The Power of Sleep

Everyone knows the importance of sleep and its effect on our health overall. But if we are really honest with ourselves, do we really take on board all the advice we are given? In his fantastic book ‘Why We Sleep’ Matthew Walker explains how not getting our 8 hours a night can have a detrimental effect on our lives.

“The decimation of sleep throughout industrialised nations is having a catastrophic impact,” – Matthew Walker ‘Why We Sleep’

Now I am not going to go all heavy in regards its benefits but I will hopefully point you in the right direction with a few recommendations, which you can implement right away to help improve your sleeping experience.

  1. Turn all your screens onto night mode. This will help reduce the amount of blue light which can negatively affect sleep.
  2. If you are able, I would recommend staying away from all screens for 90 mins before going to sleep.
  3. Blackout the room through the use of black out curtains or wear an eye mask.  
  4. Try to keep caffeine intake early in the day and limit its use after 2pm as coffee has a half-life of 3-5 hours.
  5. You can potentially use lavender essential oil as researchers have found it can aid sleep

This is just a basic insight into the importance of sleep in our lives and feel free to let me know in the comments below your tricks to better sleep.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

Information Overload

Feel like you are taking on too much information? I bet I am not the only one feeling we are trapped in this hyper informational dystopian age when you have all the answers at the touch of a screen. We are bombarded with these subtle messages from many sources, from our phone, and tv to social media. Realistically can you block out this assault to the senses – of course not, but you can certainly implement strategies to help combat them.

Here are my 5 tips on how to reduce such an issue.

  1. Place an ad blocker on your laptop/computer. This helps eliminate all the advertisements that flash up on your screen. I am currently using AdBlock. It is free and does the trick! Disclaimer: I am far from an IT expert, and this is based on personal experiences.
  2. Place your phone on air plane mode when playing games. This reduces the amount of traffic that pops up on the screen during game play.
  3. A tough one but not impossible try to remove or sell your TV. If you feel you are unable to do this, place the remote control in another room. This will prevent you from mindlessly reaching for it when you jump onto the couch.
  4. Limit your social media use by deleting apps off your phone and instead using them on your personal computer. By switching to your computer, you will limit the mindless scrolling.
  5. Limit screen time before going to bed. Focusing your attention on hobbies such as yoga or painting will significantly reduce being bombarded with these messages before bed.

Hope this helps and feel free to let me know in the comments below how you deal with information overload.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC