Feeling dis-empowered or anxious about the quality of our sleep doesn’t have to be a day-to-day struggle. We can learn how to train our circadian rhythm to work for us.
After navigating insomnia while traveling internationally and experiencing other symptoms of poor health, Mollie created what she couldn’t find – a place to learn the skill set of sleep.
Sleep Is A Skill is a company that optimizes people’s sleep through a unique blend of technology, accountability, and behavioral change. She walks us through the benefits of this essential set of skills while inviting us to try on this concept that sleep is a skill so we can bring a clean slate to the thing that we do every single night.
“That can empower both certainly our nighttime sleep results, but also the results of our life.”
In this episode you will learn:
- A breakdown of the main elements of poor sleep
- Some of the behavioral elements that affect our sleep
- How to become a student of sleep to change your circadian rhythm
- Why sunlight anchoring is important
- What NASA has found about the effects of light on our sleep cycles
- How prescription and stimulating drugs and supplements impact our sleep
- Some supports you can introduce into your environment to improve your sleep
Why does our identity with our sleep matter?
Do you call yourself a night owl, an easy sleeper, or a short sleeper? Mollie explains that how we identify ourselves with our sleep can become a self-fulfilling prophesy. Being aware of our language and what our current sleep baseline is is the first step to getting better sleep.
“You get to examine those thoughts and come back and know that there are so many things that we can do to make a difference with that sleep. That the body wants great sleep and it’s pulling for that, it’s doing everything possible for that, and often we’re the ones getting in the way.”
As we become a student of sleep, we can turn our current reality into metrics that then empower us to make behavioral changes.
“We can see the before and point to an objective space what something was at before they actually made changes in their health, which brings us back into the driver’s seat of our sleep versus just sort of being at the effect of or hoping, wishing, all of that.”
How does our focus help us improve our sleep?
“We shift to the first thing that they do in the morning, Taking the paradigm shift from outside of the bedroom to how we’re living our lives and how that impacts the quality of our sleep. When we’re working with people from that perspective, their life and their health is improving in general, which improves the quality of sleep.”
Mollie and Wade discuss how to increase the things that have a positive impact, and reduce the things that have a negative impact on our sleep.
Mollie warns that our sleep trackers aren’t always accurate or don’t always highlight the most important factors to your sleep. They’re just the start of the conversation.
Listen to this episode to help get clear about your intentions you have for your sleep, and decide why improving your sleep is important to you. As you will learn, “By improving the quality of your sleep you’re actually improving your life.”
You won’t want to sleep through this one. Listen to the full episode to learn more.
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