Vlog #8; Beautyrest Sleeptracker

My eighth vlog entry with some of that fancy editing like my friend Michael over on Beyond the Rhetoric does.

In this vlog post I discuss my favourite pastime – SLEEP – and how the Beautyrest Sleeptracker is making me more aware of the factors that influence my sleep.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Beautyrest for this campaign, but my opinions about my sleep, my wife being a princess (or not) and the efficacy of the Beautyrest Sleeptracker are all my own.

I Sleep To Be The Best Family Man I Can Be

Some people say that, “Not all that gets measured matters. However, “sleep” is something that can be measured and trust me, sleep really does matter.

Beautyrest Sleeptracker

It was not until I had children that I realized how important it was to “measure” and “manage” my sleep and my sleep habits.

In the first two years of my children’s lives I was so sleep deprived that there were times I had to pull off the road and sleep for a few minutes in my car. I was so sleep deprived that I saw meetings and sporting events as opportunities to sleep.

My sleeping in staff meetings got so out of control that my colleagues held a vote while I was sleeping and elected me chair of the meetings; and trust me, being chair of the meetings is an “honor” nobody wants.

I was so sleep deprived that I didn’t even wake up when they changed the constitution of our organization so that I was elected chair for two years without a break.

After getting elected chair of the staff meetings I began to realize just how bad my sleep “hygiene” had become and I was reminded of Peter Drucker’s words, “What gets measured gets managed.”

Now that I am chair of the meetings I sleep to be alert and in control of myself and the meetings I attend – and chair. I sleep to be the best person I can possibly be for my work and perhaps more importantly, for when I am at home with my family.

Although my work is very important to me, the really important part of my life is my family: my wife, my children and my mother and my sister are my inspiration to be the best person I can be. And now I sleep to be best person I can be and to do that, I need to better manage my sleep.

To be brutally honest with myself, when I do not get a good night’s sleep, I am not a pleasant person to be around. I am snippy and … well, unpleasant.

So what can I do to manage myself better? Like other parts of life, I can now use technology to measure and manage my sleep.

Beautyrest Sleeptracker

I recently received a Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor which has a powerful processor, highly accurate sensors, and an intuitive app that has integrated seamlessly with my bed – leaving my arms free of any gadgets so I can sleep in comfort while the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitors my heart rate and respiration rate to share a minute-by-minute snapshot of my time in deep sleep, light sleep and R.E.M. sleep.

Beautyrest Sleeptracker

Beautyrest Sleeptracker generates data, personalized coaching tips and the individual sleep score for up to two people simultaneously, based on a variety of key sleep metrics – including sleep efficiency, progress toward sleep goals, how long it takes to fall asleep, how long users spend in each sleep cycle and how many times they were awake throughout the night.

Remember Peter Drucker’s words, “What gets measured gets managed.”

To that end the user-friendly app translates precise data into smart, actionable coaching tips designed to help you unlock a better night’s sleep and a more productive next day.

I am very much looking forward to seeing how my attitude during my “awake” hours change as I learn more about my sleep patterns from the data provided by the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor. Because as I said, #ISleepTo be the best person I can be for my family, and so that I can be the best chair my staff has ever had!!

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Beautyrest for this campaign, but my opinions on my sleep and the Beautyrest Sleeptracker are entirely my own.

A Restonic Mattress and the Importance of Sleep

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad   and Restonic Mattress for this promotion. As always, full editorial control stays with me. 

Just over seven years ago my life changed forever when I became the father of twin daughters. Before my kids were born I would go to bed at some point in the evening, usually about 10pm, and sleep through the night until I woke up to an alarm clock, usually around 6am.

After my kids were born that part of my life ended. I have not used an alarm clock since their birth. In fact for the first two years of their lives I rarely slept for more than an hour at any one time.

The fact that our kids were born significantly prematurely made my wife and I hyper-concerned about their well-being. Yes, we instilled in them poor sleeping habits and we continue to live with the consequences of our choices to this day.

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest

As a result of my inability to sleep at night, I learned strategies to get sleep where and when I needed it. For example, staff meetings were great places to catch a few winks. That was until my colleagues got tired of me snorting and snoring while they discussed important issues like where the microwave oven should be placed in the staff kitchen.

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest at Work

They elected me chair of the meetings – while I was sound asleep! No more sleeping at staff meetings. Coincidentally, at the next meeting which I chaired, we managed to decide where to place the microwave oven!

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest

Another place that I found to sleep was in my car. While driving home I would often pull into a parking spot and catch a few minutes of sleep. When I got home my wife would ask where I had been and why I was so late getting home; I would blame my late arrival on heavy traffic.

Restonic Beds
The King of Rest

My ability to sleep in bizarre places went from being hilarious to my friends, to being downright annoying to them. Who wants to invite someone to a sporting event when you know they will simply fall asleep and probably drool on your shoulder?

Being someone who needed some serious help with my sleep habits, how could I refuse when Restonic asked me to partner with them on a blog post about sleep? I couldn’t!

The reality is that I am not at my best when I do not get quality sleep in the night. Sleeping during meetings or on my way home was not meeting my sleep needs. So I started reading from the Restonic Sleep Blog to learn more about sleep and sleep habits.

Some of the key points I read hit close to home  

  • We can’t be nice to our kids or partners if we don’t get enough sleep. 
  • We can’t be good at our jobs if we don’t get enough sleep.
  • And we don’t have the energy to exercise, play with the kids, or make dinner – if we don’t get enough sleep.

That was me.

  • Me not being nice to be around.
  • Me not being productive at work; what was I contributing to my work environment when I was sleeping during meetings?
  • Me being too tired to get any exercise or to go to the park with my kids. 

While my kids’ poor sleep habits have had an impact on my sleep habits, that is only part of the reason why I don’t get enough restful sleep. The reality is that I sleep on a terrible mattress. A mattress that was purchased with the only consideration being how much it cost. That decision continues to cost me plenty.

If people have a good mattress, and thus get a good sleep their day to day lives will benefit from that. And that is why I am seriously considering a new Restonic mattress of my own.

If you are like me and are thinking seriously about your sleep and how rested you get after a night’s sleep, you need to check out Restonic’s Sleep Blog or follow them on Twitter to learn about how a quality mattress can improve the rest that you get each night.

You can also find a Restonic retailer near your home for when you want to visit a Restonic retailer.

If you are interested in winning a very lovely Restonic mattress, feel free to enter the Restonic giveaway – details and how to enter listed below.


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Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad   and Restonic Mattress for this promotion. As always, full editorial control stays with me. 

Consultants and Parasites

I have heard it said that a consultant is a person who comes into your business and immediately and systematically removes all the clocks and devices that you use to tell what time it is. Once all the clocks have been removed, you are wholly dependent on the consultant to know what time it is.

With parenting “consultants” it is a little bit different. They come into your home and tell you everything you are doing is wrong and tell you how you should be doing things. They then present you with an invoice for $400 or $500.

Yes, I speak from experience. And by the way, can anyone tell me what time it is?

Sleeping and Dreaming

Last night, for only the second time since since our baby girls were born I slept long and deep enough to actually slip into a dream. The subject matter of the dream is what is quite amusing.

My dream took me on a complicated path through a restaurant/meeting room complex to a caucus retreat meeting with the BC NDP. Once I was in the meeting room I found my political ally, Tania.

Perhaps the first dream I had was even more peculiar. In that dream I met one to one with Michael Ignatieff at his 4500 acre ranch. I honestly do not even know if he owns a ranch! But in my dream we were sitting in the living-room of his massive ranch house looking out at the mountains. For the record, we did not talk politics.