Sleep Number Insider Brian Pendergast and companion in Bears jerseys next to Walter Payton statue by Solider Field.

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The Dad Who Loves Sports [Insider Story]

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The Dad Who Loves Sports [Insider Story]

Hi, Brian! I hear you really like Chicago sports teams. Tell us some of that history.

I’m a White Sox fan and that’s probably where it all started. I played baseball when I was younger and my dad would take me to Sox games. Then from there, we’d go to the Bears games. I’ve probably been to every single sports event that mattered from the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks, to the Bears when they faced the Packers and tried to go to the Super Bowl. If you’re from Chicago, you’re a die-hard fan no matter what. You take the pain, you still go to the games and you enjoy it and just go from there.

Tell us about some other things you do.

The kids take up a lot of time, especially now that I have a newborn. I do enjoy taking my twelve-year-old to games; I’ve done that since she was around four years old. And we like doing things outdoors. When I’m at home, my focus is on the family and just doing stuff outdoors, like going to the zoo or downtown or to the botanical gardens. Chicago is just such a good city for doing stuff.

What drew you to Sleep Number in the first place?

I married my wife in 2014, and we already had a Sleep Number bed, but we bought a new Sleep Number bed in 2015. We were thinking, well, we really do need a new bed and we’re getting a bigger family. So, our new Sleep Number bed is a king size with all the bells and whistles and it’s amazing. And my older daughter got our old our queen size. She just loves every bit of it.

Do you use the SleepIQ app to understand how you’re sleeping?

Yes. I’m right where I should be. My score was 70 last night. But that changes from day to day, especially with a newborn. It’s good to keep track of those things because sleep is pretty important in everybody’s life and you really don’t realize it. It’s your lifestyle, it’s what you do.

How does sleep help you in daily life?

Well, now I have a normal nine-to-five, but before that, I used to work on the railroad and worked graveyard. I had to come home, sleep and then wake up when everybody else was going to bed. So having a Sleep Number bed helped. The more sleep you have, the more energy that you have, the more you can do.

Do you have a particular bedtime routine?

One of the things learned from your articles [on the Sleep Number blog] is that you don’t want to eat right before bed. So I try to avoid that. But I drink some water. And then, you know, just hop into bed, watch a little YouTube or catch up on some articles on my phone and then eventually just set the alarm on my phone and go to sleep.

If you could sleep anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Probably the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Because at one point it could be super cold or super hot and at the base it’s the hybrid between both. And I just think it’d be a neat experience.

Finally, what is your Sleep Number setting?


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