A few weeks ago I tweeted about my new personal sleep optimization schedule of eating dinner at 4pm, avoiding alcohol and going to bed by 9pm.
It had never occurred to me that becoming the most boring person ever could feel so GOOD!
Others felt differently (one person responded “This literally sounds like hell”) :).
Since writing about sleep on Dec. 6th, I’ve been overwhelmed with responses and inquiries. Underneath our work-obsessed culture where the primitive sleep deprived hero myth persists, most people I’ve heard from feel desperate for high quality sleep.
As sleep quantification technology and supporting scientific findings improve, a societal “awakening” will reconfigure norms – giving everyone cultural and social permission to prioritize it. The data will be too consequential to ignore.
In fact, I’ve been encouraging my 38 person team at Kernel not to pull all-nighters, but to sleep more. To help with that, everyone now has an Oura ring. We’re making high quality sleep a top priority.
Now 5 months in on my sleep optimization efforts, here is an updated list of what I’m doing (it’s important to note that my regime is personalized to me, so yours may be different):
Also, I’ve discontinued ALL sleep supplements including melatonin and hemp/CBD.
If I follow the above rules, I can now get around 1.5-2 hours of deep sleep, 3 hours of REM, and have a resting heart rate as low as 44 bpm.
The data shows that I’ve significantly improved my sleep quality. I’ve seen the same corresponding improvement in my mood, cognitive performance and overall happiness.
As you may imagine, my new sleep practices have decimated my social life. But as an introvert, it hasn’t been entirely unwelcome. Being able to quantify sleep has dramatically improved my well-being and been worth all the effort and sacrifice.
It makes me wonder: we can count our steps, sequence our genome, test our blood, measure screen time, but we have virtually no insight into our brains. What would happen if we could begin quantifying our neural activity? What life and world changing gems are on the other side of that?