For the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with a number of alternative ways to increase the quality of one of the core foundations of my wellness program — sleep.
For guys aged 50+ like me, sleep is not just a number — it’s a critical part of overall health and it can have a massive metabolic and hormonal effect on us as we age if we don’t get enough of it. Everything from decreased testosterone and human growth hormone, increased insulin resistance to decreased memory and cognitive function, to increased systemic inflammation (which is seen by many as probably the #1 killer of men). The list goes on — it’s no joke.
So, like all things, I’m always looking first to the best science and research — and then formulating a program around what works best for me, because it’s not “one size fits all”. And it takes a lot of experimentation to get the right program that puts you out at night — and most importantly, keeps you out!
So, in no particular order, here are some of the alternative sleep therapies I’ve been experimenting with and which you may want to try.