Wake up without an Alarm Clock!

If You Want Better Sleep, Keep it D.A.R.K. an Introduction to Our Sleep System.

How would you like the freedom to wake up without an alarm clock!  

FREEDOM!

Can freedom come simply from breaking away from the alarm clock?

I’ve had a very special hatred for my alarm clock for years. Hate is a strong word, but honestly, the alarm clock is a tie to a modern system of control in my mind. Many of us work for a system that makes a ton of money off our labor and hard work and pays us only a fraction of our true value while those at the top create wealth by investing money without needing to use their time for labor. We can go into this in so much depth but basically I felt like a wage slave or a modern day share cropper.  While we did away with overt slavery, we never really got rid of the system, we just made it harder to detect via monetary policy, loans, and new systems of control.  The alarm clock is something I associate with this system sucking up  my time here on earth.

I made it my goal to never use an alarm clock again unless I wanted to wake up for a special event based on my OWN choice. Most days I wanted to wake up without an alarm.

I haven’t used an alarm to wake up for over 7 years. Ok, I’ll use an alarm if I have a pre 6am departure to the airport or if I’m in a totally new time zone with an important presentation in the morning. Otherwise, never. That’s real freedom to me.

I did it by combining four sleep hacking techniques that totally changed my quality of sleep and allowed me to wake up refreshed every morning. I wake up right when I want to by setting my intention to wake up at a certain time. Combined with getting true deep sleep at night, this works like a charm.

 There are four IMPORTANT ways you can ensure you get high-quality sleep and wake up refreshed and maybe someday, maybe someday soon, do away with your alarm.

Welcome to our 4 part D.A.R.K. system for sleep

  • Delete all Devices – remove devices and sources of EMF from your bedroom
  • Absolute darkness – black is best
  • Reduce Blue- eliminate blue light exposure
  • Keep it kool- cool but not cold means better sleep

Wake up without a blaring alarm in your ear and remove a layer of control from your life.

Delete All Devices (D.A.R.K Part I)

The first way to ensure you get to sleep and get high-quality sleep is to keep your bedroom free of all devices.

This means cellphones, tablets, laptops and TVs.

The bedroom is for two things. Sleeping is one of them.

Devices distract you, keep you awake, stress you, and control your behavior in more ways than you can imagine.

Make your bedroom a device free zone. You can read books in there, real paper books, and that’s it.

If your phone is your alarm, put it in airplane mode you enter your bedroom and DO NOT take it out of airplane mode till you exit your bedroom.

You phone is NOT the first thing you will check in the morning except to turn off your alarm, which you won’t be using for much longer anyway!

Soon your phone will become a paperweight in your bedroom, wrapped in an EMF blocking pouch and there just for emergencies.

Our bedroom has a red light (discount code SLEEP), books piled on night stands, and an EMF blocking canopy from Shielded Healing. We keep just one phone in the bedroom, on airplane mode, in an EMF blocking cellphone pouch. This is for emergencies. Should we need a phone at night, it’s there. We no longer look at our phones when we enter the bedroom. We do not bring our laptops in there. It’s a tech free zone.

Devices ruin sleep, period. Get them out of the bedroom, now.

Absolute Darkness (D.A.R.K Part II)

  When we say keep your bedroom dark, we don’t mean too dark to read a book. We mean too dark to see your hand in front of your face.

Trust me, that’s how dark your bedroom should be. After getting used to it, you’ll find that sleeping in total darkness is immensely helpful.

This is what walking outside at night may have looked like for most of human history: 

This is what it looks like today:

Even your bedroom is not dark enough.

All those little blinky and glowing LED lights turned on all over the place, including the Smoke Detector and the charging light on the Macbook can impact your sleep.  

 

A 2013 study published in the journal of Biological Rhythms showed that even 5 Lux of dim light at night, about the same as in a typical bedroom (with the lights turned out), but 5 times more than moonlight can disturb sleep.

In fact, another recent study showed that women with dim lighting about the intensity of a nightlight in their bedrooms during sleep gained more weight than women with no lights in their bedroom.

Get those lights out of there!  

If you can’t remove them from the room completely then use this amazingly technical secret Biohacker trick:

Turn your phone over and place it face down on your nightstand so the light is not entering the room, then grab some black electrical tape (though I’ve been known to use blue too) and tape over the glowing lights  that appear in your room (smoke detector light, etc). You’d be surprised how much light all those little LEDs give off.

Next, draw your curtains. Ideally put in blackout curtains. Get rid of all that light pollution from streetlights, headlights, the Jimmy John Neon sign blaring in the window all night making it light enough after sunset to read a book with not lights on in the apartment (There’s an AirBNB I stayed in once that has a bedroom where the wall doesn’t go all the way up to the ceiling and the front facing window, the one facing Jimmy John’s, doesn’t have shades at the top of the window. I will never sleep there again!!).

