Q: Can you describe how you feel when you have a good night’s sleep?

A: “When I sleep well, it allows me to feel refreshed bright and early in the mornings. Which is important for me as I start most days around 5 – 5:30am training with my performance director or by myself on a bike ride. That sleep is something that just recharges me. It gets me motivated, comfortable, and ready to attack the day. I love being an entrepreneur and being able to be in real estate and tech. Being rested helps me get the most out of my day on and off the field as I also need to be able to think critically in meetings across my business and real estate portfolio.”

Q: What about when you sleep poorly? 

A: “When I sleep poorly, I am an unhappy camper. I am not the most pleasant person to be around. My wife can attest to that. And that usually turns into me having to nap in the middle of the day, which I do not like to do because it cuts into my day. But at the same time, I will nap because I want to be at my best and I understand that sleep is a key element for my best mind and body performance.”

Q: What is the first thing you look at when you fire up your Oura App?

A: “When I wake up, the first thing I do in the morning is check my Oura app. My Oura data gives me some clues into how my body may be feeling and how it may be set up for a particular training session. Depending on how my Readiness, REM sleep, and deep sleep look, my performance director may scale training backward or ramp it up if I’m rested and ready.”

Q: How important is sleep to your training routine? 

A: “Sleep and my training regimen go hand-in-hand. A lot of people may not realize that your Friday night’s sleep is what you’re playing with on Sunday. So, I make sure I’m in bed, take my melatonin, and have my Oura Ring on. I’m focused on getting that solid eight hours of sleep (if not a little bit more). Mondays and Tuesdays are important recovery days for me, so making sure I can get back into that routine of sleep coming off a game is key.

I typically check my Oura App first thing in the morning after I put it on the charging dock, and check it again in the evening around dinner. After that, I’m in bed no later than 9:30-10”

Q: Do you have any sleep hacks or tips that work for you?A: “Thursday nights, I typically take a good Epsom salt bath. It just kind of relaxes my mind and body. In addition to that, I think having a routine that is consistent is one of the most important things you can do. Just like kids, your body loves a routine. Consistency and the body go together perfectly – try to find a routine you can stick to and it will help your mind and body be at their best.”