Red Light Photobiomodulation Buyers Guide

PAY ATTENTION TO THIS WHEN BUYING A LIGHT

“In the next few years, every home with have one more maybe two light therapy devices” Dr, Michael Hamblin, Harvard University

Are you ready to buy a red light?

Hold up there!

If you want to benefit from a red light, you have to know a little bit about the science. Just because you buy a “red” light doesn’t mean it’s doing anything more than causing your neighbors think you're running a brothel.

HERE'S THE SUMMARY OF WHAT WE RECOMMEND

  • Know the wavelength and ensure it's appropriate for your needs. 
  • Buy an intensity meter and use it to determine the time to use the light and distance to keep it from your body. 
  • Get an EMF meter for magnetic and electric fields and measure the electric and magnetic field to ensure it's not too high. 
  • Buy from a company you trust and has good customer service.
  • Enjoy the benefits

WAVELENGTH

All light originally comes from the Sun!

All the light on this earth, every photon, even from artificial light, originally came from the sun. The sun is the original photobiomodulation. Our bodies, mind, and eyes were designed to use light from the sun to keep us optimally healthy. 

There is more to light than meets the eye. This is important!  It’s not just light that we can see that comes from the sun. There are invisible, to us, lights from the sun that shine down on the earth.

Take a look at this chart:

 

Displaying VisibleLightSpectrum.jpgNotice the sun emits light in many wavelengths that most don't consider “Light”, they are not things we usually think of as light. That’s right, radio waves, x-rays and infrared are all “light” and come from the sun.

Science has categorized light such as an x-ray, blue light or red light by the wavelength of that light. So what we call a color of light is really based on the wavelength that the light has. A wavelength of light is measured in nanometers, abbreviated nm. So if a photon is moving through the air with a wavelength of 600nm, we call it visible red light. 830nm wavelength photons will be called invisible infrared light and so on. The shorter the wavelength, the faster the photon is moving and the more energy it carries. So blue light at 400nm has a shorter wavelength and therefore more energy than red light at 660nm.

It’s important to use a light with a wavelength that actually has a biological impact on the issue you are trying to solve. We want the right type of photons hitting our body. Some lights actually use a white or blue wavelength of light and add a red filter. In other words, the LED driver is based on blue light and it only looks red because there is a red filter over the light. We want pure wavelengths of light, not just a red filter that might not give off enough red light in the wavelength we want. Other lights do use a true red wavelength but use one that has not yet been shown to be biologically helpful.

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This chart pulled from the Joovv site shows that one of the receptors of light energy in our body, Cytochrome C Oxidase, absorbs many more photons at certain wavelengths.

I was able to spend an hour talking with Dr. Michael Hamblin from Harvard, one of the foremost researchers on photobiomodulation and we discussed wavelengths of light.

According to Dr. Hamblin: “This is probably the parameter where there is the most agreement in the LLLT community. Wavelengths in the 600-700 nm range are chosen for treating superficial tissue, and wavelengths between 780 and 950 nm are chosen for deeper-seated tissues, due to longer optical penetration distances through tissue. Wavelengths between 700 and 770 nm are not considered to have much activity. Some devices combine a red wavelength with a NIR wavelength on the basis that the combination of two wavelengths can have additive effects, and can also allow the device to be more broadly utilized to treat more diseases. There is of course much more work to be done to define what is the optimum wavelength for the different indications for which LLLT is employed.”

The bulk of clinical literature suggests that light in the mid-600 nm range and low- to mid-800 nm range is extremely effective. That is because these wavelengths have the greatest effect on the cellular respiration process. [r]

The most beneficial of these peaks are in the range of 660-670 nm and 830-850 nm. These wavelengths have been proven to produce substantial improvements in cellular function with a wide range of resulting benefits including improved skin health, enhanced muscle recovery, reduced joint pain, increased testosterone, and even weight loss! Alternatively, other wavelengths such as 700 nm or 720 nm have almost no biological effects. So, it's critical to choose a device that delivers optimal wavelengths of light.

So, it's critical to choose a device that delivers optimal wavelengths of light.

A recent paper showed the most biological activity in wavelength ranges of 1) 613.5-623.5 nm, 2) 667.5-683.7 nm, 3) 750.7-772.3 nm, 4) 812.5-846.0 nm

In another paper, wavelengths were tested including 670, 728, 770, 830, and 880 nm with the most effective ones being 670 nm and 830 nm, which parallel the NIR absorption spectrum of oxidized cytochrome c oxidase. 

Wavelengths showing 780 nm light stimulated bone healing in rats [31] and the use of 804 nm laser decreased damage inflicted in rat hearts after creation of heart attacks [32], 

It has also been shown that Red light can penetrate 15mm into the body at 694nm wavelength.

I asked Dr. Hamblin if it was possible that synergies between multiple wavelengths would increase the benefit of a healing light device over one without such synergies.

Synergies between multiple wavelengths have not been well studied. However, Dr. Hamblin agreed that a combination of NIR and Red light worked well together and it’s possible there could be synergies between wavelengths but this isn’t something he has studied.

INTENSITY

Do you want to be sprayed by a fire hose or a sprinkler?

It’s all about intensity. The fire hose pushes more water out of the hose in a given time than the sprinkler.

Getting hit with a firehose is not pleasant and is certainly harmful.

Same concept with lighting, except instead of water, it’s photons. This is best described by Dr. Hamblin as follows: You can cook a turkey at 350 degrees for a couple hours or you could cook a turkey at 10,000 degrees for a couple seconds. Both deliver the same energy. If you cook a turkey at 10,000 degrees for one minute, you won’t like the results. The same is true with PBM. More intensity isn’t better.

This leads us to the second aspect you should consider, which is the amount of energy delivered to your cells.

Intensity if the measure of photons hitting our body in a given area.

Intensity, also known as irradiance, is the power of the light at a surface. This is measured typically with an intensity meter that measures in units of watts per m2. Many research papers show study conditions using light in units of mW/cm2 or Joules     

Dr. Hamblin believes everyone should have their own light meter. Otherwise, you would have no way to know the intensity of the light device you are using and therefore no way to know when your photobiomodulation session is over.

After borrowing Joovv’s intensity meter for a short time, I went out and bought my own.

NASA-supported research and many other published studies have utilized an intensity of 4 to 6 Joules/cm2 of energy delivered to the body. That translates to about 50-100 mW/cm2.  For the relief of deeper symptoms, like joint inflammation, up to 120 Joules/cm2 has been shown to be very effective. [r]

This intensity of light is then delivered for up to a total dose of about 50-60J in many studies, meaning you would use the light of this intensity for 10 minutes to get the total amount of photons (50J for example) needed to match the clinical study.

Dr. Michael Hamblin from Harvard University claims in a 2008 paper that in general under 100 mW/cm2 is best for LLLT. (r)

Don’t think that just any red light will work for PBM.

This is a mistake many people make. Often, if you have the right wavelength of light, you may think you are good to go. This may NOT the case!

If you do not know the intensity, then you may not get you the benefit you are looking for. If you chose a light with too high an intensity, you may be getting too much light. Too low an intensity and you may not get an effect without long enough use.

It’s important to either know the intensity of the light you buy in order to know how long to use it for to obtain a benefit or have a time of use recommendation from the manufacturer that is based on the intensity of the light to provide a clinical benefit. This time of use can also be based on evidence from other users.

Because LLLT is so new, we will be seeing a lot of “field research”. This is what biohackers love. Self-experimentation.

Intensity matters when specific wavelengths are research for specific effects, which is demonstrated in this study [r]. In this study, wavelengths of 660 and 810 nm with the fluency 8 J/cm2 demonstrated the potential to reduce cognitive impairments associated with aging and mitochondrial dysfunction. But when the fluency was at 4J/cm2 the light had minimal effect. 8 J/cm2 is a lot of energy. Just changing the wavelength slightly or the combination of wavelengths would change the results. 

While intensity matters, it’s not everything. Too high is bad. Too low will not yield a benefit.

This is called a biphasic response. Too much light causes the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve. Too little light has no effect.

So higher intensity is not better. LLLT has a dual response curve. Meaning if the intensity and light delivered is too high, a negative effect will occur. If it’s too low, no effect will occur.

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Figure from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2790317/

There’s a Goldilocks zone of the right dose. Unfortunately, this zone is not well studied yet. We know what this zone and response curve is for specific wavelengths that have been studied, but not for all wavelengths and not for combinations of wavelengths. And again, this is studied using specific parameters, usually Cytochrome C Oxidase activation. Who's to say there could be more things that happen in the body, some of them taking weeks or months to fully show up. This has not been studied. 

One important point Dr. Hamblin made was that, just like a fire hose, you do not want too much light at once. So you do not want too much power or intensity. He said it’s like baking a turkey at 10,000F for 1 second. It’s different than baking a turkey at 350F for 5 hours. Gettng the same number of photons over a longer time is better than shoving them all into your body at once.

Again, intensity matters. We want just the right amount of intensity without going over or under.

DOSE

Dose matters. A lot.

It's really very similar to intensity. Intensity is the number of photons hitting a surface and dose is the number of photons delivered over a period of time (the use time). 

You can’t just turn on any red light device and sit under for as long as you want. There’s an optimal time under the red light before things turn bad. If you don’t know what that is, then be careful!

Dr Hamblin recommends everyone, especially practitioners, but also those using photobiomodulation devices purchase a light intensity meter. Without this tool, you would have no way of knowing the total energy and intensity of the device, nor how far away to keep it from your body.

The intensity meter tells you the energy at a given distance. Closer to the device, the energy will be higher than further away. Some devices may require that you stand further away because they might be too intense close-up and others you may be able to touch to your skin. The meter allows you to determine how long to use the light and how far away to stand. 

Mercola and Dr. Wunsch indicate that an intensity of 10-20 mW/cm2 is ideal, while Joovv and some research studies argue 50-100 mW/cm2 are better. I believe both ranges work. Remember that more is not better.

Dr. Hamblin talks about the biphasic dose-response curve. Too much light has a negative consequence and too little may do nothing.

