I do not usually watch football and I don’t know a lot about the sport rules and teams, but I did watch the Superbowl in part this past Sunday (Feb 7, 2021). As a Canadian, it was very cool knowing the half-time show featured The Weeknd, who is reportedly the first Canadian to perform at a Superbowl solo.
Now I may not know a lot about football BUT I do know a lot about sleep. Watching Tom Brady win his 7th Superbowl title was amazing. Tom Brady now has more Superbowl championships than any individual franchise. That is a statistic that may never be matched or bettered.
How did he do this? The coaching, training, drive for competition and dedication are all factors but he is also very particular about getting good quality healthy sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep, he reports in his 2017 book The TB12 Method, is one of his strict protocols daily.
Tom Brady is reported to have one of the best sleep hygiene routines and system of protocols I have ever seen, and I wanted to share this with everyone as sleep hygiene is vital in succeeding in a good healthy night’s sleep.
One of his protocols is to strictly follow a “to bed by 9 pm and up at 6 am” sleep schedule, achieving 9 hours of sleep every night. Oh, what we could all do with 9 hours of sleep. I personally am also a 9pm to bed person and on the nights, I can not make that a reality I, like Tom, have a nap the following afternoon to help with the loss of sleep the night before.
Other routines Tom is reported to keep include:
- Avoiding eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- He avoids caffeine and alcohol as both are known to affect sleep quality in different ways.
- Limiting sugars overall and especially after lunchtime.
- He keeps his workouts to earlier in the day. This can be different for some and many enjoy some degree of fitness in the evening especially something like relaxation yoga.
- All electronics are turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime including his phone and TV.
He also credits his wife for the rule of no cell phones near the bed and no TV in the bedroom.
- The bedroom is kept cool (about 65 F/18 C), dark and quiet and he controls all possible allergens such as pets and dust as they can cause congestion at night impacting breathing.
It is great learning about Tom Brady’s routines and protocols for getting a healthy night’s sleep and they are something we at Sleep Better Live Better support wholeheartedly. Having good Sleep Hygiene is important and we are your resource for all sleep questions and issues.
If you have any questions about your sleep in general, sleep hygiene, poor sleep issues, snoring and/or sleep apnea we welcome you to contact us TODAY.
Sleep Well and Healthy!
Dr Sharnell Muir Diplomate ABDSM, Diplomate ASBA