Why we sleep and why it is important

A very good book by Matthew Walker explains why we sleep and the benefits of sleeping well and long enough (at least 8 hours/day).

From the Conclusions:

Within the space of a mere hundred years, human beings have abandoned their biologically mandated need for adequate sleep—one that evolution spent 3,400,000 years perfecting in service of life-support functions. As a result, the decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our life expectancy, our safety, our productivity, and the education of our children.

This silent sleep loss epidemic is the greatest public health challenge we face in the twenty-first century in developed nations. If we wish to avoid the suffocating noose of sleep neglect, the premature death it inflicts, and the sickening health it invites, a radical shift in our personal, cultural, professional, and societal appreciation of sleep must occur.

I believe it is time for us to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep, without embarrassment or the damaging stigma of laziness. In doing so, we can be reunited with that most powerful elixir of wellness and vitality, dispensed through every conceivable biological pathway. Then we may remember what it feels like to be truly awake during the day, infused with the very deepest plenitude of being.

Twelve Tips for a Healthy Sleep

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  2. Exercise is great, but not too late in the day
  3. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, before going to sleep
  4. Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed
  5. Avoid large meals and beverages late at night
  6. If possible, avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep
  7. Don’t take naps after 3pm
  8. Relax before bed
  9. Take a hot bath before bed
  10. Dark bedroom. No TV, tablets, smartphones.
  11. Have the right sunlight exposure
  12. Don’t lie in bed awake

Improve your wellbeing and health, read this very good book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker.

More integrations

We are adding support for additional services  and devices.

We are happy to announce that Selfloops has been included in RunGap. RunGap is the most well-connected Workout Data manager on the App Store with support for more than 20 of the most popular services. It is used to keep your complete training history on your iPhone or iPad and view, analyze, share, backup and export your workouts as you like.

We are also adding automatic sync with Bryton Sports bike computers.

BRYTON INC. was established in 2009 by elite consumer electronics product development and marketing teams with years of experience in the global Bryton brings together performance, fun and social networking into normal everyday exercise activities.



Selfloops habla Español

The entire website is now available in Spanish. For our growing community of Spanish speaking athletes and coaches around the World. Our smartphone applications are also available in Spanish.

If your browser is set to Spanish, you’ll automatically get the Spanish version of the website. You can always change the language settings in the website, in the user settings section.


Polar integration

We have added Polar in the list of services we integrate with. This means that activities performed using Polar devices or apps and uploaded on the Polar Flow website are automatically synchronized with the Selfloops website.

The Selfloops website is the platform where you can analyze all your activities, no matter what device or service you use. And we’ll continue to add more services.

Selfloops is already integrated with Strava, the Withings/Nokia scaleGarminGoldenCheetahPowerAgentSRM.
Stay tuned, more to come in 2018.