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Entertain Your Brain!

If you sleep less than 7 hours a night, read this!

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We all have heard how we need at least 8 hours of sleep to fully recover and perform at our best, but although we try, our sleep schedule is always a mess! So if you are one of those who manage less than 7 hours of sleep per night, you might want to read this!

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Increased risk of the following

Sleeping less than 7 hours a night increases risk of:

• Stroke

• Diabetes

• Depression

• Weight gain

• Heart attack

• Memory loss

• High blood pressure

HABITS TO ADAPT TO SLEEP BETTER

3 factors influencing your sleep:

1. Comfort

2. Light levels

3. Temperature

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How do we improve these?

• Use blackout curtains (light)

• Use an air conditioner (temperature)

• Use a high-quality pillow + mattress (comfort)

These investments pay big dividends for your energy.

Keep it cool.

As mentioned, temperature plays a big factor in your sleep quality. Keep your thermostat set between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 to 19.4 degrees Celsius).

Get sunlight for 5-15 minutes after waking up

The sun sets an internal countdown, telling your body it’s the start of the day. This helps regulate your sleep cycle, making it easier to fall asleep at night.

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AVOID CAFFEINE!

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caffeine stays in your system for 10 hours

Caffeine can kill your sleep quality + quantity.

This is because it blocks adenosine receptors…

Adenosine = The sleep-promoting hormone.

It takes around 10 hours for caffeine to leave your system. Go to bed at 10pm? Don’t use caffeine past 12pm. 4 cups of coffee is no replacement for 8 hours of sleep.

Avoid late-night exercise

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avoid exercise 1-3 hours before sleep

Before sleep, your body prepares by:

• Slowing heart rate

• Slowing brain waves

• Lowering body temperature

Exercise leads to:

• Higher heart rate

• Higher levels of arousal

• Higher body temperature

Avoid exercise 1-3 hours before bed.

Avoid blue light before bed

Blue light comes from:

• Phones

• Computers

• Artificial lights

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This makes our brain think it’s day time and suppresses the sleep hormone, melatonin.

Avoid blue light 1 hour before bed.

But if you have to use tech, wear blue-blocking glasses.

Relax before bed

When you engage in activities that turn on the analytical part of your brain, you create ‘open loops’.

Your brain hates unresolved problems, so it’ll keep you up awake trying to find solutions.

Avoid this by scheduling a “no work” time at night.

Journal before bed

Stimulating activities create open loops.

Journaling closes them.

This is because of 2 reasons:

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1) Writing allows you to actively work through problems and come up with solutions

2) Your brain understands your thoughts are stored somewhere safely so it doesn’t have to keep it at the front of your mind

As a result, your mind is at ease.

Try Meditation

Research has shown the effectiveness of meditation.

Just 10 minutes can:

• Reduce anxiety

• Reduce heart rate

• Reduce blood pressure

These all aid in your ability to fall and stay asleep.

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Sleep at consistent times

Your body has an internal clock it follows. If you go to bed late one night and early the next, you’ll throw off your circadian rhythm.

So create a schedule you go to bed and wake up at.

You’ll fall asleep faster and wake up refreshed.

SUMMARY

If you sleep less than 7 hours, follow these 10 tips tonight:

1. Optimize your room

2. Keep it cool

3. Get sunlight

4. Don’t consume caffeine late

5. Avoid late-night exercise

6. Avoid blue light

7. Relax before bed

8. Journal

9. Meditate

10. Sleep consistently