written by alastair barlow [blog]
Many entrepreneurs struggle to get enough sleep. I’m one of them – my most creative thoughts come to me in the middle of the night. I can fall asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow but it’s the 4 hours later that I’m literally wide awake with so many ideas running through my head. And so with that in mind, this week’s 3 things are all about sleep….
Here are 3 things I’m enjoying or pondering at the moment. Enjoy and as always let me know your thoughts on Twitter with the hashtag #3ThingsFriday.
1. The importance of sleep
“If you’re trying to push yourself to do more and be more, if you’re trying to get the most out of your time…if you’re trying to be the most creative and energetic as you can be, to show up fully present in the world every day, then you need to recharge your system…if you wanna seize the day, you gotta sleep the night. Simple as that.”
LeBron James, 3x Champion, 4x MVP, 2x Olympic Gold Medals
“Even when we’re sitting still, with no external stimuli, an endless internal dialogue may be going on in our head. We’re constantly consuming our thoughts. Cows, goats and buffalo chew their food, swallow it, then regurgitate and rechew it multiple times. We may not be cows or buffalo, but we ruminate just the same on our thoughts – unfortunately, primarily negative thoughts. We eat them, and then we bring them up to chew again and again, like a cow chewing its cud.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Zen master, peace activist and author of Silence.
3. A cocktail to help you get higher quality sleep
There is a sleep cocktail that involves two simple ingredients that can help you get to sleep and wake up fully rested without the need for an alarm clock. Originally discovered by Seth Roberts, PhD and popularised by 5-time New York Times best-selling author and podcaster Tim Ferriss, this cocktail is my go-to when in need of high quality sleep.
Tim has said this cocktail will knock him out like a light, and some of his friends who are life-long insomniacs have said it’s better than prescription medication for a good night’s sleep.
The two ingredients you need are:
2. Raw honey
Simply take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of raw honey (has to be real, raw honey for this to work), into a cup and pour over boiling hot water before mixing. Drink this 15 minutes before bed for the best results.
What I’ve found is that I wake up in the morning with pure clarity and energy as if I’ve slept 10+ hours, I feel wide-awake with no grogginess that you usually feel when waking up.
The honey causes your body to release serotonin due to a rise in insulin, the serotonin is known to be a neurotransmitter which improves happiness. This is then converted into melatonin which regulates sleep. When you are sleeping, your brain uses a lot of energy in the form of glycogen. Your brain will first tap your liver glycogen, which can be built up from eating raw honey before bed and contains an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose. This will help your brain function during the night, increasing your likelihood of having a good night’s sleep. Hope that makes sense! 🤷♂️
On the flip side, apple cider vinegar contains amino acid which helps combat fatigue, which is why you feel well-rested upon waking.
Give it a try and let me know your experience with it!
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