You can also put a towel up against the bottom of your door if someone is awake and light is leaking through the bottom of your door. Just roll up a towel and place it against the bottom of the door where the gap is letting in light.

Here’s a recent picture of my hotel room in Michigan with all the lights turned off. It’s still SOOOO bright in here!

See that light coming in under the door, from the microwave, this is isn’t even showing the alarm clock, because I unplugged it.

Here’s another picture of a hotel room in California.

 

ANNNND the curtains NEVER block out all the light. This is at 9pm in the winter, it’s supposed to be DARK, but it looks like the middle of the day out there and it’s shining into my room and messing with my biology.

 

Here’s my room after I used electrical tape and put a rolled up bath towel in front of the door. I also took the coat hanger from the closet, the one with the clips on it to hold pants, and I clipped the curtains closed.

What? You can’t see anything? Exactly. 

You can see I missed the eye hole in the door. I took care of that with tape later on but wanted you to know this was the same California hotel room I showed a picture of earlier, totally light hacked.

Check out this video on how to black out your own hotel room showing you step by step how to do it, you can use the exact same tricks in your bedroom at home.

These steps will set you on the path to an alarm free life.

Don’t think that just because you CAN fall asleep with lights on that you are fine. Lights destroy your production of melatonin and this will have a biological cost to you. Never underestimate the power of light!

Reduce All Blue (D.A.R.K Part III)

Reduce all exposure to BLUE light!

Chronic exposure to blue light is one of the most overlooked health hazards in our modern life.

68% of Americans report not getting enough sleep during the week.

Blue Light from artificial indoor lighting and devices is going to be one of the main causes and is the next health danger of this decade!

Sitting is not the new smoking, it’s blue light!

We call blue light processed junk light. Because it’s been designed for visual benefit but not designed for health or biological compatibility.

Some experts think the change to LED and CFL in our homes and offices will cause an entire generation of blindness. It's not just harming us, it's harming the next generation as well!  

 We spend over 90% of our time indoors. As we strive for energy efficiency and begin to outlaw halogen and incandescent lighting, we are moving toward LED and CFL lights as our sole source of lighting.

Processed light from LED and CFL along with computer and phone screens have a large spike of blue frequency light as compared to other lighting sources such as incandescent, sunlight, and firelight.

Because we spend so much time indoors we're exposed more than ever to just this narrow band of blue frequency light without other frequencies we’d experience under natural sunlight.

 

Exposure to Blue Light like that energy efficient LED light you just installed, your iPad, phone, TV, or your beloved Netflix:

  • Causes the brain to stop producing melatonin in 99% of adults, making it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Doubles our chances for poor sleep making us tired in the morning.
  • Even if you “fall asleep” while watching TV, your brain doesn’t produce melatonin for 90 extra minutes, causing you to get the equivalent rest of only 6 hours per night!
  • Disrupts circadian rhythm and is associated with everything from cancer to heart diseases to obesity.

Damn. After learning all this, I had to go back and take out those expensive LED recessed lights and put the halogens back in. Health is worth more to me than saving some money.

Remember, I want you to wake up every single morning FREE of any alarms.


You really have two choices here and I fully support both of them.

  1. You can live in the woods, away from any light pollution and literally shut off your power at night. I really do know people who do this. They turn off the power to the entire house. Then use candles to read books.
  2. Or, you can continue to live in the modern world and find a way to block all that blue light.

The #1 best way to do this is just to put on a pair of blue light blocking glasses. There are many brands available now that this information is becoming more well known.  

We’re partial to our own brand because they are affordable and they work, plus you look really good wearing them.

By wearing blue blocking glasses at night you can:

  • Still watch TV and not ruin your sleep.
  • Work long into the night on your computer, no problem!
  • Not have to replace those energy and life-sapping LED lights you (ahem..I) just installed.
  • Live in this wonderful modern 24/7 world, without messing up your sleep!

Most people try to fix their sleep by spending $3,000 on a bed ($20,000 if you want a top of the line Samina bed), however that is such a small part of the equation. It’s what you do BEFORE bed that counts.

Blueblocking sunglasses will block blue light before you sleep for only $49….which is only 2.1% the cost of buying a new bed.

You can buy a pair here today –> RIGHT HERE  

The absolute most affordable pair are these Uvex off of Amazon, but you won’t find me going out to dinner wearing them. They do block blue light, so get them for home.

Yup, sexy, I know.

Pick the pair that you feel is best, but GET A PAIR of blue blocking glasses to block the dangerous blue blocking light at night and save your health and your sleep.

Keep it Kool (D.A.R.K Part IV)

Have you ever taken a warm bath or shower before bed?

