Sleep is one of the 2 most important performance elements in your performance plan. Last week we focused on the war that is going on in your gut. Today we are tackling your sleep account. If I ask someone “are you in debt?” most people can confidently answer yes or no. But when I ask “do you have sleep debt?” they struggle to find an answer. Don’t you wish you had a sleep credit card statement that came each month telling you how much sleep you owe? Just like credit cards, you can pay them off but you can’t save money in them. You can’t bank 3 days of sleep before going to Coachella. You can however pay off the debt from your weekend by adding small increments of sleep via naps, going to bed early and sleeping in. Sleep debt, like credit card debt, can rack up over the years says Brendan Marcello PHD @bmarcello13 in my interview with him on this weeks Coach Glass Podcast Ep117 BioHack Your Performance. Years of sleep debt are not going to be erased with a simple nap so we need to nip it in the bud! It is important that you are aware of the symptoms of sleep debt. Brendon advises you to take an inventory of your state of alertness and focus after lunch. Do you feel the need for a coffee or other stimulant right after lunch? It may be the result of your insulin levels from your Big Mac Combo or indicating that your sleep debt is catching up to you. Do you nap? I often hear people say they don’t nap because they wake up feeling groggy and more tired than when they went to bed. Brendon suggests you take a “Nappaccino” which is a coffee or tea followed by a nap. It takes about 15-20 minutes for the caffeine to kick in which gives you just enough time to fall asleep. When you wake you will feel all the focussed benefits from the caffeine. Talk about Grass Fed Buddha in your Nap! I love it.