Sleep

Sleep.  How much are you getting?  Are you getting enough?  Too much?  Too little?  How do you know how much sleep you need?  Are you burning the candle at both ends?

Sleep can affect climbing quite a lot.  It can affect overall performance, alertness, coordination, situational awareness, judgement, motivation,  mental and physical fitness in general, and a host of other things.  It might not be immediately obvious to you, but the amount of sleep you get affects your climbing partner, too.  Sleep heavily affects safety!  Every time your climbing partner allows you to catch for them, they are literally putting their life in your hands.  They trust you with their life!  That’s a pretty heavy responsibility, and if you aren’t getting enough sleep for whatever reason, you might not be alert enough to see the subtle, yet tell-tale signs that your partner is in need of or very soon-to-be in need of a catch.  If you’re too tired to belay, or if something else is affecting your ability to be safe in any way, whether you’re climbing or catching, let your climbing partner know.  They’ll respect you for it and nobody will get hurt!!!  If insomnia or snoring are problems that you have, talk to you doctor about it, too.  There may be something that can be done medically.  Above all else, remember that we are all in this together.  It takes courage to face our individual challenges, whatever they might be, and you’ll have the support of the climbing community and their respect if you’re honest about what’s going on!  We have to have each other’s backs, and that begins with trust!!!

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