “How to get Good Sleep

  1. I’m a fairly light sleeper (I think?). I often feel that I’ve been dreaming all night – not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, and I wake up quite a lot though I can get back to sleep quite easily. However I do sleep for longer periods at a time now that I’m eating a low carb diet and I’m not so tired during the daytime.

  2. I do not get enough sleep but I am fortunate that I do not have trouble falling asleep. I can also wake up in the middle of the night and go back to sleep easily. My husband is an insomniac. He has been to several sleep labs which indicate he wakes up over 200 times per night.

  3. I sleep like the dead. I’m asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, and I usually wake a few minutes before the alarm goes off.

    My wife however, is in the midst of certain chemical changes that occurs to all women of a certain age and doesn’t sleep at all.

    I’m grateful every morning to wake up and find that I haven’t been smothered in my sleep with my own piillow.

  4. OSU,

    I have horrible horrible insomnia, complicated by night terrors (go team PTSD!) and I rarely manage to fall asleep before dawn.

    I love the daytime and tend to be pretty sad when I miss most of the light-filled hours. Sleep just… doesn’t happen for me until I’m utterly exhausted, most nights.

    What helps me sleep? Ambien. Unfortunately, Ambien also helps me dye my hair, cook weird food, re-arrange furniture, make crazy art, and write EXTREMELY embarrassing e-mails to my Shihan. D:

    So uh yeah, no Ambien for me.

    My Sensei has always only slept about 4 to 6 hours most days. That’s just always kind of been how he has slept. Now that he is almost 48, however, he needs more sleep. He rarely gets it.

    The funny thing is that he often goes into his REM cycle INSTANTLY. In fact, if he is tired enough, he will be talking, close his eyes for a second or two, and suddenly change what he is saying mid-sentence, to something that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. When I point this out, he blinks, confused, and then tells me all about a dream he just had- it only takes a second in his head, but it can be a fairly long scenario. He will go from wide awake to dreaming, just like that, completely bypassing all the other stages of the sleep cycle. I have no idea how or why.

    Thankfully this doesn’t happen in class, lol! It only happens when he’s at rest and very very tired.

    Sometimes on the weekends he’ll come hang out at my place, and pass out. I just let him sleep. Sometimes he’ll be out for a good 12 hours…

    Me, I just have night terrors and wake up to a flashback, which makes it harder for me to fall asleep. It’s gotten so bad that now I usually barely wake up in time for class- which is in the evening. :/


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