You sleep more than 8 hours but always feel tired. You wonder if you will ever find the secrets for a good night sleep.

For the 1st issue of “7 Silver Bullet Points”, let me share with you 7 easy steps to get the most uplifting sleep ever. This is a summary of Sleep Smarter written by Shawn Stevenson.

As a workaholic-in-recovery, I thought sleep was jeopardizing my productivity. With eye-opening evidence, this book proved me wrong. A study published in The Lancet found that sleep deprived people took 14% longer to complete a task and made 20% more errors than well rested folks. After integrating the following rituals into my life, I realized sleep is the killer productivity app.

I could write 10 pages on how the book transformed me, but let me reveal to you the 7 steps for the greatest sleep ever.

  1. Take a 10-20 minutes’ sun bath every morning between 6:00 and 8:30 AM. Sunlight sends a signal to our hypothalamus and all corresponding organs to be alert and wake up. If sun is not option, try to get natural light as much as possible.
  1. Walk barefoot on the grass and ground as often as possible. Research shows grounding is the most profound way to reduce cardiovascular risk and stress.
  1. Stay cool while you sleep by adjusting room temperature or take a warm bath 1½ hour before bed. Cool your infinite mind chatter with meditation and breathing techniques.
  1. Go black by turning off all lights and installing dark curtains.

Our skin registers light, then sends a message to our brain which cripples sleep quality. As a matter of fact, I put dark tape over every little light in my apartment, from the coffee maker to the router and my computer.

  1. Dress for the occasion. Activate sleep mode by wearing the same comfortable clothes before going to bed.
  1. Wear socks if you get cold feet at night. My fav hack!!!
  1. Sleep during golden hours. Per many studies, the optimal time to get resting sleep is between 10 PM and 2 AM, the rest is extra.

From now on, add a “good night’s sleep” to your to-do list if you want to have energy to complete your tasks.

To learn about more mind-blowing ways to optimize your sleep and have stunning energy daily, check out Sleep Smarter on Amazon or at your local library.

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