The Anxiety Experiments, Sleep Hormone Testing, & Ranked #6 Podcast Edition [Mollie's Monday Obsessions v.122]

GUYS! We were just ranked #6 out of The Top 30 Sleep Advice Podcasts by Feedspot

Also, if you’ve been getting value out of these podcast episodes, it would mean the world if you could leave a review here (you have to click on the ‘Listen on Apple Podcasts’ option). We just brought on new hires to help take things to the next level! If you’d like to hear anything in particular around sleep going forward, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Self-Improvement & Sleep?: Have you heard of the Primed Mind Podcast? If not, it’s a solid self-improvement podcast hosted by the real deal, Elliot Roe, who is a top international mindset and performance coach. It was an honor to be on his podcast recently to discuss sleep, and this is the episode in case you want to have a listen.

Anxiety Experiments: For the last few weeks, I’ve been testing the Lief, and so far, I couldn’t be more impressed with it! I’ve been describing it to people as a “Continuous glucose monitor, but for your HRV.” It’s an FDA cleared ECG, clinically accurate HRV device. You wear it over your heart, and it buzzes you when your HRV dips throughout the day. You train yourself to adjust your breathing (and, in turn, your HRV) in real-time before you take a turn into full-blown anxiety town.

So far, I’ve discovered that my HRV massively drops when my inbox is overflowing, my calendar is jam-packed, or when I’m posting something daring on Instagram (I know, I know, first world problems!). What’s incredible is that I’m able to raise my HRV and lower my HR through a series of extended breathing exercises from the moment that I get that buzz. Simple yet powerful. A more in-depth review and podcast with the company to come in the future. In the meantime, if you decide to test them out, let me know! *Bonus is that your insurance just might cover it. They have a dropdown menu to see on their site. Check them out here

and use the code ‘sleepisaskill’ for 10 percent off.

How-To Sleep Hormone & Vitamin Testing (In PJs!): This week on Instagram, I’m doing a How-To guide to walkthrough the process around some of the newer at-home sleep hormone & vitamin testing. You can follow in this IG Highlight reel

. Tomorrow morning I’ll take you through collecting saliva (cute, I know) and blood samples testing for melatonin, cortisol, inflammation markers, vitamin D, and more. I’m excited about this company, Get-Base, in particular since they are affordable, available in all 50 states (which was previously a challenge for me with other testing sites), and a subscription model. The subscription allows you to gamify the process and improve your markers over time. If you want to test out get-base, go here

and use the code ‘sleepisaskill’ for 20 percent off.




Resource: Product, New Sleep Product!, Indiegogo, Somnofy: Non-Contact Smart Sleep Monitor I’m pretty interested in how this lives up to its extraordinary claim that ‘it’s up to 90% accurate compared to clinical sleep lab tests’!? I’m in the process of setting up a podcast interview with the company now, so I’ll find out the details for you all! Here’s more about it:

Validated against Polysomnography with high precision. Sleep Medicine, a highly ranked journal specializing in sleep, has accepted the validation study of Somnofy performed by researchers from the University of Bergen and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.


Resource: Article, Scientific American, Lack of Sleep Could Be a Problem for AIs Some types of artificial intelligence could start to hallucinate if they don’t get enough rest, just as humans do. What?!?! This seems alarming! Interesting callouts:

One of the distinguishing features of machines is that they don’t need to sleep, unlike humans and any other creature with a central nervous system. Someday though, your toaster might need a nap from time to time, as may your car, fridge, and anything else that is revolutionized with the advent of practical artificial intelligence technologies.


Resource: Article, CNET, Should you let your pets sleep in your bed? I hear this one a LOT. What is your take? There are some real pros and cons to consider that the article nicely parses out.


Resource: Study, Science Daily, Poor sleep can lead to depression in adolescents This new study is particularly timely, given the added stress and isolation that teens are under right now. This part was pretty alarming:

When exposed to a new stressor following 7 days of repeat sleep delay, only adolescent male and female mice showed increased activity in the prelimbic cortex of the brain -- not the adults. The prelimbic cortex is associated with stress coping strategies and can be damaged from overactivation following sleep deprivation. Adolescent females also showed greater stress hormone release and activation of stress-sensitive brain cells than adolescent males following repeat sleep delay.


Resource: New Product Update, Muse, Muse S smart headband: Sleep tracking review If you already have the latest Muse S headband, get amped because it’s the newest update pushes with its new capabilities to track your sleep at night! As you likely know, head based trackers tend to be far more accurate than hand or wrist trackers; however, most of them are not comfortable enough to truly make it a habit. I have a call with Ariel, the inventor, tomorrow to discuss the latest and report back!




️Resource: Podcast Episode, The Sleep Is A Skill Podcast, 024: Sergey Young, Founder of The $100 Million Longevity Vision Fund, What the man who aims to live to 200 is doing for his sleep!

What does the man who aims to live to 200 years old - and even doubled down on this goal by creating his $100 Million Longevity Vision Fund! - what does he do to optimize his sleep over the long haul? And how can you use this to improve your health & longevity by optimizing your sleep over the long term? Find out in this episode of The Sleep Is A Skill Podcast.

SERGEY’S BIO: Sergey founded the $100 million Longevity Vision Fund, his personal passion project, to accelerate life extension breakthroughs and to make them affordable and accessible to all, positioning him as one of a few investors in the category globally. His longevity fund invests in companies that develop technologies, products, and services that extend healthy human lifespans and overcome the negative effects of aging. Led by Sergey, the team is comprised of a world-class Scientific Advisory Board and leading investment professionals.

🧪What does the man who plans to live to 200 do for his sleep?
🧪Sergey's thoughts on sleep in the puzzle of longevity.
🧪Why does Sergey believe that you need to know your sleep numbers if you’re going to improve them? What does Sergey do with those numbers? How does he make meaning of them?
🧪Discussions around caffeine’s effect on sleep and coffee replacements.
🧪Discussion around alcohol and wine specifically, that are lower in sugar. Are there types of brands that Sergey recommends? Or does he just embrace moderation & circadian timing?
🧪How Sergey tracks his food intake
🧪Sergey’s insights around his heart rate, HRV, and body temperature during sleep
🧪Sergey’s approach to light management for sleep and circadian rhythm?
🧪Sergey’s longevity approach to supplements?
🧪What Sergey envisions as the future for sleep innovation, what’s on the horizon?

As always, please send me your thoughts on this week’s obsession or your current fascinations.


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Naked and Unafraid to Exercise in Virtual Reality

Where Peloton or Mirror might offer ongoing streams of new classes, though, they are fixed physical platforms; VR fitness differentiates itself in letting users step outside the existing reality paradigm.

Naked and Unafraid to Exercise in Virtual Reality

Where Peloton or Mirror might offer ongoing streams of new classes, though, they are fixed physical platforms; VR fitness differentiates itself in letting users step outside the existing reality paradigm.

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