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Make the most of your slumber with 11 self-tested sleep tips


Tim Ferriss, author of "The Four Hour Workweek", recently shared 11 tips with the Huffington Post about getting the perfect sleep. By using a Zeo brain-tracking device, a video recording of sleep movements and accelerometers, Ferriss discovered several important sleep findings and tips. Here are a few highlights:

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  • The higher the percentage of Rapid Eye Movement (REM), the more restful sleep will be, and the more likely one is to recall skills or information from the previous day.
    • Ferriss found that sleepers can increase REM by setting alarms for short, sporadic wakings of 5-10 minutes, followed by a waking 6.5 hours after falling asleep.
  • Having two tablespoons of organic peanut butter or almond butter before bed helps sleepers wake up feeling refreshed. The healthy snack maintains blood sugar levels, increases cell repair during sleep and consequentially decreases fatigue.
  • Taking a cold bath at least one hour before bed time also helps induce sleep, and is described by Ferriss as feeling "like getting hit with an elephant tranquilizer."
    • It’s best to avoid warm baths before bed because research has shown that the higher temperatures increase melatonin and wake up the body, instead of settling it down.
  • Keeping the room temperature around 67-70 degrees Fahrenheit makes it easier to fall asleep quickly.
    • Protect-A-Bed offers a Luxury Sleep Line made of all-natural Eucalyptus-based fabric. The Eucalyptus fibers naturally regulate body temperatures, keeping sleepers cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Thermo-regulation is critical for keeping the body comfortable and creating a healthy sleep zone.

For the full list of sleeping tips, please visit Ferriss' article in the Huffington Post.


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