“Sleep is the secret sauce.
There isn’t one facet of your mental, emotional, or physical performance that’s not affected by the quality of your sleep.
The big challenge is that in our fast-paced world today, millions of people are chronically sleep deprived and suffering the deleterious effects of getting low quality sleep.
The consequences of sleep deprivation aren’t pretty either. Try immune system failure, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression, and memory loss just to name a few.
Most people don’t realize that their continuous sleep problems are also a catalyst for the diseases and appearance issues they’re struggling with.
Studies have shown that just one night of sleep deprivation can make you as insulin resistant as a type-2 diabetic. This translates directly to aging faster, decreased libido, and storing more body fat than you want (say it ain’t so!).
Now stretch that over weeks, months, even years, and you can start to see why lack of sleep can be such a huge problem.”
~ Shawn Stevenson from Sleep Smarter
Shawn Stevenson is a health coach who has one of the most popular health & fitness podcasts out there called The Model Health Show.
This is a short, quick-reading, funny and practical little book featuring 21 tips on how to optimize your sleep. (Get the book here on Amazon where it’s really highly rated. :)
I read it as part of my preparation for teaching Optimal Sleep 101. (Check out our growing collection of Notes on sleep/rest/nap books!)
I could have riffed on any one of these tips/Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites (including some that have already positively impacted my life) so let’s jump straight in!
… We’ll kick it off with a quick reminder of just how important your sleep is:
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