Pennsif’s Progress #582 – Let’s talk about sleep

I was going to write this blog post about ‘How Steem has changed my life’. I have a bucket load of positives for steem – but one great big fat negative.

Sleep. The lack thereof.

I have always been a bit of a late bird. From pulling ‘all-nighters’ as a student to get the assignments in before the 9am deadline, to working through the night in the office when I first started my business, to getting over-absorbed in online gaming when I was an Entropia addict.

But they all tended to be occasional. Steem has become habitual. 

Getting to bed by 3am is an early night for me in my world run on Universal Steem Time. Many nights I am still awake to see the sunrise. And then I start work again by 9.30am.

We all know the story. Discord figures heavily in it. With DMs coming in from people all round the world, and all around the clock, it is hard to stop. I always try to answer every message.

I set myself extra steem challenges by having a continual rollcall of time critical fixed points in the week – A Dollar A Day donations every day, My Life In 8 Songs every Thursday, The Alternative Lifestyle Show every Friday, MSP Sustainability Curation post every Sunday…

They all have associated actions that have to be done at certain times. “It can wait til tomorrow” is not usually an option.

And I have a full-time day job as well, so most of my steem activity has to start after 5.30pm when my second work day begins.

I enjoy it, so I keep doing it.

But I know it is not for the best. Working late into the early morning is not good for my health, it is not good for my productivity, it is not good for my creativity and not good for my inspiration.

It has to stop. But how?

I am going to try to flick the switch – go to bed early, and get up early.

Maybe real early, like 5am early. Then I can still just catch some of the American east coasters that I work with and the west coasters should be fine. It should also be okay for the people in south east Asian that I interact with.

So that is the plan. I am going to try to get to bed by 11pm at the very latest.

If you see me on Discord after that time – feel free to remind me it is my past my bed time. Shout at me and publicly humilate me on air if I am still lurking around listening to a radio show.

Except my radio shows on Thursdays and Fridays – they will have to be the exceptions.

I know when I do so occasionally have a long night’s sleep I am all of a buzz the next day with super productivity and new ideas aplenty.

So if I do manage to turn back time and get my sleep patterns repaired look out for some weird and wonderful stuff come flowing from my brain.

But for now sleep tight and I’ll catch you with the sunrise…

 

Pennsif’s Progress #613 – Medical Preps 01 – Keeping Fit and Healthy

As I mentioned in my previous post the starting point for any medical prepping is keeping as fit and healthy as possible in the here and now.

In a comment in that post @cecicastor put it very neatly :

People have a tendency to forget about looking after the mind and the body when prepping. They are not something you can buy extra in a can and have it waiting for when you need it.

Unfortunately for most people, me included, good health and fitness is something you have to work at.

Diet, exercise, sleep are the three big ones that underpin physical wellbeing. But getting them all right, all of the time can often be mighty difficult.


Diet

This is probably the easiest for me.

I am what I eat. I eat what I believe in.

My marker words on the food front are organic, local, fresh, raw, fruit, vegetable…

Luckily sweets (candy) and cake really don’t tempt my palate at all.

I love fruit and I could probably just eat that all day if I had a plentiful enough supply.

And I am big on salads, raw food is a bit of a fetish of mine.

The big change for me diet-wise this year was moving from omnivore to vegetarian en route to almost vegan.

I had always been a low meat eater, primarily consuming what we raised ourselves, but after a couple of vegan episodes of The Alternative Lifestyle Show I began to cut out animal products from my diet.

Veganism and prepping is a very interesting topic – and one I will return to in a separate post as it is too complex to cover in a quick paragraph here.

In terms of prepping the key factor is having a good diet that keeps you at a good weight and BMI, and in a healthy state.


Exercise

This one is trickier for me. My job is desk based, and when I finish my daily work, steem ties me to my office chair way longer than it should.

I don’t have a gym membership – in fact I don’t have a gym anywhere near me.

I’ve only got nature’s gym – working in the garden and around the homestead is my main form of exercise.

But I have to admit I can see a big ‘Must do better’ on my report card for this one.

Switch off the computer, and feel the soil between your toes…


Sleep

Arggggh.

