The Secrets of Sleep

If we don’t know why we can’t sleep, it’s in part because we don’t really know why we need to sleep in the first place. We know we miss it if we don’t have it. And we know that no matter how much we try to resist it, sleep conquers us in the end. We know that seven to nine hours after giving in to sleep, most of us are ready to get up again, and 15 to 17 hours after that we are tired once more.

An Open Letter to Crossfit: The 2 Mistakes

Physical Therapist Aaron Swanson blames the epidemic injury rates from Crossfit on two things: constantly training to (and past) failure, and not training unilaterally enough. He addresses these points in a series of two posts (part 2 can be found here.)

At the same time, he makes a point that we ought not to forget:

As many physical therapists have probably noticed, there is an increase in the amount of Crossfit athletes showing up in our clinics. This isn’t because it injures everyone. It’s because it’s becoming very popular and people love it.

We see the same thing happen during ski season and marathon season. It’s not necessarily the activity, it’s the increase in participation.

So when you jump to the conclusion that "I heard Crossfit is dangerous and causes plenty of injuries," also say to yourself, "but so does every other sport out there."

Crossfit's problem is that it encourages everyone to attempt olympic weightlifting at high-intensities from day one. Of course this is dangerous; olympic weightlifting is an olympic sport. We'd see just as many injuries if we put people into a pair of skis for the first time and told them to race to the bottom of a hill. With any other sport, we take the time to learn proper technique and ramp our way up to high-intensity. Only in Crossfit is intensity defaulted to maximal from the get-go.

Ben Brooks on The Synopsis

Ben:

I linked to my new site when I launched it, but I didn’t write about it much. I didn’t want to say too much, as I just wanted to see what happened. That and I was pretty busy at the time.

I do think it is worth taking a moment to address the site and some of the motivations, goals, and ideas behind the site.

I've already linked to and written briefly about our new project. This new article by Ben Brooks, co-founder, is worth a read if you want a more detailed exploration of the site.

Are You Sacrificing Your Health?

The fact is, in most of these circumstances, most of us have a choice. It may not be the most attractive choice, the easiest choice, the most socially acceptable choice, but it’s an option when we’re designing our daily life and the larger shifts that influence it. If we truly value our health, I’d brazenly propose that our health actually be a concrete consideration for our decision making.

A truly fantastic article from Mark Sisson, one of the best "paleo" bloggers you'll find.

This post really speaks to me. It revolves around a subject that I've been personally dealing with lately: prioritizing my own health when time, commitments, and stress make it difficult to. It's tough. Tougher than it seems, and tougher than it should be. I wholeheartedly agree that our personal health ought to be the number one consideration when making decisions—after all, in the end, it's us, and it's all we have. So why is it so difficult?

The Synopsis

Since Tab Dump closed down a while back, a few of us were left looking for alternative curated-news service. Instead, we decided to make our own.

Founded by Ben Brooks and Bradley Chambers, The Synopsis is an attempt at curating a (week)daily list of the news and articles that you ought to be reading.

I'm currently a contributor (most of health, science, and tech-related articles) and am looking forward to seeing how it takes off. Check it out and let us know what you think.