If you want to create better habits around sleep, you have to start by tracking your sleep. This is the simplest and easiest way to get a baseline for your REM, deep, and light sleep scores, along with other sleep factors including HRV, heart rate, restfulness, and body temperature.
Katie and I both have been using the Oura Ring to track our sleep for the past few years and have found the data around sleep trends to be extremely valuable when it comes to encouraging healthy sleep habits and evaluating new sleep supplements and routines.
The issue with sleep is that you are not conscious at night so you don’t have a really good way of judging your own sleep quality, so without good feedback it is almost impossible to tell if your sleep is actually improving. During our interview, Katie explained that prior to tracking her sleep, she was constantly guessing about the quality of her sleep and thought that more hours meant better sleep. But after 3 years of her tracking, she now knows that data makes all the difference.
Once you see where your numbers fall, you can start making the right adjustments for your individual body around things like room temperature, bed time, wake-up time, fasting, etc. For instance, Katie and I both noticed that if we eat too close to bed, our REM scores are completely messed up at night. And the same thing goes for sleeping in a warm environment!
Biohacking is all about testing, not guessing, and so investing in a high quality sleep gadget like the Oura Ring, Biostrap, Fitbit or Whoop devices will make all the difference by helping provide you with a concrete baseline to work with when it comes to improving your sleep.
Be sure to watch the interview for more detailed discussion on all these topics and tracking Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and why this metric is so important for your health.
To learn more about Katie or to book a sleep consultation with her, please visit her website, be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook @katietypea
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