Jess Swarbreck

Jess Swarbreck

Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
Trainer

Intro blog questions

  • Apr 13th, 2019 at 10:17PM

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1. Where are you in the world and whats the weather like?
I'm in the UK, specifically Staffordshire in the Midlands. The weather has been beautiful if a little cold- perfect for working out outside although I'm looking forward to some heat!

2. Are you training with anyone?
My husband and dog are usually pottering about in the garden whilst I work out. We also have sheep from the next door farm visiting us a fair bit.

3. Is this the first time you've used kettlebells? If so, what do you think so far?
I actually used to teach a kettlebells class but haven't used them myself for well over a year. Its great to be training with them again.

4. What question would you like to ask other members (that they can answer in comments on your blog)?
How do you make sure you get a great nights sleep? Sleep is something I'm struggling with more and more- any tips gratefully received!

 
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11 comments

John H.John H.Kenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
2 months ago

You have sheep! Counting sheep is good for sleep (just kidding!). Getting enough sleep is hard for me...I tend to workout before bedtime, although I am trying to change this...sometimes if it is too close to bedtime the blood having gone to muscles effects the ability for me to sleep, but if enough time goes between workout and sleep, I sleep like a log...go right out. so maybe this is kind of a non-answer, but best I can muster.


    Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
    Assistant Trainer2 months ago

    Sleep can be hard for me too, especially as I age and if I'm stressed. The Kenzai lessons on sleep hygiene have been helpful - particularly the no screens after 9pm rule. Melatonin has been helpful. On a rough insomnia night, my lifesaver has been - can I say this on a Kenzai blog? - a marijuana edible. It eases the anxiety, makes me sleepy and the only side effect the next morning is a little dry mouth.


      Michelle K.Michelle K.Kenzai Member
      2 months ago

      @Ed C., as long as there isnt too much sugar in it :-)


        Rouella L.Rouella L.Kenzai Body | Day 37 (Member)
        2 months ago

        You have a sheep! So cute! Looks like you live in a beautiful country side. Sleep has always been an issue with me especially during stressful times. During the week, my bf prefer a no curtain-open window to let natural light in waking us up in the morning since he needs to be at work really early before 7am. But this means the light from the outside easily wakes me up in the middle of the night and disrupts my sleep. To catch up, on weekends I make sure our room is pitch black to get a good full night of sleep. Maybe check the lighting in your bedroom? Can you still do something to make it pitch black? I find this really helps.


          Alan F.Alan F.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 30 (Member)
          2 months ago

          @rouella Pitch black is required for me too

          The best for me is to workout in the morning and listen to my body when it then wants to go to bed early, a few days in and the routine sets and it’s great. Problem of course is keeping it going!


            Mark B.Mark B.Kenzai Member
            2 months ago

            Wow sheep! Don't see many of those in Hong Kong! Thanks for getting me transitioned so quickly into the Bells from Iron and really looking forward to a second go at this programme. Cheers Brom


              Barb H.Barb H.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 30 (Member)
              2 months ago

              Looks like a beautiful spring day!
              Sleep is tough for me too. I have no problem falling asleep, but wake up during the night. I have to keep the room temperature quite cold, which helps. Also, I’m really trying to keep a good routine - going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.


                Nandini J.Nandini J.Kenzai Member
                2 months ago

                How wonderful to have sheep walk in to your garden!! Perhaps soft music with no lights and no screen (as suggested by teammates) before can help with better sleep! Can't get over sheep walking in.... no chance in SG of this at all!


                  Barb H.Barb H.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 30 (Member)
                  2 months ago

                  Jess, I forgot about another sleep trick that may help? If you’ve done KMind, you know about the body scan meditation. That type reminded me of when I was little and couldn’t get to sleep. My Dad sat by my bedside and talked me through relaxing my muscles starting from my toes and slowly working up to my head. He only had to do it once as it stuck with me and I still use the same technique to this day when needed (like last night, in fact). See how far you can get, and once your mind starts wandering, start again at your toes. Thought I would share:-)


                    Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 9 (Member)
                    Trainer2 months ago

                    @Barb thats so sweet, I remember my Dad doing the same thing. Great idea, and I will definitely revisit it.

                    Thank you all for you suggestions, I feel better rested already :)


                      Helen L.Helen L.Kenzai Chisel | Day 16 (Member)
                      2 months ago

                      It has been said but really putting the phone down and having some time with no screens including tv helps. That and morning workouts. Happy zzzzs


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