Author: Ljubo T

The Unconventional Guide to Sleep

The Unconventional Guide to Sleep

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You know what you have to do to be more productive? More happy, have more energy and live your dreams?  To be smarter and more nice person, not a grumpy old fart that hates everybody from coworkers to the boss to partner at home?

It’s one of the things everybody does it, but our lifestyle destroyed it! Reclaim your happiness back!

How? Get some sleep 🙂 When I was in kindergarten we have to sleep after lunch, I had too much energy for that, boy what will I give now to somebody to offer me 20 minutes sleep after lunch 🙂

Our life’s, got busy, we need to work, we need to hang out with our friends and we need to keep up with our tv shows, so the sleep and eating food got sidetracked. But as this two things got far away from us so is our health

What  will you learn in this article?

  • What you have to do before you go to bed to have a good night sleep?

 

  • What is happening with you when you are sleeping

 

  • What to do to wake up refreshed and full of energy

 

  • and many more tips and tricks 🙂

 

Let’s get started

Our brain is producing a hormone melatonin, which tells our body it is time to go to sleep mode and the body can do some very important task of maintaining our body. This is going on since we lived in caves, so when the sun got down, this was the sign to get home and lie down. The brain produced this hormone and everybody got sleepy and went to bed.

But then we invented a light and electricity and we prolong our days with artificial lights, our brains got confused and the result is that we are not sleepy at 23:00 and would just surf a little and watch  tv just 10 min more.  

We go to bed at 1:00 and wake up at 7:00 cursing everybody and everything. There are people willing to kill anybody that is speaking to the theme before the first coffee and that is not a healthy way of living 🙂 I could get arrested sooner or later so something had to change.

So here is my quest for better sleep:

Before sleep

1.) Respect the dark

I installed on my android device Twilight. This is an app that removes the blue light from our LCD monitors, this blue light is preventing brains from creating melatonin. This is a smart app that turns its self on when your sun is down.

You can use Fulx for your PC or MAC for big screens. Your monitor will get somehow more of yellow color, but that is okay. Point is that this production of melatonin is not started the minute you turn down the light, but it takes from 1 to 2 hours. You can feel this as turning around in bed, not being sleepy and have too much energy in the evening.

Close your blinds or get a curtain that does not let the light thru. This will help your brain to maintain the production of hormone and your sleep. Keep TV and most electronic out of the bedroom, not because of some radiation or something, but LED lights on this things could upset your sleep.

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Why Breaking Habits are Scarier than Dating Taylor Swift

Why Breaking Habits are Scarier than Dating Taylor Swift

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If you think that creating a habit is hard, wait until you would like to break one!

Why you see, it is evolution that is playing as for a foul, where a place in our brains where habits are going on has been protected for 1000 of years. This place is called basal ganglia. It’s in the same place as your functions for breathing and blinking and stuff like that that you do automatic. So it is no wonder that is is hard to break or make.

But we are no weak humans, there are systems in place to help us. Let me show you.

1.) You need yours why.

This is yours to go point, your motivation and your best friend. Why do you need to break your habits? The more the accurate answer the more you have success with.  It works like this:

BAD EXAMPLE

I need to stop smoking because it’s bad for me.

There is no purpose in here there is no life goal or something personal.

GOOD EXAMPLE

I need to stop smoking because I’m afraid of getting lung cancer

This is better since, there is your personal fear and you will work with it to prevent it.

EXCELLENT EXAMPLE

I need to stop smoking so I will give a good example for my kids and they also don’t need to breathe my smoke and smell my scent.

So every time that you need to smoke you can go to this line and think about the kids and if not for you do it for them.

2.) Find your triggers

Like with creating habits, you need triggers. You fire a trigger before you do your habit.

Be aware when the habits spring into action. What are you watching for? Anytime when you do the habit, any time that you have the urge to have a habit. Watch yourself what are you doing in this moment that trigger fires.

As before if it’s measured it is managed. So keep a journal about this for first few days.   It does not need to be long and it does not need to be in a paper from we are in 21 century! 🙂 I keep mine in google keep.

So anytime you need to have a smoke, you can, write what is happening with you, like I’m bored, I’m exhausted, I’m nervous, I need a break or I don’t even know when I light the damn thing…

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Why Creating Habits Will Make You Question Everything

Why Creating Habits Will Make You Question Everything

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One day I wake up, like all the other mornings, but I was determined to stay awake and be productive and when I saw a couch in my living room, I could not go past him without saying hello and sit there for just 5 minutes, it would be rude. So I set and soon I would lie and soon it would be 45 minutes and not 5 and I just overslept again. Ahhhh story of my life.

But next night I was even more determined to wake up productive, so I thought about it and say, why don’t I take a picture thru my window and post it to facebook, this will give me enough time to become awake and not go back to sleep.  I took pictures of my morning for 30 days and posting it to facebook without anything else 🙂 And friends started to ask why? Here is my answer 🙂

Why?

The first question you have to make when creating habits is why. Why the fuck do you want to do it? It is a simple question, but it brings an important question! If you have an enough important reason, then you have much more chance for habits to stick, since when you hit the wall of “ufff I don’t feel like it” you can remind yourself what, are you doing this for.

Do you want to quit smoking? Why?  Because is bad for you? Because the sticker on your box say so? Did you saw an ad on TV?  Those are all reasons but are not very good ones, they are not personal.

More personal are like: I like to run, but I can’t because my lungs don’t let me. I like to go  into mountains, but I get too much without air when I walk or I give my kids a bad example of what they should do in their life. This are all your personal reasons which are more connected with you, so when your good or bad habit starts think about this and think about how you feel and if you would like to feel like this.

 

One of the mornings when I woke up.
One of the mornings when I woke up.

How to find triggers

Okey, now that we know, why we are doing this, let see when can we do this.

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Why habits will change your life

Why habits will change your life

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Why build new habits?

 

We live in a society that always needs more from us. More effort, more concentration, more energy, and more productivity. But we are the same, sure we have our computers, we have our clouds and we have our smartphones. But ask yourself, how much time did it take you to start using your new to-do app in your smartphone? Hmmm, that long huh? Did you decide which app you will use? Frustrated about all the choices?

Well, let me tell you a little secret it’s not an app fault it’s yours and yours only. You did not learn some basic skills and habits to be using this tool. Someone once said monkey with a tool is still a monkey.

So I know what is on your mind, these tools are not so difficult to use. I just have to take some time and start using it. It will be like my second skin. I will be diligent, I will write everything on it. I have this thing always with me, I will set reminders and I will be productive deem it! I will be organized whatever it takes!

So this is like a day or two, one week at best, but there come some busy days, some troubles here, some problems here and your app gets forgotten and you think, to hell with it I didn’t record the last week so it’s pointless.

You eventually find new software or try Siri or Google now or miss M that is the new rage from big blue F. You find it fancy, you find it easy to use  (or not!), your life could not be any better. One week later it’s the same story all over again. 

WHAYYYY?? You ask… This should not be so difficult!

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