Learning to sleep properly can help you align your biochemistry with your soul’s purpose.
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The following excerpt is from Ben Angel’s book Unstoppable: A 90-Day Plan to Biohack Your Mind and Body for Success. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound
It’s time to dive deep, to bring your body and mind into alignment with that unstoppable version of yourself. To achieve this blissful alignment, the first step involves sleeping for consolidation, rest and rejuvenation.
Lack of sleep causes a number of health issues that can compound over time and impact our mood. Too little sleep upsets our emotions and our ability to make rational decisions. Likewise, excess fatigue can cause stress and irritability and engage “decision fatigue” well before it would normally be triggered.
We each have a unique circadian rhythm. It is an approximately 24-hour rhythm that ticks away in the background of our daily life, setting the pace for our minds and bodies. By following our natural patterns as much as possible, we feel more rested and experience greater mental clarity.
So how can you improve the quality of your sleep and recharge your battery so you’re ready for the day ahead? The following list provides suggestions for getting a good night’s sleep (without the use of drugs):
1. Block junk light.
Avoid using your electronic devices before bed, as they emit blue light that inhibits the production of the melatonin hormone, which regulates your sleep/wake cycle. This reduction makes it more difficult to fall asleep. Every time you look at the blue light from a screen, you’re sending a signal to your brain that the sun is up. Most new phones now come with a built in “blue light filter.” Have this set to automatically come on around the same time the sun sets. Second, be sure to get plenty of natural light during the day — it will help you produce more melatonin at night to help you sleep.
2. Block social media.
You knew this one was coming! Social media’s addictive nature can pull us into a news feed and not let us out for hours. Your social media use may be causing you stress before bed. Allow at least one to two hours before sleep for your mind to wind down. Social media app blockers are available for both Android and iOS. After a week, you’ll realize how many times a day you check your phone and how much better you feel once the pattern is interrupted. Social media