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Jun 12, 2019 08:59:38

Start with sleep

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Brandon Wilson

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Matthew Walker, PhD is a sleep scientist. I first heard about him on Joe Rogan's podcast. I credit his interviews and his book Why We Sleep with kicking me into high gear to improve my sleep. If you don't have time to read his book, at least carve out 19 minutes and listen to his TED talk Sleep is your superpower

As @abrahamKim pointed out, sleep is the fundamental pillar that provides the foundation for health. 

Last night I achieved a sleep score of 91 (out of 100) as measured by my Oura ring. I slept for a total of 7h 49m. My sleep wasn't always this good, and even now there are nights when it's not great. But I can usually pinpoint behaviors or factors that contributed to a poor night of sleep. As Matthew pointed out at the end of his talk, one major key is consistency. You need a sleep schedule in which you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, seven days a week. None of this, "I'll catch up on the weekends." I realize this is difficult. For many people, life gets in the way. You owe it to yourself to do anything you can to improve the quality of your sleep.

Rather than repeat what I have previously written about sleep, I'll just link to those posts (channeling @lucjah for a brief moment) in case you want to go down the rabbit hole.

The most important question when you wake up

This is when the day starts

My new greeting for people

Red light therapy

Yes sleep is that important

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    @brandonwilson It's bedtime. I'm going to do my best. yawnnnnnnnn Night.

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | Jun 12, 2019 23:37:21
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      @mikebyrnes hihi!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jun 14, 2019 16:30:27
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    @brandonwilson - 91 is awesome Brandon. Well done. I love these gadgets that show us where we are making improvements. You have been tempting me to get this Oura ring for months now. Its outside of my budget and I can't use my Fitbit while sleeping anymore. If I accomplish all my goals in June as I planned, I will get the Oura ring as a reward.
    Regardless, I have been following your advice and have seen improvements in my sleep.

    I am curious - what is a perfect score of 100 sleep look like?

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 12, 2019 16:00:20
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      @keni That's a good reward to shoot for. The highest score I've achieved is 95. That's usually total sleep between 8-9 hours, 1.5 - 2 hours of deep sleep, and over 3 hours of REM sleep. I've also noticed a correlation with physical activity during the day. More activity = better sleep in general.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 12, 2019 13:09:26
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    @brandonwilson Thanks Brandon. I'm gonna keep workin' on it. What's the saying about great minds? https://200wordsaday.com/words/yawwwn-200145d0110439d012

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Jun 12, 2019 15:42:55
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