[7] Days of Holidays Gifts for the Peak Performance Trader – Day 4 – The Gift of Sleep

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Day 4 – The Gift of Sleep

 

In my most recent podcast I spoke about the importance of undulating periods of work and rest.

What many peak performers share in common is that they prioritize rest and recovery.
Sleep perhaps plays the most important role in recovery as there are numerous benefits for both our mental and physical health.

For example, sleep is involved in healing and repairing your heart, blood vessels, and muscle tissue.  And newer findings characterize sleep as an important brain state for optimizing memory consolidation.
Furthermore ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, mental disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

For too long sleep deprivation was worn as badge of honor.  Thankfully science has prevailed and the days of boasting about how little sleep you got as a medal of achievement is falling by the wayside.

Check out these following products to enhance your sleep routine.

1.  GAMMA RAY FLEXLITE GR001-C1 Computer Reading Glasses – $17.95 USD

If you’re the type who likes to watch TV, use a tablet or mobile device at night then struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep night, then do yourself a favor and invest in some “blue blockers”.

You see most of our modern electronic devices bathe us in a blue spectrum light which is widely known to suppress the secretion of melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone that influences circadian rhythms, as well as some experimental evidence shows that lower melatonin levels might also have a role in cancer formation.

So one option is to cover all your screens with a blue light filter – trying search on Amazon for “blue light filters” to fit your devices/screens.

Another option is when the sun sets, protect your eyes from blue light by wearing the GAMMA RAY FLEXLITE Computer Reading Glasses.
These amber tinted lenses are great for alleviating visual fatigue and discomfort from long periods of web surfing, gaming and working under fluorescent lights.  Ultra lightweight and comfortable they’re even RX Compatible allowing you the option of having your optician replacing the lenses with your own prescription lenses.

 

2. Marpac DOHM-DS, Natural White Noise Sound Machine – $80 USD

If you have trouble falling asleep because of environmental noise then check out the
Marpac DOHM-DS.
Endorsed by the NSF (Natural Sleep Foundation), theMarpac DOHM-DS differs from many other white noise machines because rather than simulate white noise the Marpac DOHM-DS sound conditioner actually creates a consistent, smooth sound of rushing air. The tone and volume of the sound are controlled by simply rotating the “cap” and “collar” of the housing.
This “white noise” sound effectively masks unwanted noises and creates a sense of calm, making it easier to concentrate, relax and/or sleep.
With over 7,400 4.5/5 star reviews on Amazon this one is worth checking out.

3.  Withings Aura Smart Sleep System – $149.99 USD 

The final step is to get smarter with your sleep.How are you really sleeping?  Are you sleeping soundly through the night?  Are you waking up at the right time in your sleep cycle?
There are numerous sleep tracking apps you can use for your mobile phone like the Sleep Cycle app for iPhone and Android.

However I’ve never been a big fan of placing my phone under my pillow, even if it’s on airplane mode.

The Withings Aura Smart Sleep System differs from many other sleep trackers in that you place the sleep sensor under your mattress, monitoring your personal sleep patterns and cycles throughout the night.
It can also improve your sleep and wake-up experience by using a unique combination of sleep cycle analysis, and light and sound programs to help you fall asleep smoothly and wake-up rested at just the right time in your sleep cycle.

Try out these tips and start sleeping like a baby.

That’s a wrap for Day 4!

Happy Gift Giving,
Houston

PS – Again don’t forget to forward this list to all those buying you presents this year!

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[7] Days of Holidays Gifts for the Peak Performance Trader – Day 4 – The Gift of Sleep

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