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Relax Like A Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep

Relax Like A Pro: 5 Steps to Hacking Your Sleep
I once went almost five days without sleep in 1996 just to see 1) if I could make a week (I couldn’t), and 2) what the side-effects would be. I was a new neuroscience major at Princeton at the time and hoped to do research with famed serotonin pioneer, Barry Jacobs. Hallucinations cut my sleep deprivation trial short, but I’ve continued to experiment with sleep optimization and variation as a means of improving performance. Here are a few effective techniques and hacks I’ve picked up over the last five years from sources ranging from biochemistry PhDs to biologists at Stanford University… 1. Morning fatigue and headache isn’t just from sleep debt or poor sleep. 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil (120-240 calories) can be used in combination with the above to further increase cell repair during sleep and thus decrease fatigue. 2. Japanese have longer lifespans that do most other ethnicities. The result: it’s like getting hit with an elephant tranquilizer. 3. 4. 5. Sweet dreams. Related:  Développement personnelTO-DO Tasks

A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times The above video is a short presentation I gave at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. It covers a basic framework for mastering any skill quickly, including languages, music, dance, and more. What skill have you put off learning for longest… and why? Let me know in the comments. Perhaps I (or other readers) can help. Important afterword: NOTE — For my competition launched last week (not too late to join), roundtrip airfare is covered for all four winners. Related content:The 4-Hour Chef and Meta-Learning — 200+ pages on all I know about accelerated learningTotal Immersion: How I Learned to Swim Effortlessly in 10 Days and You Can TooScientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 MinutesHow I Deconstruct Languages (scroll through the list)

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes (Photo: Dustin Diaz) How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in 1/3 or 1/5 the time? Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement—period. This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in 1998 at a seminar called the “PX Project”. The below was written several years ago, so it’s worded like Ivy-Leaguer pompous-ass prose, but the results are substantial. I have never seen the method fail. The PX Project The PX Project, a single 3-hour cognitive experiment, produced an average increase in reading speed of 386%. It was tested with speakers of five languages, and even dyslexics were conditioned to read technical material at more than 3,000 words-per-minute (wpm), or 10 pages per minute. If you understand several basic principles of the human visual system, you can eliminate inefficiencies and increase speed while improving retention. The Protocol First – Determining Baseline

The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early ‘The proper response to life is applause.’ ~William Carlos Williams By Leo Babauta Waking early is one of my favorite things in the world. Waking early can give you an hour or three of extra time for focus and creativity. I haven’t written about waking early for awhile, mostly because my waking time is in constant flux. I’ve learned a thing or two about how to change your wake-up time with joy, and today I’ll share the most successful techniques in my many experimentations. The Gradual Method The best method for changing the time you wake up is to do it gradually — 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, until you feel used to it, and then repeat. That might seem too slow to most people, and you’re free to disregard this advice. Sudden changes of an hour earlier or more in your waking time are difficult, and not likely to last. Sleeping patterns are difficult to change, and so the gradual method works much better. 3 Steps to Actually Get Up Here’s how to beat that in 3 steps: Get excited.

businessinsider Over the past few decades, the value of an MBA has declined, probably because the academic world can't keep up with the rapid pace of change in the business world. Relatively few entrepreneurs have MBAs, but I'll bet that almost all of the successful ones have read and truly treasure these seven short, easy-to-read classics: 1. As a Man Thinketh Author: James Allen What It Teaches: Most people labor under the misconception that their life is the result of fate, luck, or circumstances. Best Quote: "A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. 2. Author: Robert T. What It Teaches: In addition to the basics of personal finance (without which success is pointless), this book explains why building and owning businesses is the most reliable way to gain wealth. 3. Author: Spencer Johnson Best Quote: "What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. 4. Authors: William Strunk Jr. and E.B. 5. 6.

Why Can’t You Draw The Face of a Penny? Understand the Reason and Learn Spanish Twice as Fast Allow me to explain using a related problem. Vocabulary lists in a run-of-the-mill Spanish textbook usually look something like the below, taken from real-world sources I won’t shame by naming: La mano – the handEl arbol – the treeLas muñecas – the wrists¡Nos vemos mañana! – See you tomorrow! Pretty typical, right? Sadly, this format is also priming students for failure. Spanish is listed first, so we’re training recognition. Incredibly, almost no textbooks get this ordering right. Think I’m exaggerating? A fixed list equals inflexible recall. We want RAM—random-access memory—where we can pull any word from memory quickly. Mixing up flash cards accomplishes this, as does a software program like Anki or Duolingo (I advise), which does it automatically. If you have a textbook with a fixed list, just practice doing them backwards and also in evens, odds, every-third item, etc. ¡Mucha suerte, ché!

Walking helps keep body and brain young The Miracle and Mystery of Sleep: 12 Remarkable Psychological Studies “Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche What beautiful rewards sleep delivers– if you can get enough of it. Sleep has profound effects on our memories, desires, self-control, learning, relationships and more. Here are twelve studies which demonstrate some of the psychological benefits of sleep and a few of the dangers of not getting enough. 1. Sleep is slippery beast, not least in how it’s susceptible to our perceptions of its quality. If we think we’ve had a wonderful sleep last night, we feel and perform better, even if our sleep was actually the same as usual. This is what Draganich and Erdal (2014) found in a study which had participants hooked up to sensors which they were told were measuring the quality of their sleep. Actually the sensors weren’t measuring anything. When they were given a cognitive test the next day, those who’d been told they slept the best also did the best in the test. The researchers dubbed this ‘placebo sleep’. 2.

Psychology of Pricing: A Gigantic List of Strategies Welcome to the most comprehensive list of psychological pricing strategies. Whether you’re marketing a new product, selling items on eBay, or negotiating a deal on your house, you’ll learn how to choose a price that will maximize your profit. PDF Bonus: This article is 10,868 words. Step 1:Determine Your Price Large companies have an advantage. Fortunately, that’s where psychology can help. Based on research in cognition and behavior, certain prices are more effective than others. In this section, you’ll learn how people process numerical values (and how to choose the numbers in your price, accordingly). Related Resources: Use Charm Pricing For the past couple decades, the marketing world has been inundated with charm pricing — prices that end in 9, 99, or 95. And the results speak for themselves. When people see those positive results, they often credit the 9’s in the price. Tactic 1: Reduce the Left Digit By One Charm pricing is most effective when the left digit changes. But Nick! Duh. 1. 2.

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