The Model Health Show


TMHS 086: How To Create A Sleep Sanctuary And Get The Best Sleep Ever

We spend approximately 1/3 of our entire lives in a bedroom. That’s a long time to be anywhere

This is what makes your bedroom such a special place. And the environment in this room, whether you realize it or not, has a huge impact on your health and longevity.

How can a room actually dictate your health? To put it simply, humans are a direct product of their environment.

Our brains are constantly creating and strengthening neuro-associations to the places we are the most (i.e. your bedroom!). This helps to automate our behavior. So, basically your bedroom has you programmed like a robot. That’s right, you’re sort of like a robot. Not as cool as Terminator 2, but not as clunky as the robot from Short Circuit.

In all seriousness, your brain has evolved constantly looking for ways to automate things to free up mental energy. Your bedroom setup will inherently influence your behavior, and if great sleep is a behavior you want to take part in, then listen to this closely.

There are certain things you’re about to learn that turn the average person’s bedroom into a danger zone. The surface experience may be that they’re waking up tired each day (how ironic is that to wake up tired?!). But the deeper issues that a dangerous bedroom set up can bring are diabetes, cancer, birth defects, or even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and I’ve got the science to prove it.

The good news is, you’re also about to learn how to create your very own sleep sanctuary that invigorates your health, adds to your vitality, and helps you to get the best sleep ever. This is because humans aren’t just products of our environment, we are also creators of our environment. And with a few simple tweaks you’ll be getting the best sleep of your life every night.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How our brains are always trying to automate things.
  • Why humans actually have 3 different brains.
  • What hidden hazards in your bedroom could be causing you hormone problems.
  • The shocking connection between Wi-Fi and autism.
  • The #1 item in most bedrooms that can dramatically depress your sex life.
  • What “light pollution” is and how it affects you.
  • What the ideal room temperature is for the best sleep.
  • How the air quality in your bedroom can become “stagnant”.
  • What chemicals are used in the production of your mattress (this is shocking!)
  • How your mattress is impacting the health of your spine.
  • What the #1 wellness mattress is.
  • What the leading cause of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is.
  • 7 tips to create your own sleep sanctuary.
  • How a simple houseplant can improve your bedroom air quality (NASA proven!)
  • How to get yourself a free intelli-Pillow right here after listening to the show!

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Sleep Smarter – #1 Best-seller
How To Get Your Body Organized with Dr. Kelly Starrett
IntelliBed – The World’s #1 Wellness Mattress <== Special for The Model Health Show!
Teen’s Cell Phone Catches On Fire
Loss Of Mattress Resiliency And Chronic Pain

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  1. Brian Klein on 01/24/2015 at 1:31 PM

    I have a question. You talk about not having devices next to you when you sleep, which I’m on board with, but what if your device is in airplane mode? I like to use my iPhone to track sleep through Sleep Cycle, but I turn off bluetooth, wifi, and put it in airplane mode. Is it still a hazard?

    • Shawn on 05/28/2015 at 8:59 PM

      Great question, Brian. Being on airplane mode does help, but it’s still going to be kicking out electromagnetic noise that is definitely having an effect (even if it’s an extremely small one). This boils down to personal choice.

  2. Fabian Ramirez on 01/24/2015 at 6:35 PM

    I absolutely loved this Podcast. I listened to this one earlier this week & strongly believe that sleep is beneficial for us all. I read your books & loved it as well. So much so I wrote a blog post about it. I think everyone should buy it, so they can learn about the benefits of sleep. Thank You Shawn!

  3. Stevie Geevie on 02/03/2015 at 8:07 AM

    Hi! I love your podcast. We’re due for a mattress change and as I’m into “rewilding”, many others have recommended getting rid of a conventional mattress all together. It took some getting used to but I’ve gone weeks and noticed quite an alleviation of back pain. Most of the explanation I’ve heard is that the structures (spine and neck bones and muscles) we’ve trained to support us while we’re sleeping on pillows or mattresses weaken and become sensitive to having those items. I’m also a huge fan of Katy Bowman, a biomechanist who advocates furniture free living. What’s your take on this? Go ahead, I trust you.

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    […] The Model Health Show– Shawn Stevenson is an amazing teacher. He discusses fitness, nutrition, mental health, lifestyle disease, success, family, and more. He interviews experts on topics like longevity, cancer treatment, hormones, diets and disease. He explains how things work in our body scientifically but makes it very understandable. He talks about the benefits of a certain action such as getting quality sleep every night and addresses the risks of not doing it. He gives specific steps of how to incorporate new practices into your life and leaves you feeling empowered and inspired to make change. I highly recommend starting out with this show. Check out episode 86 to hear them read my iTunes review 🙂 […]

  5. Leonard on 08/29/2015 at 12:29 PM


    I know this is an old episode so I hope this comment reaches you. I am super excited to say I have purchased an Intellibed! You have definitely inspired me to Sleep Smarter! Now, I wonder how can I upgrade my children’s sleep without spending a small fortune. I simply cannot afford to buy both my children Intellibed’s. As much as I know they need to “Sleep Smarter” than me, I was a decade overdue for a new mattress. I desperately want to upgrade their sleeping pads, but don’t have the funds to invest at this time. Can you recommend another, affordable, non-toxic upgrade I can consider for my children? Thanks in advance for your response. Love all that you do!

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