Hamblin – “Because of the possible existence of a biphasic dose-response curve referred to above, choosing the correct dosage of light (in terms of energy density) for any specific medical condition is difficult. In addition there has been some confusion in the literature about the delivered fluence when the light spot is small. If 5J of light is given to a spot of 5 mm2, the fluence is 100 J/cm2, which is nominally the same fluence as 100 J/cm2 delivered to 10 cm2, but the total energy delivered in the latter case is 200 times greater. The dose of light that is used depends on the pathology being treated, and in particular upon how deep the light is thought to need to penetrate into the tissue. Doses that are frequently used in the red wavelengths for fairly superficial diseases tend to be in the region of 4 J/cm2 with a range of 1-10 J/cm2. Doses of the NIR wavelengths that tend to be employed for deeper-seated disorders can be higher than these values, i.e., in the 10-50 J/cm2 range. The light treatment is usually repeated either every day or every other day, and a course of treatment can last for periods around two weeks.”

A Biphasic Dose Response means that if you use too little you won’t get an effect and if you use too much you will get a negative effect. You need just the right amount. Using too much, too high an intensity, too long of a time under the light can be worse than no light at all.

It is not understood why the negative effect from PBM happens, but it could be due to too much ROS (reactive oxygen species) being created in the cell.

The red light you buy should list the intensity it uses. This is the only way to know how long to use it. It’s also helpful for the manufacturer to suggest how long to use the device for certain conditions. If you don’t know the intensity, or the manufacturer doesn’t list it, get an intensity meter and measure it. You want to ensure you don’t get too much light and harm yourself.

Get a light intensity meter and use it!

FLICKER

According to Dr Alexander Wunsch and Dr Jack Kruse, LED lights can flicker and this can cause biological stress. Most of us do not notice the flicker of LED screens on our devices or LED lights in our homes and offices. But our brains may pick up on this flicker and cause stress.

LED lights flicker because with alternating current the LEDs (light diodes) are turning on an shutting off many times a second as the current changes directions.

Would LED red light panels cause stress due to the flicker?

I took a slow-motion video of my Christmas tree lights vs the Joovv and Redjuvenator to find out. Often using slow motion on a camera, we are able to show the flicker effect.

Joovv was contacted about flicker and described the drivers on their LEDs being of sufficient energy that they would not completely shut off during the AC current cycle and therefore should not flicker. 

Dr. Hamblin mentioned that pulsing of LED lights studied in the lab showed more benefit than constant photon flow and also said that flicker should not be an issue in PBM. Admittedly, he did not know much about flicker. But his belief is that pulsing light is more effective and therefore flicker in a light panel may possibly be a good thing. Remeber, it's not good for working or general lighting to have flicker, but for short time use as light therapy, it might be worthwhile. None of the lights I tested appeared to have flicker.

 

EMF EFFECTS

Magnetic, electric, and microwave radiation all have biological impacts. Knowing how high the fields are from the device you are using is important.

I don’t know of any red light device that uses microwaves (similar to a cell phone, blue tooth, or wifi). So we’ll rule this one out.

Magnetic fields are created by electrons flowing through a circuit. High magnetic fields could be damaging.

Electric fields are created with moving charges and are often present when magnetic fields are present.

All our appliances and wiring and lights create magnetic and electric fields. The goal is to minimize our exposure to these fields for optimal health.

Check to determine the EMF output of your red light device. I spent some time checking these four red lights for EMF

I measured the electric fields in units of volts/meter (v/m) with an ME3030B  Analyser and magnetic field in units of miligauss with a AC Milligauss meter model UHS2 from alpha labs.

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Not only did I measure the EMF from the devices, as well as the intensity and flicker, but I looked up safe recommended limits for EMF exposure. I used the following sources: 

https://www.home-biology.com/electromagnetic-field-radiation-meters/safe-exposure-limits

http://www.who.int/peh-emf/publications/facts/fs322/en/

https://www.safespaceprotection.com/emf-health-risks/emf-health-effects/emfs-in-the-home/

http://emfinfo.org/guidelines-exposure.html

 

Device Magnetic Field (miligauss) Typical Home Magnetic Field (mG) Recommended Safety LImits (mG)
Joovv  3.38 1.1 3-4
Redjuvenator 0.83 1.1 3-4
GembaRed 0.70 1.1 3-4
Suana Space  0.3-1.0 1.1 3-4
660nm Red Light 1.45 1.1  3-4

 

Device Electric Field (V/m) Typical Home Electric Field (V/m) Recommended Safety LImits (V/m)
Joovv 43 30-70 27-62
Redjuvenator 728 30-70 27-62
GembaRed 80 30-70 27-62
Sauna Space 1 30-70 27-62
660nm Light 290 30-70 27-62

 

 Device Intensity (mW/cmw2
 Joovv  80-300
 Redjuvenator  11-19
GembaRed 9-12
 660nm Red LIght  50-70

  

PBM Devices

If you have to supplement, you want to supplement with some of the important the missing components of indoor lighting. Red, infrared, UVA and UVB are missing in indoor light and can be supplemented.

Before using or buying a device, ask yourself what benefit you are looking for.

Chronic health concerns vs vanity concerns like wrinkles, age spots and collagen may require different criteria in a device.

Do you want to Detox? You want heat (mid and far infrared), in enough quantity to sweat?

Do you want to reduce aging, wrinkles, increase collagen? Light in the 630-660nm wavelength stimulates cytochrome C oxidase and has effects on improving mitochondrial function and visual signs of aging.

Do you want help with improving mitochondrial function? You want red light in this wavelength 630-670nm and 830-870nm.

Ensure that the wavelength you select is appropriate.

Be sure to know the intensity of the light so you know how long to use it.

Check the EMF to ensure it isn’t too high.

SUPPLEMENTING WITH RED AND INFRARED

It’s been proven that red light therapy can:

  • Reverse photoaging
  • Reduce Wrinkles
  • Increase Collagen Synthesis
  • Increase healing and recovery
  • Decrease inflammation

In research, there are 2 clear details that determine how effective red light therapy will be. First is the wavelength of the light. There are two wavelengths of red light that show the most benefit, wavelengths of red light that show the most benefit.  630-670nm?  And 820-870nm?

Second, the intensity of the light matters. Lower intensity light will have less effect and take a much longer time to benefit. Higher intensity light will penetrate the body deeper and take less time to be effective.

Red light works on the skin by stimulating cytochrome c oxidase in the cells. Infrared light is said to penetrate the skin up to 1.5 inches and works on cells deeper that what red light can penetrate. However, studies show that both red and infrared appear to do similar things in the body and thus infrared does what red light does, but passes deeper into the body. So infrared can work on joints, bone, cartilage, and musculoskeletal problems. Near-infrared also shows benefits for athletic performance and recovery, diabetes, kidney disease and eye health!

I even heard Dr. Mercola say that red and infrared on the patella or sternum can increase stem cells release from bone marrow!

While there are many devices out there, we only list those for which we’ve had experience and talked with the founders and scientists in the companies.

In full disclosure, Chris and I own a Joovv light. One was given to us for free and one we purchased at full price. We each own a REDJuvenator that we purchased for the full amount. Thaddeus has a Sauna Space EMF free Sanctuary EMF blocking Sauna created by Brian Richards. The Sauna is on loan from Sauna Space. Thaddeus and Chris each own full spectrum infrared saunas that were purchased at full retail price. Thaddeus owns a red 630nm light from Amazon purchased at full price. Chris and Thaddeus own a GembaRed red light. We purchased one at full price and receveid one to test.  We do make money if you use our Joovv discount code or GembaRed discount code (code Primalhacker). 

JOOV

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Joovv was developed by two couples who include medical device professionals.  The name actually comes from a combination of rejuvenation and domain names that weren’t yet purchased.

Joovv based their light design on scientific studies of LLLT.  Joovv is transparent about the wavelengths and intensity they use and have made a rugged and effective device.

In addition, Dr. Michael Hamblin is on their scientific advisory board and supports that the Joovv is an effective light for PBM.

At this time we do not recommend Joovv as the price is much higher than comparable units. 

JOOVV WAVELENGTHS

Joov uses 2 proven wavelengths of red light, 660 and 850nm. Joovv also uses an intensity of 100 mW/cm2 at 10cm from the device, which is high enough to match the clinical studies that have been performed to show a benefit. 

Joovv Intensity

Joovv also uses an intensity of 100 mW/cm2 at 10cm from the device, which is high enough to match the clinical studies that have been performed to show a benefit. My measurements show this varies considerably based on distance. Close to the device, about 1” away, you will get closer to 200-400 mW/cm2 depending on the LED. Some LEDs were more intense when I measured them than others.  Remember, you don’t want too much light all at once. Dr. Michael Hamblin likened this to cooking a turkey at 10,000 degrees. You won’t like the results.

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Joovv explains that specific wavelength and intensity red lights are required to receive the therapeutic effect of a red light device. They claim that their intensity and wavelength are well studied in the literature to provide a benefit while other red lights do not have the right wavelength or have too low a frequency to produce an effect without many hours of use. THIS article validates Joovv’s point that wavelength and intensity matter and that they use the right wavelengths and intensity.

This is the same light Ben Greenfield uses to shine on his balls while he takes client calls. Ben claims it can increase testosterone. I haven’t seen any evidence of this in the literature, but anecdotally Ben and others claim it’s true and supposedly have some data of their own to back it up.

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I spoke to the founders about how to use the Joovv Original and here's what they said:

1) Stand about About 6-12" away.  The closer you are, the more Joules of energy you'll receive.  Here are our general treatment guidelines if you're interested.

2) For proactive health, I'd recommend 8-10 minutes per treatment area.  For "problem areas", you can probably go a little longer (10-12 minutes).

3)It's completely safe to look at the light.  In fact, the specific wavelengths you're using have been clinically proven to be beneficial when it comes to vision.  Here's just one of many published studies.

EMF

Joovv, based on feedback from Dr. Mercola, said they added a shielded cord to significantly reduce EMFs. However, at the latest EMF retreat, we tested the Joovv cord and it was not shielded!

The EMFs measured very low on Joovv from electric field and low, but not as low as Redjuvenator or Sauna Space on magenetic field. So decently low in EMF but very high from the cord. Stay away from the cord or buy a shielded cord for your Joovv. 

