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47: How Andy Stopped Sweating and Started Sleeping

By April 23, 2016Podcasts
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As a regular “life explorer,” I find myself experimenting with interesting and different things. I love to “buck the norm.” I also love change — but change for a reason. Whether it’s letting go of a long-standing belief; figuring out the most efficient, economical, or healthy way to do something; or determining the best make, model, or version of a gadget, product, app. You could say I’m addicted to experimentation.

In AP’s Adventure-casts, you’ll learn about my process. I’ll share with you my thoughts, trials and errors and learnings. They’ll be short (less than fifteen minutes), applicable, fun, and informative.

How to Stop Sweating and Start Sleeping

My wife runs cold. She goes to bed dressed in pajamas with an electric blanket under her, plus a sheet, blanket, and comforter over her, and it’s between 65 and 70 degrees in our bedroom. Me? I’m always hot. I go to bed in only my underwear, with the window open and a fan on, and I cover myself with just a sheet — and I wake up in a pool of sweat almost every night.

Less than a year ago, this was a regular nighttime occurrence. At the time, my first instinct was to blame the mattress. It’s made of foam, and according to everything I’ve read on foam mattresses, they run hot. So, I started contemplating finding a new mattress. Ugh. That’s a dreadful process. Plus, we had recently purchased this one. The last thing I wanted was to go through the hassle and expense of buying another.

Then it dawned on me — I hadn’t actually tested any other options. What if there was something else I could do to “sleep cooler”?

I thought long and hard and came up with an experiment to try. The idea I came up with was a little crazy and born of total desperation. Believe me, if I could have come up with a better idea, I would have. Even though I believed the idea was doomed to fail (I gave it a one in ten chance of working), I forged ahead.

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Andy Petranek
Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.