It feels so good to get under the covers when everything is just all warmed up. Especially in the winter.

Sometimes, you might even curl up in some warm pajamas under a nice heavy blanket.

What if I told you that the shower and pajamas could be affecting your sleep and making it harder for you to function the next day?

Sorry, pajama lovers.

  • Keep it Kool - keep your sleeping environment cool

Today we’re talking about the Kool part….which means keeping your environment cool.

Our bodies naturally drop in temperature before sleep and keeping your room cool will help that process and make it easier to fall asleep.

The body’s circadian rhythm causes our core temperature to drop to it’s lowest point at night during sleep. Sleep is more likely to occur when the body is cooler than warmer. It’s true, the temperature of your sleeping environment impacts the quality of your sleep. There is a specific temperature range that has been shown ideal for the highest quality sleep. 

So what’s the ideal temperature range for sleep?

60-67 Fahrenheit.

What can you do?

1. Set your thermostat to lower the temperature at bedtime to 60-67 degrees. Personally, I found that 64 degrees in the winter is as low as my wife will let me go.
2. Sleep Naked - this article discusses why sleeping naked is better for you and might just lead to more sex too :). What do you think, did men do all the research for this article?
3. Wear socks. Wearing socks can help your body stay at an ideal temperature while feeling warmer, since the rest of you is naked, of course.
4. If you shower or bathe before bed, turn the water to cold for a minute before getting out. That seems like a lot to ask, but it really, really works. If that’s a stretch for you, cool off after stepping out of the bath by stepping outdoors before you dry (especially awesome in the cold of winter). If even that isn’t going to happen then letting your body cool down significantly before you get dressed or get into bed will help.
5. Get a Chili Pad. If your partner wants the bed, and room, hotter than you like, here’s a great tool you can put under your sheet to keep you cool while you sleep. You can set the temperature of that pad, cooler or warmer depending on what you need without changing the room temperature. Tim Ferriss swears by it.
6. Get a box fan. Any fan will do, but I love old school box fans. The white noise cancels out nighttime noises of your house or apartment and the breeze keeps your room and body cooler. I use mine all year round, but in the summer they are especially nice.
7. Cotton sheets are best. Cotton is lightweight and breathable.
8. Sleep in the basement. As long as your basement is clean and free of mold, it’s usually cooler than any other part of your home. I have a bedroom in my basement that gets lots of use. It stays about 60 degrees, and feels cold at first, but I always sleep like a baby down there.
9. When I travel, I can’t always set the hotel thermostat to cool. In that case I usually just set the temperature to 65, knowing it won’t cool because the adjacent rooms are keeping it too warm. I then open a window, even in the winter. The fresh air is wonderful and the heat kicks on if it cools below 65.

 

Summary

Go D.A.R.K.

  • Delete all Devices – remove devices and sources of EMF from your bedroom
  • Absolute darkness – black is best
  • Reduce Blue- eliminate blue light exposure
  • Keep it kool- cool but not cold means better sleep

Resources

Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Night

Daytime Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Replace your LED and CFL Lights with THESE

Advanced – Use THESE red lights at night

Natural – use Candles and Lamps at night

Iris software to remove blue light from screens

EMF protective cellphone pouch

Airtube earbuds

Red nightlight for kids

Other articles:

Buying a Home for 5G

A cell tower for every 8 homes! 

500,000 more cell towers needed to connect 5G in the US. There’s only 300,000 out there today! 

The internet of things spying on you from every device in your home.  

The 5G power density is so high because it can’t travel as far as 4G and needs to be cranked up.  

How do you Mitigate the EMF in a 5G world? 

Remember with 5G, these are directed beam wave energy. Get a faraday cage pouch for your phone so it's not calling for signal when you don't want it!

One way is to buy a house that will minimize your exposure to 5G. 

Here’s what to look for. 

 

How to Search for a place to live When 5G hits 

5G frequencies are different from 4G, 4G LTE and 4G LTE advanced.  

5G is higher in frequency and the wavelengths are shorter meaning they are more powerful.  

They also don’t travel as far as 4G.  

5G is more easily blocked than 4G, unless of course you have a 5G enabled device in your home calling for 5G frequencies.  

Because 5G won’t travel as far, the antennas are going to be (many already are) placed at street and human level to allow them to enter homes. While 4G can enter homes from the walls and roof, 5G is largely blocked by these things.  

Keep in mind that when 5G is turned on, 4G isn’t going away and will be flooding the world in addition to the 5G.  

When looking for a house, you want to ensure to choose something that will block both 4G and 5G! 

Hire Building biologist 

Building Biologists are trained to identify EMF hazards around your home, or your future home. Hiring a building biologist is the best way to buy a home that will be as free as possible from EMF. 