 

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Magnetic Field - A level of 0.5 or less is what we're looking for here to ensure parasympathetic response. So this is technically much higher than I'd like to see. 

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GEMBARED

 

Developed by chemical engineer Andrew LaTour, the GembaRed is his solution to an affordable PBM device. So many of the lights on the market were being sold for more than $500 and were out of reach for most people to afford. Andrew took his engineering knowledge and designed a red light with the proper wavelengths for under $300.  He then went a step further and measured the EMF, intensity, and wavelengths and published all that on his website. He gets an A for transparency and an A+ for customer support. He not only listened to his customers and reduced the EMF of his light, but he's offering to upgrade anyone who bought his original light by replacing it with a low EMF version for a very tiny (under $20) fee. 

We're impressed by this light for the value, low EMFs, and proper wavelengths. 

GEMBARED WAVELENGTHS

Andrew used three wavelengths of light in this device.  Gembared wavelengths are 630nm 660nm and 850nm.

GEMBARED INTENSITY

The intensity of the GembaRed low EMF red light is not as high as I would like. It ranks lowest of all tested lights. This means we have to use the GembaRed for longer than we'd use other PBM devices in this article. This isn't necessarily bad because it means you can read or work on your laptop while using the light without fear of getting too much. The measured intensity is the lowest of all tested lights coming in at just 7-12mW/cm2. 

GEMBARED EMF

GembaRed is truly a low EMF light. Andrew actually redesigned the light from the original to massively reduce EMFs. We tested both the original and reduced EMF light. The original light had the same EMF readings as the RedJuvenator #3 while the reduced EMF version came in about the same as the Joovv or lower. 

GEMBARED DISCOUNT CODE

Use code SLEEP for 10% off. 

PLATINUMLED LIGHT THERAPY

We tested and liked this light BUUUUT - we have heard non stop how bad customer service is and no longer recommend this light. 

We've tested the wavelengths, EMF, Intensity and more and PlatinumLED lights make the cut. 

 

Go HERE and use code SLEEP for a discount, it's a good light, but we do not recommend it if you need to call customer service. 

REDJUVENATOR #3

The Redjuvenator was developed by Leanne Venier, an engineer, artist, and student of energy medicine and eastern medicine.

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The Redjuvenator has many hundreds of testimonials claiming great benefits from use including healing sun sensitivity (people who always need to wear sunglasses) to healing rashes, muscle pain, and speeding recovery. Some users claim that it works well to induce sleep and cure jetlag. Leanne Venier, the inventor of the Redjuvenator, has a private Facebook page where people post their results using her devices. There are certainly lots and lots of positive testimonials.

There are 4 different devices that Leanne sells. Each was created for a different purpose. The #3 is termed the "Universal" and is best for multiple types of uses, with the exception of killing bacteria. Killing bacteria and reducing acne requires her blue light formulation.

I've used the Redjuvenator for months as have other members of my family and we all enjoy using it and agree that we have benefitted from its use. 

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Redjuvenator Wavelengths

This panel contains two undisclosed wavelengths of RED light and one undisclosed wavelength of infrared light. Leanne will not disclose the wavelengths of light that she uses. She claims that they are effective but not well studied in the literature.

Because we do not know what the wavelengths are, Leanne keeps them secret, we cannot make claims pointing back to the scientific literature. However, Leanne is very well read in the literature, the physics, and in energy healing and Eastern medicine. We believe her when she says that the wavelengths she uses are effective and the testimonials on her Facebook page and website support this.

In discussions with Leanne she claims that the wavelengths she has chosen work in synergy with each other to provide more benefit than by themselves. Dr. Hamblin agrees that this is possible, but hasn’t seen any literature to definitively support it, except for using a combination of Red and infrared light.It's possible then that the Redjuvenator does use synergy in the red and infrared light to create more benefit than any of the lights by themselves. 

Redjuvenator Intensity

The Intensity of the Redjuvenator is also undisclosed, but based on the fact that it doesn’t have fans to cool the LED drivers and subjectively, looking at it in comparison to the Joovv, it is less intense.

Remember, intensity matters to know how long to use the device for. Higher intensity isn’t always better, but it helps to know what it is in order to determine how long you might want to use it and how close to put it to your body.

I purchased an intensity meter and measured the Redjuvenator intensity:  17 mW/cm2

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Redjuvenator Woo Factor

Here's where The Redjuvenator differs from all other lights. Leanne adds “quantum healing codes” and her knowledge of eastern medicine, energy medicine, and color into her light design. She claims this makes it far more effective than traditional lights that are based only on what’s been studied in the literature. Often the literature studies focus only on what NIH (National Institute of Health) funds and may exclude testing effective therapies for many reasons.

Leanne likes to say that her light has systemic effects and it does not have to be used on every individual body part to impart an effect. Others say that this is not possible. However, the literature does suggest this is true as highlighted by Dr. Hamblin of Harvard University in this paper:

"Although LLLT is mostly applied to localized diseases and its effect is often considered to be restricted to the irradiated area, there are reports of systemic effects of LLLT acting at a site distant from the illumination [82, 83]. It is well known that UV light can have systemic effects [84], and it has been proposed that red and NIR light can also have systemic effects. These have been proposed to be mediated by soluble mediators such as endorphins and serotonin. There is a whole field known as laser acupuncture [85] in which the stimulation of specific acupuncture points by a focused laser beam is proposed to have similar effects at distant locations to the more well known needle acupuncture techniques."

Quantum Healing Codes 

Quantum healing codes are not something I’m familiar with at all. Leanne claims that they make her light far more effective than others. I Googled quantum healing codes and came up with things about sacred geometry and oddly enough the phrase “quantum healing codes”.  The information I found on Quantum healing codes actually led me to a set of numbers, the so-called quantum healing codes. The site linked the codes to the various chakras in the body and eventually to colors via terahertz(THz) frequencies of light.

Here are the Quantum Healing Codes

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These codes are derived as sacred numbers that can be used to heal.

Here is a chart showing the codes representing frequency of light and their conversion from frequency to wavelength, thus telling us what color light they refer to.

There are wavelengths in the red, orange, and yellow wavelengths that appear to correlate to the Quantum Healing Codes.

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The light frequencies in THz are shown at the bottom of the photo and light in wavelength units of nm (nanometers) is shown at the top of the photo above. 

 

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Perhaps Leanne is using lights within the nanometer wavelength of that shown in the Quantum Healing Codes. Perhaps the layout of the light diodes in the Redjuvenator are in the shape of some sacred geometry like the Star of David. None of this has been confirmed with Leanne. It's just what I was able to find on the internet. 

Here is a video of Leanne at the Bulletproof Biohacking Conference discussing what makes her light different. 

 

Redjuvenator EMF

Leanne claims her panels are low EMF but did not provide any indication of how she engineered that into the panel. In my testing, the electric field was very high, while the magnetic field was lower than Joovv and the single Suana Space light and about the same as the Sauna Space EMF Sanctuary Sauna.

 

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REDLIGHTMAN

RedLightMan is a company based out of UK, founded in 2014 after the owner thought red light devices on the market were underpowered and too expensive. They have decent information delving into the PBM science on their website and appear to make a good product.

I have not personally used one of their lights. A friend of mine has one of their lights and it’s the one with 4 wavelengths in it.

Are 4 wavelengths better than 2? It’s hard to say. Dr. Hamblin says the wavelengths they use are so similar that likely the 2 added wavelengths do not do anything beyond what 2 wavelengths would do.

Wavelength

620, 670, 760, and 830nm. Redlightman claims all these wavelengths show activity by CCO per the chart from their website shown below.

Intensity

The website claims 100mW/cm2 from 20cm away. I have not tested this as I do not have access to one.

EMF

I asked the Divine Superconductor from Mitolife to test his full combo Redlightman light for EMFs. It registered only 1.5 miligauss magnetic field. Electric field measured at close to zero, but was measured with a Trifield meter, which isn't super accurate. However, it does tell if something is high or low emitting in electric field and the Redlightman appears to be very low. 

Redlightman makes this claim about grounding on their website: Whenever you touch this device and it is plugged in, it is providing a natural electrical connection to the Earth, even if it’s not turned on. By being grounded electrically, you are protected from EMFs in your environment.

I disagree with this statement. According to what Brian Hoyer showed me with his meters, you can be grounded and acting as an antenna with all the EMF passing directly through you to the ground. It appears you are protected from EMF if you test with certain meters, but testing with meters that measure body voltage you can see that some of the EMF are adding to the voltage of your body and using you as an antenna. Best to ground all devices and ensure you buy things with low magnetic and electric fields.

QUANTLET

Developed by Dr. Jack Kruse and Ruben Salina, the Quantlet is an evolutionary design in wearable technology that is designed to use PBM on your wrist. We wrote an entire article on The Quantlet. We think it's the right direction and sorely needed in our modern world. At this time, warranty and quality issues are keeping us from wholeheartedly backing the device. If Quantum Dynamics, the company selling the device, steps up quality and customer service, we will review it again.

It's also hard to know how well it works because the intensity of this device is different than others. Since it is supposed to be putting light into the blood via the wrist and keeping blood vessels dilated, it may be able to use a different irradiance to obtain an effect, but that is unknown at this time. 

We would hold off on buying this for therapeutic use, but encourage biohackers to get it if they want to experiment and keep moving the industry forward. We just don't know how well it's going to work until more people try it out. 

That being said, there are many users, device quality issues or not, that swear by the life changing and healing benefits they have received from using it.

 The Quantlet uses 2 frequencies of light that are critically important in ALL life, ultra-violet (UV) and infrared (IR). These two light frequencies can be captured by water and drive numerous processes in the body that maintain health. Without these two frequencies, we do not thrive, we are left open to disease and increased aging.

The Quantlet also claims to help keep the body at its preferred temperature so that it can operate more efficiently. When the body overheats due to training or disease, physical performance, and cognitive function decline.

Check out our review article, HERE.

SAUNA SPACE

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Can Sauna Space, which uses incandescent technology and is designed to be a Suana, be used for photobiomodulation?