I run on IST now – and that can really mess up sleep patterns.

IST, in case you didn’t catch it, is International Steem Time.

I’m in the UK, most of the people I deal with are at 5 or 6 hours behind me.

I stay up way too late. I sleep way too little.

Tonight is going to be different, I promise…


Regular checkups are super important

Like cars, regular service checks are important for the body too.

We aim for dental checkups and hygienist visits every six months.

For eyes it is every 12 or 24 months with the opticians.

Keep a diary or spreadsheet for all the family, make sure you hit those appointments on time.

If you have any other particular health issues, asthma for example, make sure you attend any check up clinics as regular as needed.


Now is the time to get healthy, tomorrow is the time to stay healthy

There is always some excuse to put off changing diet, or to start exercising, or to begin a better sleep routine.

Excuses won’t cut it. The world could collapse tomorrow.

Start now and stick at it.

Monitor and record if that helps. Set up a spreadsheet recording your weight and your BMI.

Keep a note of how long it takes to walk a mile, or better run.

Set some targets and see you how far you get in 6 months.

I will leave the last word on this post to @sir-thrive who commented some wise words on my last post :

I love preaching health and fitness. Especially to the newbies who are hell-bent on packing massive BOBs. It is incredibly hard to hike 3 miles if you’re out of shape. It’s impossible with 100lbs on your back and elevated stress levels.

Get fit now. You will be glad you did when the zombies are after you.



You might also be interested in some of my other posts :
MY RADIO SHOWS
MY PROJECTS

[ dentist image from pixabay – Creative Commons CC0   //  book cover from Hesperian ]

Pennsif’s Progress #616 – Medical Preps – in 3 or 4 easy stages

Today I got a letter from my opticians informing me of my next appointment. I also received a phone call from my dentist.

Keeping up to date with regular checkups at the dentists, opticians and at the doctors for any medical conditions is a key part of our health and medical prepping.

We’ve all seen the post-apoc film or TV show when someone has toothache – it always end painfully !

I’m not a wild fan of the dentists but I would definitely prefer to have that filling sorted now than when the bad times come and the anesthetic has run dry.


Medical Prepping in three easy stages

Medical Prepping is a big, big part of any prepper’s planning.

Outside of the core preps of food, water and shelter I spend more time on our health and medical preps than any other area.

There are many layers to health and medical prepping, for me these include :

  • Current health and fitness
  • Training and skill acquisition
  • Equipment and supplies

Of all the areas of prepping medical prepping is also the one that really needs most participation from the whole family.

Everyone needs to keep as fit and healthy as they can, everyone needs to learn some basic skills.


A Spoonful of Medicine

My adult life began with a year at medical school. I have a post way back that tells why I didn’t continue.

Although I didn’t continue to become a doctor it did give me a certain level of basic knowledge that has certainly been of help in my medical prepping over the years.

I have done first aid courses, studied herbal medicine and accumulated quite a healthy collection of medical related books.

Collecting paper books is one of my prepper passions. I am definitely not an ebook Kindle sort of guy. Despite Amazon’s best attempts to lure me electronic books just don’t cut it in my prepping setup.

I will do a separate post about my medical library but one book that has been with me through various editions over the years is ‘Where There Is No Doctor‘ – primarily targeting developing countries but still a must-have in my collection.

If you buy Where There Is No Doctor, along with its sister book Where There Is No Dentist, direct from Hesperian who produce the books you can help their charitable work around the world. The Doctor book is $26.95 and the Dentist book is $16.95.


As Medical Prepping is such a big and critical area I am going to expand this into a number of separate posts.

But picking up on yesterday’s 10 Mile Radius Project post I would highlight the point of getting to know where all your local doctors, clinics, pharmacies, veterinary practices are.

If things go bad medical supplies are going to become valuable, and vital, commodities.

For now get fit, stay healthy, plan for the worse…

And if you have a bit of viewing time to spare check out the YouTube channels of Skinny Medic and Dr Bones & Nurse Amy :

 



You might also be interested in some of my other posts :
MY RADIO SHOWS
MY PROJECTS

[ dentist image from pixabay – Creative Commons CC0   //  book cover from Hesperian ]