A month ago I finished reading Why We Sleep. Not only did I become convinced that getting high-quality sleep is the best protector and enhancer of health and cognition, but it is also the most underappreciated.
I’m shocked that sleep hygiene is not a global priority, and even more irate that my three children are expected to maintain school schedules that hinder adolescent development and contribute to mental illness. The science is sound.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve worked to systematically optimize my sleep and have experienced significant gains, ranging from a 40% to 157% increase in deep sleep! It feels amazing.
These gains have come at a cost to my social life. I’ve been leaving events early and declining entertainment opportunities in order to maintain my routine. The benefits in how I feel have enabled me to do so without regret or FOMO.
Here is what I’ve been experimenting with (note, what works for you may be different):