Dr. Michael Hamblin – “Yes, incandescent light could be used for PBM, but you’d want them to have a red filter covering them to get more red light out. I’m not sure why you would use these though because they generate a lot of heat.”

Heat indeed. Sauna Space makes a sauna. For detox and creation of heat shock proteins. They heat using incandescent tungsten lamps. These lamps have a red coating on them. So, in theory, you can get the benefits of a sauna and additionally get some PBM at the same time.

In addition, Sauna Space has spent time, like Joovv, grounding their device and protecting the user from EMFs.

Wavelength

Sauna Space uses a broad spectrum of wavelengths. I was not able to determine the intensity of any one wavelength and it’s not possible with my equipment. Certainly, the lights contain wavelengths that are effective and cited in the literature. They also contain other wavelengths, mid and far infrared, that are absorbed by water and largely just heat the body (although that’s what you want in a sauna and it does provide true benefit, just different benefit than PBM).

Some people argue that there is too much long wavelength light in the Suana Space for PBM, but longer wavelengths just MIGHT be PBM too and work, via a different mechanism:

There is also some evidence suggesting that longer wavelengths (eg. 980 or 10600 nm) might have a unique mechanism of action that isn't based on absorption by cytochrome c oxidase. Some hypotheses have been published, describing intracellular water as the primary photoreceptor mediating the photomodulatory effects observed with longer wavelengths (Wang et al. 2017Hamblin 2017).

While the sun and incandescent lamps can do photobiomodulation, the incandescent lamp is not ideal. We always advocate that the sun is the ideal, especially while barefoot connected to the earth. Countless suneaters, breathatarians, and other wizards swear by it.

Incandescent contains little to no blue and a good amount of red and infrared, it is hard to identify the intensity of light in each wavelength. Because an incandescent is putting out a broad array of wavelengths, there is no indication of the intensity of any one wavelength, making it hard to perform photobiomodulation with an incandescent bulb. Covering the bulb with a red filter is ideal as it puts even more red and less blue onto the skin, but it’s still too difficult to determine the intensity of any one wavelength.

Short answer is that sauna space and any incandescent bulb can perform photobiomodulation, but it’s unknown how good it is without knowing the intensity and having testimonials and other data to back it up. I’d argue that you’re getting photobiomodulation, but it’s hard to quantify how it compared to a red LED light with a known wavelength and intensity.

Stick to using Sauna Space as a Sauna for detoxification and infrared therapy. I’m sure you do get photobiomodulation benefits as well, but it’s a bonus.

Intensity

I was unable to determine the intensity of the different wavelengths because it produces many wavelengths.

Intensity measurement

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EMF measurement

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Sauna Space has extremely low electric fields, almost unbelieveable. The EMF Sanctuary Sauna that I'm borrowing also blocks microwave radiation from cell and wifi from coming into the sauna. Not only do you get the detox benefits of the sauna, but you are protected from microwave radiation at the same time. 

Sunlighten/Clearlight and Other Infrared Saunas

Many companies make infrared saunas. Of course, infrared is light, so we discuss them as part of photobiomodulation.

Most infrared saunas, including full spectrum (meaning they contain near, mid, and far-infrared), do not use high intensity near infrared light.

Saunas are designed to heat the body by sending light into the water of the body and heating it up. Mostly this is accomplished with mid and far infrared heaters.

Heating of the water in cells of the body certainly has benefit including detoxification and generation of heat shock proteins. See THIS ARTICLE by Dr. Rhonda Patrick about the many benefits of Sauna.

However, the studied benefits that come from red and infrared light, that stimulate cytochrome C oxidase, are not what you get from infrared saunas.

Infrared saunas are best used in addition to red and infrared light therapy for additional benefit.

It is not suggested to use a red light device in a sauna because the heat will eventually thermal degrade the light diodes and they will not produce the correct wavelength of light once this happens. Joovv mentioned that their light is rated to last 50,000 hours but if used in a sauna it may last only 20,000 hours or less.

It is also worth noting the EMF exposure in a sauna. Many reduced EMF saunas cut out the magnetic fields but fail to reduce the electric fields or vice versa. It’s always best to check both the electric and magnetic field in any sauna you wish to purchase to ensure it is acceptable with all the heaters turned on.

Use infrared saunas for the detox and heat shock protein benefit and not for red and infrared benefits.

I used to own a Sunlighten Sauna and was able to test it for magnetic and electric fields, here’s what I found: The EMF claim that many of the low or no EMF sauna companies make is based on only one type of EMF. Beware and test your own. If you find a lower EMF infrared sauna, you will almost certainly benefit from using it. 

CONCLUSION

Based on the science, if you buy a red light in the right wavelength, it should work. Higher intensity lights deliver photons faster. I am undecided on what the optimal intensity is, but Joovv and Dr. Hamblin think it’s between 50-100mW/cm2. I’m not convinced that’s the optimal window, just the most studied. Though, for clinical studies, it’s  the intensity that most studies use. Doesn’t mean it’s ideal, but that’s what’s used if you want to do a research study. I have seen other references suggest 10-20 mW/cm2 is the ideal and this is more in line with lower power red light devices. 

If you are more interested in results than science, you can look into the device using quantum healing codes and undisclosed wavelengths. This has numerous testimonials and dives deeper into the “woo” and if quantum healing codes and eastern medicine is your thing, this is up your alley.

You’ll want a good idea of what problem you are trying to solve, why you want a red light device, and then choose a device based on the proper wavelength, knowledge of the intensity, and as low EMF as you can get.

Ideally, you want to buy a light where many others consistently obtain noticeable benefits.

I am not recommending any light. I thought about this for a very long time. I do own a Joovv, and if you buy one using my link, you save money and I get a commission. I also own a Redjuvenator, Sauna Space, 630nm Red Bulb and Sunlighten Sauna (I just sold it). I get a commission on the Sauna Space, and not on the Redjuvenator. I use all the lights. I have not had any major sickness, injury or other issue to put them to a true test.

Do a little research, talk with others, and choose the light that feels right to you.

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Why You Should Block Blue Light at Night

Humans, for all natural history that we know of, have never been exposed to blue light after dark.

Because of this, our bodies are tuned to the color blue, only present in the daytime sky.

This attunement to blue tells our body that it’s daytime.

Daytime means we humans will produce cortisol to be awake and alert and stop producing melatonin, a hormone of darkness and sleep.

When we see blue after dark, our bodies destroy melatonin, lose many of the benefits of sleep, and set us up for long term health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer according to the National Institute of Health.

In order to minimize exposure to blue light at night, the very best thing you can do is to wear blue light blocking glasses.

If Blue Light is Necessary, Why Block it?

Blue light is present in the sun always.

Our bodies have receptors that decode blue light.

These receptors are called melanopsin.

Melanopsin reads the blue light in the environment and uses this information to produce hormones that keep us healthy.

The amount of blue in the environment also tells the body what time of day it is. There is a varying amount of blue from sunrise to noon to sunset. The body reads these levels to know what time of day it is.

Knowing what time of day it is, helps our body set circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is so important to human health that the nobel prize in medicine was given in 2017 for the study of circadian rhythm.

Every cell in our body contains a clock and these clocks are required to be set to the right time for optimal health.

Our clocks are set by the color and brightness of light.

When we live indoors and turn on lights after dark, we confuse our body and the melanopsin receptors into thinking it’s daytime. We mess up our circadian rhythm and cause chaos in the body.

Blue light at the wrong time of day is devastating.

Blue light after sunset tells the body it's daytime, releases stress hormone and keeps you awake, destroying the healing hormone melatonin and ruining your sleep. 

In addition, strong blue light during the day from devices and overheads lights that are devoid of UV and infrared light can damage the eyes by causing too many free radicals in the eye without the mitigating effect of infrared light.

Blue light after dark has been shown to reduce melatonin and shift circadian rhythm.

Why Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses at Night

When the sun sets, melatonin is released from the gut and pineal in the brain into the blood. Melatonin stays high for about 12 hours and helps us clean up cancer and even boosts our immune system!

But artificial light, which has a high amount of blue light at a time when nature provides no blue light, messes with melatonin levels.

Blue and green light have both been associated with decreasing melatonin, blue more than green. Red light does not decrease melatonin.

When blue light is removed at night, people sleep longer and get better sleep and melatonin is preserved.

Blue light blocking glasses have been shown to filter out blue light and preserve melatonin.

Blue Light Blocking for Better Sleep

Wearing blue light blocking glasses after sunset have been shown to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Personally, I find these glasses so effective that I gave a TEDx talk about the effect HERE and also developed my own blue light blocking glasses because good looking effective blue light glasses on the market were too expensive and I wanted everyone to have them.

Blue Light Blocking to Control Cortisol Release

Cortisol is released with blue light, because blue is always present only when the sun is up. When the sun rises, we want to be alert and awake. This is because we are diurnal animals (we sleep at night and awaken during the day) as opposed to rats that are nocturnal animals. 

Our biology is coded to the light. 

Cortisol is a stress hormone, but also keeps us alert and awake, which is fine during the day but not before bed.

 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Reducing the Risk of Disease

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has published multiple papers showing that exposure to artificial light at Night (ALAN) is associated with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. In addition the World Health Organization has declared ALAN or artificial light at night as a Class 2B carcinogen, in the same category as microwave radiation, lead, and asbestos.

It's important to note that light at the wrong time of the day is likely carcinogenic and also leads to health issues. This is true for everyone, even if you do not "feel" like it affects you. 

Protect your Eyes

If you work on a device all day or work under fluorescent or LED lights, you must protect your eyes. Daytime blue light blocking glasses filter some, but not all blue light to help protect the eyes.

Blue light during the day is necessary, but the intense blue light from devices is too much for your eyes and can create free radicals leading to macular degeneration. 

Shift Work

Shift work is anti-life. I’m sorry about this, but humans are diurnal animals while rats are nocturnal animals. Humans are not nocturnal and this means no matter what kind of night owl you “think” you are, you are designed biologically to be asleep when it’s dark.

Yes, you can “try” to hack nightshift work, and HERE is our article on how we would hack nightshift if we had to work nightshift. Ultimately, you will want to find a new job that allows you to work during the day.

