The Ultimate Sleep Cocktail

I’ve been experimenting with a few things in order to see how they impact my sleep quality.  I’ve previously written about some practical ways to improve your sleep quality… specifically, block out blue light before bed, block all light in your bedroom, and cool the temps down.

And while I continue to leverage these tips as best I can… I’ve also been experimenting with a few other “sleep hacks.”

Specifically, I’ve gone back to drinking a “sleep cocktail” made up of 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg brand with the mother) mixed with 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey in warm water.  I’ve been trying to drink this about 1 hour before I go to sleep.  I’ve tried to drink this before but had fallen out of the habit for some reason.

Now, in addition to this little sleep cocktail I’ve also been trying to read for at least 1 hour before bed.  And when I say read I mean an actual book.  With paper pages that turn.  So no iPad or other eReaders that almost all emit blue light.

I’ve been measuring my sleep quality using the Sleep Cycle Alarm clock.  And I’ve definitely seen an uptick in sleep quality on the nights I follow this process.

Now, for the record, last night wasn’t a good night as it relates to my sleep. I watched the College Football National Championship game and didn’t drink my sleep cocktail.  I also stayed up too late.  The end result was a sleep quality of 68% which is really bad for me.

So, in summary, here are the things I’ve found to improve my sleep quality the past few years.

  1. Block out all blue light (think smart phones, computer screens, and TV) an hour or so before going to bed.
  2. Make your bedroom pitch black… even bright alarm clocks can mess with your sleep quality.
  3. Make your bedroom as cold as you can stand it at night.
  4. Read a book, with paper pages, for around 1 hour before bed.
  5. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and raw honey in warm water and sip it while you read your book!

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!