Watching the Olympics
in Beijing less than two years ago kept a lot of us up late at night,
waiting and waiting for the events to be shown. The teasers kept us high on
alert and anticipation: Coming up, in
about 45 minutes, Michael Phelps goes for his 6th gold… But before that, we’ll turn to women’s
gymnastics where the Chinese are determined to beat the Americans…
Now we’re back at the games again, this time in Vancouver where the adrenaline is pumping both at the competition and at home on the couch as we watch these crazy wintertime athletes strut their stuff.
- How many wipe-outs on the snow or ice does it take to steal an hour of sleep?
- How many photo-finishes and superhuman races at breakneck speeds does it take to push long past our body’s inherent bedtime?
Not many. But you have to love the thrill of these games and the suspense being spoon-fed to us like candy…with way too many commercials thrown in between.
My suggestion? What I like to call “Sleep Efficient TV” – or how to get your sleep and watch your favorite TV programming, too.
- Set up your DVR to record the events every night (check local listings for exact time/channels of the coverage you want to see).
- Watch the recorded events about 30 to 60 minutes behind so you can fast-forward through the commercials (at least the ones you don’t want to see) and speed up how long it takes to see everything.
- Go online to find out the who, what, where, when, why, and how of all the action. Download the highlights. Check out all the extra online features while you’re at it, too, such as biographical segments and interesting tidbits about the games.
- Stick to your bedtime even if the event you want to watch hasn’t been shown yet. Just let the DVR keep recording and check it out the next day.
You know all those Olympians are sure to get their sleep. Why not you?