How to Choose Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Everyone and even all kids really need to be wearing blue light blocking glasses after dark.

We all are exposed to phones, devices, TVs and lights after dark, especially if we’re not at home where we can control the light.

The cheapest glasses you can buy are THESE and while they aren’t something you’d wear out of the house, you can definitely get the cheaply and try the out at home to see how they work for you.

We recommend you try them out for one month and see what happens. I haven’t yet met someone who didn’t notice a benefit.

For daytime blue light blocking glasses that look amazing, we made these glasses 

Nighttime glasses that you can wear out of the house and look cool can be found here 

Finally, if you want to block blue and green light at night, as both can mess with melatonin, then THESE glasses will do just that.

Other Ways to Avoid Blue Light at Night

  • Use Red Lights in your home like these LEDs or Gembared (Discount code SLEEP) which can also be used for red light therapy.
  • Add Twilight or Iris aps to your phone and use iris or F.lux on your laptops.
  • Use Candles at night.
  • Turn off the power in your bedroom at the circuit box. Many people do this to avoid EMFs as well..
  • Get sunlight during the day. This has been shown to allow you to get better sleep at night.

 

As soon as the sun sets, put on your blue light blocking glasses.

When the sun rises the next day, take them off.

This will ensure you preserve your melatonin and build optimal health.

Portable Red Light Therapy is Here

There are so many different light therapy devices on the market that it might get overwhelming. It's hard to make a choice. But, how do you pick the best one for yourself? What is the best red light therapy device - the answer is surprisingly simple.

The best red light therapy device is the one you use every day. So, it's more than just numbers, outputs and features (although, they are important). It's about convenience. So, behold FlexBeam!

 

There are many different red light therapy products on the market. They include cosmetic devices, cheap red light lamps, wall panels, and even masks.

So, why would you pick a portable device like this instead of a red light wall panel or a different RLT device? Generally, it all depends on how you want to use your device and what you need it for.

Whatever you use, make sure that it does what you need it to do (ie, it has good features and specifics) and that it's convenient for you to use. People often stop using inconvenient devices even when they are amazing.

 

Here are couple of reasons why FlexBeam makes an excellent choice in comparison to other types of RLT devices:

 

Flexibility

 

One thing that makes FlexBeam an amazing choice is its portability and flexibility. You just put it on, placing directly onto your skin and you let it do its thing. This means that you can go hiking, driving, cooking or just normally go about your day. You still get your dose of red light therapy along the way.

Usually, when you have a wall panel, you don’t get as much flexibility. You position it at a convenient place in your home and have your therapy. Panels are excellent devices, but not many people have the time to use them. You have to expose the part of your body you want to treat to the panel. Which sometimes means you need more privacy than you can get in your home.

On top of that, the effects of red light therapy weaken as you move away from the source of the light. Let’s say you have a knee problem. Which side of your knee do you place directly next to the panel? What about the other side? Do you do two sessions? This is all much easier when you can wrap your RLT device

 

Excellent Specs

 

If you want to dig deeper into choosing the best red light therapy device for you (as you should) make sure to check the specs of the device. Keep your eye on:

-          Wavelength

-          Energy density

-          Irradiance


Wavelength

Let’s start with the wavelengths. You want a device that emits the light between 600 to 1020 nm. That’s what science says. It also says that the best healing range is between 625 and 635nm for red light and that the LEAST effective range is 700-770nm. As for infrared, aim for 810 to 850nm. 


Energy Density

Energy density is expressed in J/m2. The maximum of energy density you should go for is 60 J/m2. Everything above that is too much and your body may stop responding to red light therapy.


Irradiance

Irradiance is the flux of radiant energy emitted per surface area. The most effective irradiance for red and near-infrared light is 20-200 mW/cm2. FlexBeam has a safe and solid 100 mW/cm2.

 

Get Yours

You can get yours at a special Indigogo sale for up to $250 off using THIS LINK and you can also buy it on the website for a 10% discount when the Indigogo is over using THIS LINK and discount code PRIMALHACKER

 

We have been using the Flexbeam for almost 3 months and it's amazing. The portability means that we use it more often than a standing panel. 

The power of the device has been incredible. We can bring it into bed, the car and on a hike. 

I would highly recommend this product. 

Why you need to keep your mouth shut for better sleep and performance!

If you have been biohacking for any amount of time now, you have surely discovered the importance of sleep.

As a human you have a very unique set of sleep requirements. According to Dr. Michael Breus, these unique characteristics can be categorized by an individuals chronotype and their sleep drive or circadian rhythm is cued by a combination of epigenetic factors such as sun light, blue light, food, exercise, hormones and body temperature.

Improving your sleep efficiency is key to improving your deep sleep and regulating your sleep drive (circadian rhythm). Circadian rythms will change or can be disrupted by the season changes, age, stress, schedule, alcohol, food,  and how much one is plugged into the matrix. So, where does mouth tape come in and why is it important? (sleep foundation. org - Sleep Drive + The power of when quiz.com)
 
In this modern era [wo]mans connection to nature and its subtle yet immensely impacting biological cues it provides has affected the respiration rate and the way we even breath. According to  James Nestor, author of Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art; a respiration rate increase has taken place in the last 50-75 years and the modern [wo]man is breathing more rapidly and less efficiently than that of our predecessors. According to the Cleveland Clinic the “normal” respiration rate of an adult is 12-20 breaths a minute and an abnormal rate is below 12 and above 25 breaths per minute. I’d argue that above 15 is abnormal and hitting 9-10 BPM is extremely healthy. Why has this shift taken place and how can a simple tool like mouth tape change this and improve your sleep.
thepowerofwhenquiz.com
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/circadian-rhythm/sleep-drive-and-your-body-clock

What is Mouth Tape?


Mouth tape is a simple yet effective tool to improve your respiration rate and improve your sleep without impacting your wallet. I’ve experimented with all of the products that are out there and have ended up with 3M’s Nexcare gentle paper tape, medium hold. A roll cost me $2.99 plus tax and has lasted for over two months now. I have been mouth taping since the begging of June 2020.

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What improvements I saw from mouth taping

With all the things affecting our health and emotional status a great nights sleep can improve your emotional and physical resilience. I’ve tracked my sleep every night for two years until very recently when I removed all tracking devices from my life ( why you should do this is for another topic)! According to my BioStraps data on my last ever recording of July 27th,2020 my deep sleep was 5h 38min, improving on my best ever deep sleep of 3h 14m.

 

Most interesting thing to me was the change in my BRPM. From an average of 15.2 at the begging of June to an average of 12.8 at the last day in July. According to the Oxygen Advantage, “breath light to breath right”! Disclaimer, as [wo]man we throw a lot of the kitchen sink at our problems so its hard to quantify if the mouth tape alone improved my deep sleep or was it a combination of buteyko breath work and mouth taping but I can tell you that the continued mouth taping and decrease in buteyko exercise and my sleep is still anecdotally amazing!

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Tips for proper mouth taping 

Proper mouth tape positioning is key for first timers to reduce potential claustrophobic feelings and anxiety. Some of the made for mouth tape sleep aids out there have a piece that covers the entire mouth and has a small slit to allow for restricted mouth breathing but this can still be too much for newcomers. 

 

This is why I have chosen the 3M Nexcare tape, a simple two inch piece taped vertically from the upper lip directly under the nose to the base of the bottom lip works wonderfully. This, method and brand of tape works over facial hair and by taping this way you feel less confined because you may breath from the corners of your mouth. Don’t worry if your tape comes off at night as this is a training tool to help improve breathing quality and function.

Breath Light to Breath Right

Remember you must breath light to breath right! Reduce and eliminate chronic mouth breathing and use techniques like mouth taping to improve nasal breathing, sleep, energy, and performance.

 

What to do now?

Take a few moments today to really focus on your breathing. It is a s simple as sitting with your eyes closed to see where your breath begins and where it ends. If you notice through out the day you are yawning frequently its a good sign that you are a mouth breather and everything from your sleep to mental performance will and is suffering to some degree.  Here are my five tips to improve your nasal breathing and respiratory function.

 

  1. Tape your mouth shut at bed time!
  2. Slow controlled nasal breathing with breath holds to improve your C02 tolerance. For instance inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds and hold for 8 seconds. repeat for 5 minutes
  3. DO NOT YAWN ever again. Yawning is a nervous system response to off load excess CO2 but most-likely you are actually hyperventilating and not under breathing. If you feel a yawn coming on, close your mouth and quickly exhale through your nostrils and return to controlled nasal breathing.
  4. O-H-M, yes, Ohm! Ohming will naturally increase the nitric oxide profusion in your paranasal sinus which will aid respiratory efficiency and improve epithelial oxygenation. ie. decreased stuffy noses, improved sports performance, and cancer fighting to name a few things. (buteykoclinic.com/docs/Nasal-Nitric-Oxide.pdf)
  5. Use a Neti pot before bed to get things cleared up. Winter in the Midwest can be brutally dry, leading to increased mucus production and congestion. A bit of structured water and mineral rich sea salt will loosen mucus and hydrate epithelial tissue helping you sleep tight!

 

As a bonus tip! You better be blocking blue light and you start here by purchasing a pair or two of stylish blue light blocking glasses.(Secret Discount code Tomorrow20)

 

Check out THIS post of ours on how to sleep right.

CREATE A PRIMAL SLEEPING ENVIRONMENT

What is a Primal Sleeping Environment?

A primal sleeping environment is creating a sleeping environment, bedroom, that aligns our body to the natural and healthy energies in the world to help us heal.

Primal sleeping environment has healthy lighting, temperature, EMF signals and more.

For most people have never slept in a primal environment and have never allowed themselves to heal in the way their body is capable.

A primal environment stimulates the body’s innate healing capabilities.

Primal environments filter out the harmful manmade frequencies that are designed to harm us and are everywhere.

Frequencies are sound, light, temperature, toxins and more. 

When you first sleep in a primal environment you sleep amazingly well. 

After about 2 days you may not! This is due to detox. Your body finally has the opportunity to detox in this environment and it may take 2 weeks to fully detox and get back to sleeping well. Take note of this.

