You should also eat to sleep right. You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t nosh close to bedtime, which confuses your circadian rhythm by telling your body it’s time to seize the day. You should make sure to get enough B vitamins (found in eggs and fish), which are the foundation of the sleep hormone melatonin; tryptophan (found in tofu, pineapple and of course turkey), which is best known for Thanksgiving food comas but also supports your body’s production of mood-balancing serotonin; and the minerals calcium and magnesium (found in dairy and dark leafy greens), which help you stay asleep. Milk contains all of these, so it’s no wonder your grandmother sent you to bed with a warm mug. Add a dash of cardamom, nutmeg or turmeric (or all three) to warm milk for a pre-bed Ayurvedic treat.
And if you’ve done all of the above but find yourself waking up groggy occasionally, you may need a safe pick-me-up. The HumanCharger, a device which uses headphones to direct little bits of light through your ear canal to the light-sensitive parts of your brain, can help you feel alert and ready to tackle your goals like a boss when the latte just isn’t cutting it. (It turns out that your brain has cells that respond to light, just like your eyes, so getting minute amounts of direct light through your ears tells your brain to wake up!)
With just a few switches, you can sleep more and deeper—and reach peak performance on whatever makes you carpe diem.