TMHS 150: 4 Unorthodox Tips To Help You Sleep Better Every Night

Albert Einstein once said, “Strange is our situation here upon Earth.” In many ways we are smack dab in the middle of realizing what we are and realizing that we have no idea what we are at the same time. Life is complex, beautiful, and definitely weird.

There are so many tricky situations, questions, and answers we can sift through to try to figure things out, but sometimes a strange solution is the order of the day.

When it comes to improving the quality of your sleep, the typical advice usually doesn’t bring much to the table. “Make sure to get 8 hours of sleep.” “Try not to eat before bed.” “Take this drug to help you sleep (even though one of the side effects is doubling your risk of early death).” No thanks. I like to sleep, but I like that being alive part as well.

There are tons of useful tips and strategies to instantly upgrade your sleep in the bestselling book Sleep Smarter. Some of the most interesting (and albeit unorthodox) tips are highlighted here in this episode. Simply listen in, take action on a couple of the tips, and see the results for yourself. Let’s do this!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How massage therapy works to improve sleep quality.
  • Why so many people have elevated cortisol levels today.
  • Which important hormones are secreted by the body during massage.
  • What the clinically proven benefits of acupressure are (this is shocking!).
  • How “gut smashing” can improve the quality of your sleep.
  • How to get the full benefit of massage on a regular basis.
  • How “earthing” works to reduce inflammation.
  • The proven benefits that earthing has on sleep health.
  • Which surfaces are conductive and enable you to get “grounded”.
  • How different colors of light impact your sleep hormones.
  • What strategies you can use to eliminate light pollution at night.
  • How to use beneficial light therapy to improve your sleep quality.

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  • Kristy
    23 Mar 2016, 6:55 am

    Another amazing episode! Thank you! Can you please explain what these grounding mats plug into? You said not into the wall? Just a little confused! Thanks!

  • 23 Mar 2016, 8:57 am

    “Shoutout to Canteen Boy”!! I’m still laughing! Great integration of body work and sensory input with reducing the sympathetic nervous system. Great sleep is where it’s at folks. Thanks Shawn and Jade! Great episode!

  • Janelle
    26 Mar 2016, 5:48 pm

    Shawn mentions new blue light blocker glasses he has been using. Would you mind sending me a link? Thanks!

  • Tracy
    27 Mar 2016, 1:04 am

    I liked the comments made about seeking permission and asking what we shine in. I had a friend who kicked my butt..gently about what I was doing with my decision of going to Uni. “You need to do’re not getting any younger!” Unfortunately I didn’t tell her all the info about why I’ve delayed my decision to study, I felt embarrassed. But now, while soaking in the bath, I remembered a memory of me ..about 5 or 6 years old, sitting at my Uncle’s desk and looking through his law textbooks. I wanted to feel smart, intellligent..I wanted to be my Uncle, whom I looked up to and that made me feel like I am suppose to be on this path. Its not for acceptance of my friends or to make my parents proud. Its for me and that little girl, swinging her legs on the office chair, pretending to a Professor. Thank you for shedding light on this topic. Would like to hear more. Cheers

  • Therese
    14 Dec 2016, 7:12 pm

    What are your favorite blue light blocking glasses?

  • Sari
    30 Mar 2017, 10:10 am

    Kids trucks with big wheels are a wonderful feeling massage!

  • 7 Sep 2017, 10:45 am

    You guys are so fun and motivational.
    I’m making small positive adjustments to my life with every show.

  • Christine Pape
    17 Apr 2018, 10:04 am

    I have a question you say we need to get eight hours but I have a really hard time with sleep I literally can’t and it feels really hard. And defeating . What would you suggest. I am trying to incorporate some things but it just hard because some nights I literally can’t sleep at all.

  • 2 Jun 2018, 10:04 am

    If my natural clock wakes me up with the sun, iit seems I need to go to sleep earlier. However, my husband doesn’t have the same inclination. Any ideas?