 

Why Create a Primal Sleeping Environment

Primal sleeping is the best way to build immunity, reduce the effects of aging, heal, and recover.

When you create a primal sleeping environment, you eliminate man made frequencies that are harming you and allow in the natural healing frequencies that are usually covered up by how we live today.

When people create and sleep in a primal environment, they heal without supplements. People have found that they can reduce or eliminate prescriptions.

 

How do you Create a Primal Sleeping Environment?

Light

Ensure all LED lights are removed from your bedroom. Any blinky lights like the green light on the smoke alarm must be taped over with black electrical tape or turned off.

Put in red lights or very dim incandescent lights. DO not use dimmers, these create huge and harmful magnetic fields.

Ensure absolute blackness when it’s time for sleeping.

You can also use an eye mask, though your skin can also detect light, so it’s best to have it black.

PRE-SLEEP

What you do before bed is key. Do this right and it makes 100% difference. 

1. Routine - do your best to keep the same routine every single day. 

2. Blocking Blue Light - wear blue light blocking glasses after sunset. These will allow your life extension and healing melatonin to keep on coming. 

3. Many people find magnesium helps a ton with getting to sleep. We like magnesium citrate. You can also try a pre-built formula by Neurohacker (Discount Code primalmind for 15% off) that is taken a few hours before sleep. This worked well for increasing deep sleep when we tried it.

4. Avoid Alcohol - this can disturb sleep, deep sleep, and cause you to awaken around 2am. However, Dry Farm Wine is biohacked wine made and tested to exacting specifications to make it healthier to drink. If you must have wine close to bedtime, try Dry Farm Wines and get a bottle for a penny. 

Cold

Our bodies naturally drop in temperature at bedtime. Most of us take hot baths or showers and then get into a bed with lots of warn covers.

Turn your thermostat down at night. I keep ours at 65F and would enjoy 59F at night and 65 during the day. Your body likes it colder at night as that’s what would have happened through all of human history.

Cooler temperatures help people sleep deeper.

You can also buy an ooler or chilipad that runs cool water under your sheets to cool your body down if your partner doesn’t like it as cool as you do. You can sleep cool while your partner sleeps hot. 

EMF

Man made electromagnetic fields (EMF) have been shown to reduce melatonin and harm sleep. They have also been shown to reduce immunity and immune system function.

EMF fields are in our homes from WiFi, your neighbors WiFi, cellphone towers that allow your phone to connect while in your house, electric fields in your walls from wiring and Bluetooth from all your connected devices.

All these fields impact your body 24/7. They all cause stress in the body.

You want to eliminate those so you can sleep in a non-stressed state.

Natural EMFs from the Earth’s magnetic field, Schumann Resonance, and the Earth’s magnetic and electric fields are what we want our body tuned into, and we can’t do that when we’re bombarded by man made fields.

Start by turning off your wifi at night.

We originally used this timer  to turn off wifi while we slept. The timer would turn on the wifi when we woke up. We had it turn off at 1030pm and turn on at 530am every day.

Then we moved to a remote control to turn off wifi when we went to bed and turn it on when we woke up. We just hit the remote to off at night and on when we woke up.

Now we actually just eliminated wifi and never turn it on!

Next, turn off your phone at night. Put it in airplane mode. Your alarm clock and clock will still work. But it won’t be irradiating you all night.

We use BOTH airplane mode for our phones AND put them in these pouches. The pouch is a faraday cage, which means it stops radiation getting to or from the phone. I honestly have some concern that the cellphone companies are embedding software to allow our phones to come out of airplane mode at intervals all night long to send data back to various companies about our location and other things. In addition, there may be frequential software embedded in the phones that can manipulate your mind at night. I want to minimize all of this. Your phone will still work as a clock and alarm in the faraday cage. Another great advantage of the Faraday cage is that your phone’s GPS chip tracks you literally everywhere you go, even if your phone is turned off. I do not want to be tracked everywhere. Putting your phone into a pouch allows you to move about without being tracked. Why carry a tracking device in your pocket?

If you want to eliminate all EMFs in your bedroom, it’s best to use shielding paint on the walls, ceiling and floor. This is what the NSA and other spy agencies do to stop others from spying on them. This typically costs about $300 for a bedroom using THIS paint off amazon or the paint from Shielded Healing I used this in my kid’s bedroom.

If you don’t want to paint, you can use shielding fabric to create a canopy around your bed. This is what I did in our own bedroom. I built a 4 poster bedframe for about $50 from Home Depot and hung the shielding fabric over my bed. This eliminated EMFs in my bed as measured with all my meters. You can buy some of the material yourself from Shielded Healing (Discount Code PRIMALSLEEP).  You can also have shielded healing do an entire EMF home assessment for $100 off using discount code SLEEP. Everyone from Dr Mercola to Ben Greenfield, to me have used Shielded Healing to perform expert EMF assessments on their home.

Brian, who runs shielded healing, is literally the most knowledgeable EMF shielding expert in the entire country. Possibly in the world. He has shielded Dr Mecola’s home, worked with Luke Storey and Ben Greenfield, and even shielded the famous EMF medical doctor Dr. Klinghardts medical office.

Primal Sleep

Primalhackers sleep natural.

We use natural materials like organic cotton and silk.

We do not use metal in our mattresses because they act as antennas for EMF drawing them to our bodies. Casper makes a really comfortable metal free mattress. 

We keep our sleeping environment free of any lights except candles, red lights or no lights.

We keep our bedrooms free of all EMF.

Keep your bedroom cooler at bedtime and throughout the night.

Top 10 ways to upgrade/biohack your relationship

Living with another human can be challenging especially when the world is being turned upside down.  Elevated Cortisol and stress could cause many couples to feel like their living space might be too small.  We are here to let you know there are many many ways to reconnect with your partner. Co-Creating harmony in your home begins with you, and then your partner/lover.  We have come to you from a place of peace, we are centered, nurtured, loving and grounded. You asked for this information, if it has found its way to you or your home, it means you are ready, awake, and open to new ideas.  Take a deep cleansing breathe, relax your body, feel the love wash through every cell of your being. You are here for a reason, use this precious time to reconnect with your beloved and Co-create a sacred space for just the two of you.  


Top 9 way to upgrade your relationship

1. Get Kinky!  

(in a positive healthy way, that upgrades your spirit)

Thought we would ease into it...nope,  why not start with sexy time?

couple sittingo n lap on couch

Having a deep connection with your lover is healthy in so many more ways than you even know!  Connect spiritually/physically/mentally/emotionally all through sex. We are not sexperts, but we are practicing for sure.  


We have a secret we want to share with you.  Her name is Kim Anami.  She is the worlds’ leading expert on all things SEXUAL.  Kim explains “The essentials for lifelong, passionate sex, and how to use your intimate relationship as a vessel for spiritual growth.” Now is not the time to be shywhen you can open up to your partner and Co-create or Re-create a romantic love affair  your whole world can change. Don’t you want to walk around grounded in bliss, feeling so much love and share that with someone?  Sounds good to me, actually that is my reality. Find Kim here online. https://kimanami.com.  You can take a course, watch videos, listen to a podcast, read about a gazillion blog posts and learn so much about your body that i'm certain no one has ever taught you (unless you were raised by hippies ;) You and your lover are a center of power, why can’t we rearrange the “old puritan belief system” and shout from our rooftops that religious dogma has no place telling us how to view our bodies and sex!  Lets begin by raising our vibes through our sexual encounters, its magic...see what happens.  

2. PUT RED LIGHTS IN YOUR BEDROOM

You may have seen therapeutic red lights being talked about in the health and wellness world recently.  What is that all about? Find out here.

(Not only are red lights therapeutic for your health & healing, they can be very seductive in the bedroom.  Ever wonder why they call it the “red light district”? They create an atmosphere of relaxation and sensuality.  If your partner isn’t up for changing out all your bedroom lights, just them it's for sexy time. Red light is way better than blue light for your circadian biorhythms and really that is the only spectrum of light we should be seeing after sunset.  

couple holding each other in red light

click here  to read the whole shebang  (no pun intended) about the link between red light and circadian biology.  Ever wonder why the setting sun is mostly reds, pinks, orange? That is nature's way of telling your eyes/body to produce melatonin.  If you put blue lights into your eyes after sunset you are telling your body mixed signals. This can lead to sleep disturbances, weight gain and many other problems.  So, my friends, replacing your light bulbs with red bulbs is not only great for your sexy time and sleep, it’s so powerful for your overall health optimization. We recommend Gembared (discount code sleep) and Flexbeam (Discount code primalhacker) lights as both therapeutic and for lighting at night.

 

3. Tape your mouth

Have you heard of this latest fad?  Taping your mouth shut at night might just be your husband's dream come true...just kidding. We women do like to communicate but ladies there is a time and place for it.  Seriously though some people have a lot of success with taping their mouths at night, so they breathe through the nose. Studies show that this can lead to better night's sleep and increased morning alertness for many people.  It does look pretty sadistic and crazy.  


I remember when Thaddeus started taping his mouth, he looked over at me and he had on his sleep mask, ear plugs and now mouth tape.   OMG we laughed for a half an hour. He is very committed to his sleep and that also says a lot about his commitment to our relationship.  If he's that committed to sleep, then he can show up better to us. Pretty cool. I'm very grateful everyday for his commitment to sleep, so he keeps a calm cool state of being even in stressful situations.  


Want to know more about the mouth tape click here for a good quick read all about it.  Mouth Taping: The Cheapest Life Hack for Better Sleep

Improvements can be feeling more well rested, not getting up to use the bathroom.  


One other thing I learned while writing this article...mouth tape section in particular, is the Butekyo Method.   It's a very gentle breathing technique that I have found to be pretty profound just in the first few days of discovery.  Some of the other breathing techniques we have tried are of course Wim Hof, yogic breathe. Oftentimes the techniques feel very aggressive, but the Buteyko method is gentle. Here is a link to the TED talk about it.  I have been using the Butekyo method in my morning routine and I'm really enjoying it. If you have any trouble meditating or are just starting out, might be a great place to start.  


