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In this week’s roundup of the best sleep and fitness news, we cover the pros and cons of mouth taping, how to sleep and train like Blake Lively, and introduce the best sleep podcast ever. Let’s get into it…
🤐 The Pros & Cons of Mouth Taping While You Sleep
Waking up feeling refreshed can be elusive for us mouth breathers. It most notably can obstruct your upper airway which can cause snoring, and lead to lower quality sleep. A relatively new phenomenon, popularized by Dr. Andrew Huberman and on TikTok, is mouth taping - which, like it sounds, involves you taping your mouth shut while you sleep to force nose breathing. The benefits of breathing through your nose are immense for the quality of your sleep; however, there are potential risks to taping including that taping won’t fix underlying sleep issues and that it could also limit oxygen intake to an unhealthy level. You can read more about taping here.
🤩 Sleep and Workout Like Blake Lively
New York-based fitness coach Don Saladino has helped Blake Lively, the 35-year old mom of four, look lean and healthy for over a decade. His advice is simpler than you might think: get enough sleep, focus on high quality foods, and exercise moderately. Specifically he ensures that his clients get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night - and promotes not only how this helps to shed fat but also in building muscle. Finally, his fitness advice centers around walking whenever possible (at least 30 mins a day), and doing circuit workouts up to six times per week.
💤 “The Best Sleep Podcast (Episode) Ever” | Ben Greenfield Life
Recently Dr. David Gartenberg, a sleep scientist with a PhD in cognitive psychology, joined the Ben Greenfield podcast to delve into the revolutionary world of sleep improvement. Dr. Gartenberg focuses on connecting natural remedies like sound, light, and vibration with various wearables in the smart bedroom to diagnose and treat sleep disorders and improve the sleep quality. His current focus is on a solution for treating insomnia and sleep apnea that can reduce conversion to Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. I’ve had the chance to work with Dr. Gartenberg and am privileged to be one of his sleep coaches.
✈️ Easy Planning Tool for Tackling Jet Lag
Our friends at Sleepopolis recently pulled together a quick and easy tool that helps you beat jet lag by adjusting your sleep schedule leading up to your travel. They also advise that in order to reduce travel fatigue you can drink a lot of water and eat fruit while traveling, and when you arrive drink more water, shower and nap for 20 minutes if you need to. If you’ve got a race you’re traveling to this year that’s a few time zones away, it may be worthwhile to try adjusting your schedule.
That's it for this week's sleep and fitness highlights! Stay tuned for more exciting updates on optimizing your sleep and health, and remember to follow @lagoonsleep on Instagram for your daily dose.