Neuroscientist explains how the ability to be ‘better at everything’ revolves around sleep
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There are certainly far too many of us who wake up in the morning and head for the coffee machine first thing.
One, coffee does taste pretty nice. But two, it gives us that caffeine boost required to get us through the first few hours of the day.
Well, it appears that we have been doing it all wrong for so many years, as a neuroscientist professor from Stanford has shared his secrets to a 'perfect morning routine' - and as you can imagine, it all surrounds sleep.
If you are brave enough to try it, Dr Andrew Huberman claims it will 'make you better at everything'.
The neuroscientist recently appeared on popular YouTube channel After Skool, which showed off his morning routine that starts by waking up at 6:30 every morning.
But instead of trundling downstairs to the coffee machine, Huberman starts his day with a walk as the sun begins to rise - followed by a glass of salty water when he returns. Sounds lovely.
Huberman does this hardcore routine every morning, something that, he says, has worked wonders for him.
"I'm certain that these tools work, he said.
But no matter how many salty waters and sunrise walks he has, the neuroscientist concedes that the most important thing is in fact sleep.
"There are certain foundational behaviours - certain dos and don'ts that set the stage for you to be better at everything," he added.
"It always comes back to two elements - that's sleep and what I call non-sleep deep rest. Sleep is the fundamental practice or part of our 24-hour cycle where if you don't get it on a consistent basis, you are down regulating your ability to do everything."
After getting that out of the way, Huberman gave the people at Goal Guys his step-by-step guide to the perfect morning routine.
First of all you want to be waking up between 6 and 6:30 every morning, followed by making 'a beeline for sunlight'.
He added: "Getting outside for a 10-minute walk or a 15-minute walk is absolutely vital to mental and physical health."
Then comes the sea salt water, though Huberman does not actually eat anything till close to midday.
The health guru said there are many benefits to doing this, including improved sugar control, heart health, and brain function.
And as you'd probably expect, the neuroscientist commits to a period of physical exercise - something he recommends you do five times a week.