  4.  SLEEP! 


 Consistency is key here friends.  One habit we practice, that is super simple is going to bed together.  By retiring together you are actually making a commitment that you cherish your time together then it becomes sacred.  


If one of you decides to stay up and god forbid watch TV, or look at your phone.  What you're actually saying is that thing, whatever it is,  is more important.  Ladies am I wrong? We all want more romance in our lives. We all want more love in our lives.  Tonight go to bed together and make it a habit. You have to protect your sacred time together.  


Next we TANK THE TECH.  99% of the time we never bring phones or computers or tv into our sacred sleeping chamber.  Our bedroom is used for two things...hahaha and one is sacred sleep! We pillow talk, we meditate, we read a lot and we sleep!  Bringing tech into the sleeping chamber kills the mood, instead set yourself up for success. If your significant other refuses, tell them you just want some time to ...I don’t know give him a mind bending blow job!  You may get his attention pretty damn quick! Link Here is a Kim Anami link for your educational purposes.  


WHAT IS ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?  What does your room say about you, your relationship? 


 I also work as an Interior Designer part time (email me at tomorrow@primalhacker.com if you want pricing) and you would be surprised by the amount of people who put photos of family members on their bedroom walls.  In the Feng Shui tradition only photos of you and your beloved belong in the bedroom.  Here's another tip,  whatever you put on one side always put on the other.  The key here is balance and partnership harmony. Clear the clutter, dim the lights, use candles, essential oil diffusers, get some sexy sheets ( organic cotton or bamboo) to create an atmosphere that shows outward how much love you have for yourself and your beloved.  They will appreciate it.  


Whatever is on your nightstand is the last thing you see before you go to sleep.  Make sure it is something relaxing, soothing. Bringing the NY Times into the bed isn’t a great idea.  Fiction novels and spiritual texts are great things to read to engage your dream time. When you are well rested you can show up better to your partner.  Lead by example, prioritize sleep. If your partner wants sexy time and you know you need sleep, cuddle them and explain how much better it might be in the morning when you're well rested.  Keep that promise whatever it takes. 

 

5.  Do Something Neither One of you has Ever Done Before, Together

What more is there to say?  When you experience something together for the first time, you bond and share in that experience, this in turn creates memories and strengthens the entanglement between you.  


Einstein talked about quantum entanglement, or “spooky action”, that when two things come into contact with each other they are forever entangled, the more you create this with your partner the more entangled you are.  I love that! Just the imaginary notion of being entangled with my lover under the covers legs intertwined not knowing where one person begins and the other ends all tangled in their whispers and kisses is the perfect ending to the first thought of spooky action and entanglement.  So, thank you Einstien I will romance the shit out of your “spooky action”  

 Float Tank

One thing we did recently is experience a float tank together, we were in separate pods, but experienced it together at the same time slot.  We highly recommend doing this on a date night! We talked all the way home about our experiences, they were so different even though the environment was the same.  Really cool!

Another thing we just did was find a new spot to jump into a really cold stream together.  We have done that in the past but this time neither of us had ever been to that particular stream or at the spring equinox.  We actually started a new tradition.  


If you live in a warmer part of the country you can get a stock tank fill it with cold water, ice...and both jump in together!  Just an idea. Think outside the box. Make a list of things you can do together for the first time. This is a great time to ditch the kids.  They get a lot of your attention all-the-time! Take this time for you and your partner to do this new experience together. The kids will be fine with a babysitter and they can learn from you how to harness loving escapades you take together.  The glow on your face when you return is the best thing you can do for them. Protect your time together.  

 

6.  Love & Respect


What women want and what men want are two seemingly different things but quite similar if you break it down.  


Women want to be loved, guys really are you surprised?  In everything you do, if you do it with love,  you will be greatly rewarded. (wink)- I'm actually serious, if you ask your beloved to pick up dogshit in the yard, do it with love.  You might be pleasantly surprised at the reaction you get. WOMEN NEED AND WANT LOVE, TO BE LOVED, TO FEEL CHERISHED AND HONORED. We are the givers of life, we used to be cherished as such.  That doesn’t mean we get to act like princesses however. Loving your woman will bring her natural hormones to levels they are supposed to be. Read more about this by John Grey. 


Do these things 10 times a day to change your life.  Hold her hand, touch her, kiss her, massage her shoulders, when you walk in the door find her first (before kids and dog) and hug her for 8 secs min, make her coffee/tea, dance with her, introduce her first, always help with her coat, open her door( all of them...cars too), pour her wine, tell her how you feel about her (Insert cheesy BillyJoel song…”tell her about it”), text her you love her, call her tell her you love her, leave her a note and ...yes you guessed it let you know how much you love her.  If you do this your life will change. Here’s the key, never stop doing this for the rest of your life together.  Or in the after life either.  Haha  


Quick story, we were at our friends home about a year ago, just a casual visit with appetizers and some vino ( Dry Farm Wines is biohacker approved and you get a bottle for a penny,   if you are local to the Twin Cities you can get into the Healthy Wine Club from Swirl)   (If you haven’t tried wine from DFW, might want to look into it.. They test for toxins, never add sugar, you really have to drink like three bottles to get a hangover….)

I digress, we were having wine, and Thaddeus took a gluten free cracker and added some beautiful cheese to it, I watched across the island as I couldn’t reach any of the food.  I observed if he was going to offer it to me or eat if for himself.  He was going to eat it! I thought this might be a good time for a little social experiment.  I love social experiments. I sometimes feel like my whole life is filled with moments of social and personal experiments.  Again I digress.  


He was going to eat it!, and not offer it or anything else to me.  So I piped up and reached across the island and took it gently out of his hands and looked him in the eyes and said “oh you are so sweet to make that for me”  He seemed a bit taken off guard for a split second, then quickly responded and “of course for you, my love” 

My friend looked at me wildly and said “WOW” I'm gonna try that out loud in front of everyone.  We all started laughing. But in reality I could tell they learned something from that little experiment that evening.  


For the rest of the night and many evenings after that Thaddeus always finds me brings me a cracker or glass of wine first, as an honor.  I in return give (by showing & using my words) him ultimate gratitude and respect.  


The teaching moment has to be done ->in the moment.  If you ever try a social experiment with your beloved, be sure you leave any resentment at the door.  It must be done with love and with men, respect.  


Even if he loses his phone and we have to drive 3 ½ hours to go look for it in Northern Minnesota, you smile and tell him it's ok, well have a fun adventure.  Always with respect. Then make it enjoyable, could be another perfect time for a mind blowing blow job. Just saying.  


Men quite honestly like the idea of love, but it isn’t earth shattering like it is for us women.  Ladies, Men want respect. I learned this from...experience, social experiments, Cleopatra, a class I took online and John Gray. It’s kinda cheesy, but it works. What I learned has been invaluable when interacting with all the men in my life, first and foremost my lover, my sons, my father and any male I encounter actually.  Always with respect.  Try it out, try a social experiment for yourself.  


Another friend of mine tried it for herself, first with her words alone.  Everything she uttered was from a sincere place of respect. Within a couple days her husband of 7 years, who never texted her anything in the last 3 years that was loving, out of the blue wanted to come home from work early to give her a back rub for taking such good care of the kids all day.  Whoa, that was quick! I'm telling you if you want more LOVE from your man, start by using only RESPECT with your words and actions. Your life will change rapidly. Your home will become a place of peace, love and respect. It's a practice, it will take time, then it will become a habit. Ladies, you are the leaders of the home whatever you do the ducklings will follow suit.  Treat men with great respect. Teach your daughters to do the same and teach her why. This is the path for great romance and a beautiful future. 

 

7.  Build a fort together  


We say this to protect your space.    We already talked about sleep and using your bedroom as a sacred sleeping chamber. 

Us biohackers take it a bit further, we build a fort. This isn’t just any fort, it is the most peaceful sleeping chamber.  The curtains you see in the image are made from silver thread.

This is EMF blocking material .

 farday cage bed

This material will keep harmful EMFs from entering your sleeping chamber.  Thaddeus and I both worked on this together, we put our loving energy into building it. We built it for our health out of love and our love of restorative sleep. Under our mattress we have magnetico magnets as well.  That makes a contained EMF free zone. 

Getting primal sleep is key. We know the EMF building biologists install these into homes and people are able to get off their meds because they finally get 8 hours of peace, without the microwave fields everywhere. 

 

8. Look into each other's eyes,  and ditch your sunglasses...


Yes, we said ditch your sunglasses.  “But they look cool” -->doesn’t matter... if you're not getting sunlight in your eyes/skin,  you can't achieve optimal health. Here is the down low.  


Do you think maybe you’ve been designed to use the light of the sun in any way?  You, the plants, the animals all live under the light of the sun. 


It seems silly that the sun would be toxic to you. It’s warm and inviting. Staying out in the sun feels good.

You think the sun is healthy and likely your body was designed in some way to use sunlight?   More than you could ever know! 

Do you think sunlight is a cue to help you remain healthy? Sure seems that way. It also tells you what time of day it is. What you might not know is that your body, your brain, and your eye also need to know what time of day it is. Your brain tells your organs what time of day it is. Sunlight gives you that information.  Thaddeus wrote a this genius blog on wearing sunglasses (blueblockers) at night. Click here to read the rest of the article.  


No one in history has kept their eyes and skin from the light of the sun.  Who began this nonsense...companies who want you to be sick and unhealthy, so they can make money off of you.  Not joking folks we've all been duped by these a-holes. There is a protocol for safe sun exposure. It's free and it has nothing to do with sunscreen or sunglasses!  

Lastly, not only is covering up your eyes bad for your health, it's the window to the soul.  Looking in your lover’s eyes is very important for relationship health. Where is your attention, are you fully present for your lover?  Or is your attention elsewhere, what does that say about your relationship? I know I don’t like it at all when I can't see Thaddeus’s eyes, (when he's wearing his red blue blockers late at night).  When making love, don’t we want our lover to look into our eyes? The connection deepens beyond worlds and words. There are so many reasons to ditch your sunglasses. We get a lot of people asking questions about contacts, driving and wearing sunglasses...follow our IG page @primalhacker_ for more information.  In the meantime, let your lover see your eyes, they are beautiful, play games with them. Paint them dark or sparkly, but please don’t hide their beauty from the world and more importantly your lover.  

