Hello March Madness, goodbye sleep

Weeeeeeeeeee!!!! It’s one of my favorite times of the year! It’s MARCH MADNESS, BABY. (Pretend that I just made a killer Dick Vitale impersonation there.)

I LOVE Selection Sunday and I have this love/hate relationship with picking out my brackets. I won two years in a row, thankyouverymuch. But now, picking a winning bracket with science and logic makes as much sense as picking winning teams by the flip of a coin. (Or that woman who won last year just by picking her favorite animal mascots.) My friend won our pool last year by picking her favorite colors based on the competing teams. I kid you not. What I’m trying to say here is that bracketology strategy is part luck (ok, a lot of luck) and part team stats.

Needless to say, sleep goes by the wayside Thursday-Sunday as I anxiously bite my nails, hoping that I made the right choices. Mr. M. always tells me that it’s not about winning the pool, but watching really stellar games and upsets. And every year I roll my eyes and pray that all my research pays off and that I WIN. (You got that, Miami? I’m banking on you!)

Now I know I’m supposed to promote healthy sleep tips, but with March Madness and these late night Thurs-Sun games, our bedtimes can sometimes go by the wayside–mine included. I do have a few rules though when it comes to late-night basketball watching.

1. NO tvs in the bedroom. Keep your bedroom as your sleep sanctuary and watch the games somewhere else–your living room, man cave, etc.
2. No laptops or PDAs in the bedroom either. If you plan on recording the game to watch later, don’t allow yourself the temptation to check the scores when you’re trying to doze off. Plus, the light emitted from those devices can disrupt sleep.
3. If you’re going to a bar to watch the games, try and not drink booze or caffeinated sodas within 2-3 hours of bedtime.

For those of you watching the games this year and entering a pool, good luck and godspeed. Unless, of course you’re in any of my pools…

Until next time…
Sweet Dreams (and go Wisconsin, Marquette, Miami and Georgetown!)

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