Research shows that children ages of 9 and 15 in the early stages of puberty are more sensitive to light from television, cell phones, computers, tablets, etc. at night compared to older teens. This in turn disrupts their sleep.
What can parents do?
– Make a plan for sleep: Set a bedtime for that will provide enough time to sleep—and keep as close to it as you can
– Get bright light every morning upon wake up to help move the internal clock stay at an earlier time that can help enhance sleep onset
– Avoid light at night before bedtime to keep the internal clock from moving later
– Avoid “arousing” activities in the evening; have a wind-down time to relax for about 30 minutes before bedtime
– Don’t sleep with cell phone on, nor the computer, TV, or any other technology (including lights) in the bedroom
– Stick as closely as you can to the sleep schedule on weekends
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to make it to the big Reebok Coaches Throwdown event here in Seoul. It was held at the swimming pools in Jamwon Hangang Park along the Han River. Being a trainer and all – could have been a part of this, but wasn’t sure if I was going to make it back in time from Army training. It was interesting to attend nonetheless. Here are some pics I took.
The competition was a team set-up where CrossFit coaches from all over Korea were in teams of six – it looks like they were randomly assigned. You had to be a trainer to enter. It would’ve been cool working with complete strangers towards the singular goal of winning this thing. There were three workouts – one of them being a pool WOD made of swimming the length of the pool and muscle-ups (both not being my strong points). They drained one of the pools for the main workout stage. All of the brochures and info about this event were in hangul, so I couldn’t really get anymore info.
Being a swag whore, I was disappointed that a lot of the swag tents were bone-dry by the time I arrived. I got a Reebok tattoo, aloe vera water, and some brochures. Got to catch up with fellow trainers/friends I met through all of the certifications I attended in Korea. Even if you weren’t taking part in the main competition, there were tents that offered workout challenges which were mostly AMRAPs. You’d win a prize if you were at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day. Got second at the kettlebell challenge: 3-minute AMRAP KB C&J followed by 3-minute rest followed by 3-minute AMRAP KB jerks followed by 3-minute rest followed by 3-minute AMRAP KB snatches. My highlight of the day though: meeting Julie Foucher.
The CF community here in Korea is very robust and still growing. Boxes are sprouting around here like weeds. It’s getting more competitive here too. The different boxes with their flags and banners are very passionate when their star-athlete is on the show floor honorably suffering through a workout. Is this all a fad here? We’ll see with time, but with this environment I wouldn’t be surprised to see Korean athletes make it to the Games in the near future.