 

9.  Sprint! I mean run like your life depends on it!

Because we are “Primalhacker” we can say “RUN as if you're running for your life, like running away from liger!”  Ok we’ll call it primal movement. Want to feel sexier when you're naked? This little hack is priceless. If you have the capacity, sprinting 2-3 x’s a week and working your way up to 5-6 x’s a week is a great way to stay in shape.  Ancient peoples didn’t run for long distances/run marathons, they walked long distances or sprinted short distances. 


Check out this photo of a marathon body and a sprinter

 sprinter vs marathon body

 

One article suggests the combo of  intermittent fasting and exercising until you’re “out of breath”. Here’s a suggested protocol that we here subscribe to (for the warm months of the year if you live up north).  Find a well maintained soccer or athletic field that is devoid of anything but soft grass, or find a nice beach. There’s added benefit if you also sprint barefoot.

Mark off about 100 yards. Sprint as hard and as fast as you can for the 100 yards, or whatever you’re capable of. You will be totally out of breath, then walk back to your starting place, you’ll recover your breath on the way back, then do it all again.  In the beginning you may only be able to do this 2-3 times, build up to 5-6 times twice a week. Make this a habit for life.” Here's a link to the full article. http://fitcommerce.com/2019/10/10/stay-youthful-by-biohacking-your-hgh-through-sprinting/


The moral of the story is when you feel sexier you feel more like having sexy time!   When you look better ->you feel better-> you can show up better in bed with your lover!  So sprint for you and your health. The coolest thing about this hack is that you aren’t spending long hours in the blue light gym, we would call this overworking  in a toxic environment! I don’t know about you, but when I workout for over an hour I'm trashed the rest of the day, then I for sure can’t show up for sexy time. If you work your joints too much you're going to put yourself at risk later in life likely with hip and knee replacements.  So, do less. Be gentle with yourself, SPRINT! if it feels right for you!

We also recommend doing as the children do.  If you have kids and you bring them to the park and they are running around, then run around with them!  If you go to the state parks and they climb under a fence, then climb under the fence! Don’t forget to be young.  Move like children and see what magic happens!  

 

10.  Appreciation 

This is the best hack for your relationship.  We haven’t missed one time since we started this habit.  Here is how you do it. EVERY MORNING and EVERY EVENING before you go to bed AND when you wake up, tell your partner one thing you appreciate about them.  Not joking every morning and every night! 

Here's why, when you tell your lover what you appreciate you acknowledge that you are conscious of the big and small things!  Your lover will start or end their day with you appreciating something they never even knew you noticed. How cool is that?  

If you begin this process it will become a habit and throughout the day you will start to think of things you appreciate about your partner!  Instead of focusing on something they aren’t doing, focus on what you want more of.

One example, I love when Thaddeus touches me in the kitchen, and throughout the day.  So, I will tell him before bed how much I appreciate it when he touches me as he’s brushing by me in the kitchen and guess what?  He will do it more!!!! THIS IS GOLD PEOPLE. He in return tells me how much he appreciates it when I make him lunch, guess what? I make him lunch more often and with more and more love everytime!!

Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.


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Want Better Sleep? Read This (A Review of Qualia NIGHT)

More than one-third of Americans have trouble sleeping at night. That's roughly 100,000,000 people. 

Many of them reach for prescription products to help them sleep. 

Many others suffer restless nights, tossing and turning only to awaken in the morning feeling like they haven't slept. 

I used to be one of those people. 

I went to bed at 8pm, read a book till 10pm and then turned out the lights. 

Immediately my head would ramp up and spit out thought after thought. At 2am, frustrated and anxious I would feel like screaming. 

Finally, I found a solution that worked for me. 

I mixed 5-HTP (hydroxtryptophan) with collagen and some water, drank it down and fell asleep. 

I would keep this solution next to my bed for most nights when I couldn't sleep. 

It worked like a charm. 

But it was an unbalanced formula and I had heard that it would eventually burn out my neurotransmitters. So the goal was to use it only a couple times a week. 

I wanted to use it every single day. Because it worked. 

Whenever you take a supplement to sleep, you want to make sure its balanced. 

Taking 5-HTP with collagen wasn't balanced. I had to ensure I took time off every so often to allow my neurotransmitters to re-balance naturally. 

I didn't have the time back then to find a truly balanced formula to help with sleep, but there's now a company that has! 

I'm going to tell you about a new sleep formula called NIGHT that works and was designed by formulators diving deep into the science of biochemistry to ensure its balanced and effective. 

But first.... 

If You Can't Sleep, Try This

Remember, I found a solution to my sleep issues. It was taking 5-HTP and collagen with water. 

This did nothing for my active mind at night. But it definitely allowed me to sleep. 

With more sleep, I had less brain fog and more focused attention. 

I spent a ton of time researching about biohacking, eventually training with Dave Asprey and his team in the first class of bulletproof coaches. 

I learned two things I was doing wrong. One of them from Dave and one from Dr Jack Kruse. 

1. Do the inner emotional work. 

Part of my problem was that I had unresolved emotional issues.. don't we all. But I was actively avoiding dealing with them. I didn't want to talk to anyone about it because I thought people would think I was stupid or broken. My ego was in full force preventing me from living the life I wanted to and of course preventing me from sleeping well. 

Other articles on this blog, and on our newsletter, if you sign up, discuss how I dealt with this part. 

Please start here before relying on a supplement. A supplement will absolutely help, and I find they are valuable while doing the inner work, and then you can wean off all supplements later on.

For you, do the inner work. It will help you sleep. 

2. Block Blue Light After Dark. 

I learned so much about light in those early years it was like drinking from a fire hose. 

When I finally implemented the strategies, my sleep was FOREVER changed. 

I started wearing blue light blocking glasses and my entire world changed. 

I was able to sleep!

Now I sell my own version because I found the so effective. You can get a pair here using discount code primal10. 

Blocking blue light at night helps signal to our body that it's night. The body can then produce the right hormones to help you sleep and get the benefits of sleep.

This is SOOOOO important. If you haven't bought a pair of blueblockers, do this first. 

Next, work on the emotional issues, and if you need a supplement to help, get that while doing the inner work! 

Sometimes You Need Extra Support

 If you've done the blue light blocking and inner emotional work, or perhaps you haven't and just need to sleep, NOW, then a supplement might help. 

Remember, my concoction of 5-HTP and collagen worked wonders for me. 

Now you can try a pre-built sleep supplement that is far safer than prescription compounds. 

And guess what? It's built with that 5-HTP backbone in it that was so effective for me. 

One of the ingredients is L-tryptophan. 5-HTP is just 5-hydroxytryptophan and is a modified version of L-tryptophan. 

Each of these is modified in the body to become serotonin, which is converted to melatonin. 

5-HTP and tryptophan have been shown to decrease anxiety and to aid with sleep. 

Which should be obvious because melatonin is the hormone of sleep. 

Most people are wildly deficient in melatonin. 

This is because light at night destroys melatonin. And most of you are not blocking light at night by wearing blueblocking glasses. 

So you destroy your melatonin. 

Taking a supplement with tryptophan gives your body the precursor to the hormone you are losing by playing on your phone after dark. 

Qualia Night is the pre-built supplement that was designed to help you sleep. You can try it out and save using discount code PRIMALMIND. 

Qualia Night Benefits

L Theanine and Sleep

 Let's take a closer look at the other ingredients. 

L-theanine is associated with relaxation, focus and sleep. 

It's a key compound in green tea. Paired with caffeine, it takes away the caffeine jitters and provides a calm focus. 

At night it can help you relax and sleep better. It has been shown to boost GABA and reduce excitatory neurotransmitters.

Here's an article describing some of the studies showing these effects. 

White Peony

 White peony is one of the oldest remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for everything from reducing anxiety to helping with sleep, anxiety, depression, and autoimmune issues. 

Y-Oryzanol

This is a compound from rice bran oil.

There really isn't a ton of studies on this compound yet. It has been used for anxiety and also building lean muscle. Some people use it to boost mental performance and athletic performance. Because not a ton of research has been performed, there isn't a lot of scientific data backing this up, but data from people who use it agree that it is effective. 

 Uridine

Uridine is a naturally occurring nucleic acid that plays a key role in many different neuroregulatory processes. It is believed to support short and long term memory, learning, attention, and executive function.

Mechanisms:

  • Uridine plays a key role in phospholipid synthesis, critical for cell membrane integrity
  • Acts as a novel endogenous neurotransmitter via purinergic receptors
  • Neuroprotective via its interaction with NGF and other integrins and growth factors
  • Supports synaptogenesis and neuroplasticity through increasing cerebral phosphatidylcholine levels needed to create dendrite membranes
  • Elevates dopamine without downregulation
  • Building block of RNA
  • Involved in long term potentiation which mediates memory and learning
  • Found in high amounts in human breast milk
  • Synergistic with choline donors, DHA, and other phospholipids


More Info:

 Ashwagandha

Personally, I love this compound. On days when I'm stressed, I'll take 4 tablets of Ashwagandha before bed. 

It's an adaptogenic herb and helps your body de-stress if its stressed or gain more energy if you need more energy. 

This herb has been in use for over 3,000 years and is well used in ayurved. 

It has been shown to reduce blood sugar, may have anti-cancer properties, may reduce cortisol and anxiety, increase testosterone in men and fertility in women, and increase lean muscle gain. 

Here Are The Other Ingredients

Qualia Night ingredients

I'm Using this for the Next Month 

 Neurohacker holds Beta tests to determine how effective their formulas are. They tweak the formulas based on the tests. I was not part of the SLEEP beta test, and so now that it's launched Ill be trying out for a month. 

My sleep if pretty dialed in and I'm aware of any changes. I also will track via my Oura ring and see how it affects my deep sleep and REM sleep. 

Get Your Own Qualia Sleep RIGHT HERE for a HUGE discount using code PRIMALMIND and also choosing they cancel anytime subscription. 

My Results

Stay tuned as I update this each week and compare against my previous sleep without Qualia Night