Up until this point in my life I have had a pretty decent relationship with sleep. I am not a super deep or heavy sleeper, I never really had too much trouble falling and staying asleep. I was never one of those kids that needed to get up five times a night to pee (and at every sleepover there’s always that ONE kid). College wasn’t even that bad for me with only occasional sleepless nights in the midst of a fight with a friend or before a big class presentation. But for some unapparent reason, the past few months have been an immense struggle as I have essentially sleep-walked through life.
Attempting to perform the day’s necessities after a multitude of sleepless nights must be what some levels of hell feel like. It’s impossible to be your best self when working with little to no sleep. When this sleep deprivation really started to affect my daily life is when I dove into research.
For the past year or so I have really gotten into a podcast called the Rich Roll Podcast. Rich, the guy who hosts it, is a former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness and plant-based nutrition advocate. He is widely known for his participation in ultra endurance fitness challenges (i.e. the Ultraman Marathon) where he has gained a lot of notoriety. In 2012 he became a #1 bestselling author and in 2013 he started the hugely popular Rich Roll Podcast. In the podcast, Rich interviews thought leaders, experts in health and wellness, and spiritual gurus alike. His aim in the creation of the podcast is to help his listeners live a better life by discovering their best, most authentic selves.
I absolutely LOVE this podcast and everything it stands for and there are two specific episodes I want to talk about in this article because, you guessed it, they are about sleep.
Episode RRP 224 is with author, columnist, actress, and co-founder/editor-in-chief of the Huffington post, Arianna Huffington. In the episode Arianna and Rich discuss her latest book, Sleep Revolution: A Formula For Enhanced Productivity, Performance, Success & Happiness.
Episode RRP 219 is with best-selling author and creator of The Model Health Show podcast, which has been featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on iTunes. Shawn also has a book on sleep called Sleep Smarter, which is the topic of discussion in this podcast.
Each of these episodes offers some amazing insights into helping to get a better night’s sleep and I am sure their books delve way way deeper. But the following 4 points are going to be a few tips I parsed out after listening to the episodes that I feel are not necessarily as obvious when it comes to getting a better night of sleep. Let’s do it.