Improving deep sleep


To improve deep sleep, recommends the following tips:

  1. Practice non-sleep deep rest (NSDR) or yoga nidra during the day to self-direct relaxation, which can also be used if you wake up in the middle of the night 1.
  2. Ensure your sleeping environment has low light and low temperature, as these conditions support deep sleep 2.
  3. Consider a wind-down routine before bed like stretching or meditating and avoid activities like watching TV in bed 3.

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  4. Manage your fluid intake before bedtime to limit night-time awakenings and eat appropriately before bed 1.
  5. Refrain from looking at the time if you wake up during the night as it may make it harder to fall back asleep 1.
  6. Adjust the temperature of your sleeping environment during the night, starting cool and warming as morning approaches 4.
  7. You may experiment with supplements like magnesium threonate, magnesium bisglycinate, theanine, and apigenin, but consult a doctor before starting 5.

and yoga nidra help with emotional stability and can make it easier to fall asleep at night. Always consult with a healthcare provider before adding or altering your supplement regimen or engaging in new health practices.


Digest fats


To facilitate the digestion of fats, it's important to understand the role of the digestive tract and how our body processes these nutrients. discusses how the nerves within the mucosal lining of our gut have specialized neurons that can sense fatty acids, sugars, and amino acids. When we ingest something rich in one or more of these components, a signal is sent through the vagus nerve to the brain, which then secretes dopamine to encourage further consumption of these satisfying foods 1.

The mouth itself is considered the start of the digestive tract and acts as a chemical sensing apparatus, equipped with receptors for different tastes, possibly including fat. The papillae on the tongue aren't taste buds but rather house the receptors in surrounding grooves, increasing the surface area to detect various flavors and nutrients 1.

Understanding food volume and type is also crucial as they impact how quickly we transition from being fed to entering a fasted state. Foods with higher fat content, for instance, can slow down gastric emptying time, meaning they take longer to digest compared to low-fat or fibrous foods, which provide more sustained energy release 2.

It is essential to consider this when planning your meals, especially if you are integrating fasting into your lifestyle, to ensure that your body proficiently digests and utilizes the fats you consume.

The Mouth-Brain Connection

Andrew explains how the mouth is an extension of the digestive tract and how it plays a crucial role in chemical sensing. He discusses how the neurons in our gut and mouth work together to trigger dopamine and make us want more of certain foods. The mouth is an incredible device that we can use to interact with the outside world and decide whether or not we want to bring things in.

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