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What does Boston Marathon superstar Emma Bates have to say about her Lagoon pillow? Do you know your chronotype? All questions we can help you answer in this week’s round up of sleep and fitness. Let’s get into it…
🏃♀️ Elite marathoner Emma Bates joins #TeamOtter
Just a few weeks back, Emma Bates was the top American to cross the finish line at the Boston marathon - finishing 5th overall, in the blazing fast time of 2:22:10. This week she shared more about one of her keys to rest and recovery - her Otter pillow from Lagoon - and how she now never goes anywhere without it. Watch her full review here.
🌜Know Your Chronotype. Unlock Your Body's Sleep Schedule.
Sleepopolis published a great in-depth article exploring the world of chronotypes. Rather than just early birds and night owls, there are actually four major types of chronotypes - Lions (early risers), Bears (follow the sun), Wolves (aka the night owls), and Dolphins (light sleepers who have trouble following a schedule). Understanding your chronotype (i.e. your body’s default sleep setting) is a great way to most effectively manage your personalized sleep routine, so I definitely recommend checking it out.
🍽️ Lifesum and ŌURA Partner Up to Explore Nutrition and Sleep
I was really excited to hear about the innovative partnership between Lifesum and ŌURA, that shines a light on the intricate connection between sleep and nutrition. It’s going to be interesting to see more personalized platforms and services come to market that allow consumers to explore the relationship between what they eat and when and how it affects their sleep. If you’re interested in learning more you can read the press release here.
🌬️Calm Your Mind and Body with Box Breathing
If you’re looking for a quick technique to help relax your body and mind before bed, you may want to consider box breathing. This is a simple but powerful relaxation technique that brings mindfulness to the breath, and in turn can help calm the nervous system. To practice box breathing, focus on equal timing for all four parts of the breath—inhale, hold, exhale, hold. This practice can help people fall asleep faster and even improve sleep quality. Consider adding it to your arsenal of tools in your sleep routine!
⚡"Sleep, Food, Exercise, Stress: Working on One to Improve the Others"
Finally, here’s a quick article from the TimesNews that dives into the interconnectedness of sleep, food, exercise, and stress. Safia Debar from Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London talks about how pulling on any one of these levers can have a big impact on your health, but the real magic starts when you realize that each of these four serve to reinforce and improve one another. It’s a good reminder that we should always try to look at our health - and our sleep - holistically.
That's it for this week's sleep news highlights! Stay tuned for more exciting updates on optimizing your sleep and health, and remember to follow @lagoonsleep on Instagram for your daily dose.