If you have the money, typically $1200 or more for a visit, a building biologist has tools to measure exactly what your unique 5G issue is. They have tens of thousands of dollars of meters that measure the exact frequencies, wavelengths, and hotspots in your house.  

In addition, they can recommend the best mitigation strategies for your unique situation.  

We hired Brian Hoyer from Shielded Healing, discount code sleep for $100 off your assessment. 

Buy a fortress 

Metal and earth block 5G. If you can find a home that’s sided in metal with a metal roof, you will have gone a long way to stop 5G and 4G from entering your home. If you can find a rammed earth home or a home that’s partially underground, or even a home where the bedrooms are in the basement, these all will protect you and your family from much of these frequencies.  

Move to the country (till 5G comes form above, quote about every square inch of planet) 

Cities have a high density of people. Everyone has their phone on, their WIFI routers on all the time, their Smart TVs, their self driving cars and more...  

To serve all these people, cities have to install more antennas and towers emitting 5G and 4G. This is because each antenna can only handle so many incoming and outgoing communications, usually 4 at most. So an apartment building with 1000 people will need a hundred antennas per se.  

When you buy a home in the country, there are fewer people per mile and therefor fewer antennas and WIFI and cellphone leakage from neighbors. In some places you will not even receive cellphone coverage. That’s an ideal area if you ask me.  

Find a home in the country that gets little to no cellphone reception and is far away from any neighbors. In addition, steer clear of overhead powerlines and sub stations.  

 

Pine trees 

Trees block EMF like that from 4G and 5G. Specifically, pine trees are said to block the most EMF.  

Find a home surrounded by pine trees.  

Build a cold plunge or cold pool or even hot tub 

Water acts as a natural farday cage. A faraday cage blocks EMF.  

Look for a home with a pool or hottub, or even a natural body of water.  

Get in this water often to let your body detox from the EMF bombardment it gets all day long.  

Bonus points for using cold water because this activates ancient pathways that can lead to healing and improved health.  

 

Take our EMF course! 

Tomorrow and I created a FREE EMF course. We could have charged actual dollars for this, but we didn’t. Take advantage of it now.  

The Earth Makes EMF and It's Good For You

 

Yes, it’s true, there is EMF that’s good for us, and it comes directly from the Earth and Sun.  

We all live indoors these days and we’re insulated from Nature.  

We don’t get out in the sun, and many doctors today will tell you the sun is toxic.  

Manmade EMF like Wi-Fi, cellphone radiation and Bluetooth causes inflammation and can lead to health problems.  

We rarely if ever touch our feet to the earth and instead insulate ourselves from the ground by wearing rubberized soles in our shoes. 

By doing this, we miss out on the beneficial EMF that heals us and restores our vitality.  

We call this nature’s EMF.  

Anything created by man, that our bodies haven’t been designed to deal with we call Non-Native EMF (nn-EMF). And these are the fields that largely harm our biology.  

Nature’s EMF is used by our bodies to heal, sync us to the Earth and Nature, and even helps us sleep. 

 

Daytime Electric Field..Thanks Sun  

During the day the sun shines on the Earth. There is an electric field produced on Earth wherever there is daylight. This field is energizing and create by photons entering the atmosphere.  

In addition, the Earth receives thousands of lightning strikes every second. These strikes drive electrons into the earth and also create the Schumann Resonance.  

Our bodies can use the electrons in the Earth and are also attuned to the Schumann Resonance. Science is still learning how this works and what effect it has on us, but we know that when humans travel to space and leave these fields, their bodies break down.  

The Russian’s recreate a Schumann Resonant frequency in space to keep the cosmonauts healthier.  

 

Nighttime Magenetic Field..Thanks Earth  

 

At night, without photons bombarding the atmosphere, the Earth’s Magnetic Field is more prominent. Our opinion is that this magnetic field is healing and we take advantage of it in our sleep to heal our bodies.  

If we sleep above ground level, like in 3rd or 10th floor apartments, or even just in a 2nd floor bedroom, we are quite far away from the proper Earth fields we should experience and rather bombarded by manmade fields from cell towers and Wi-Fi and electrical currents in the walls.  

If you want to take advantage of the healing magnetic field, sleep as close to the ground as possible.  Sleeping in a basement bedroom both allows you to be close to the Earth's magnetic field and minimizes or eliminates the manmade EMF fields.  

 

Grounding 

Remember all those lightning strikes hitting the Earth every second? This embeds electrons into the Earth, which is why the Earth is the largest source of negative energy and why we “ground” electrical things into the Earth. You can stand barefoot on the Earth and allow positive charge in your body, known as inflammation, to drain out into the ground. How amazing is our Earth?  You’ll want to be barefoot to do this and stand on a conductive surface like grass, dirt, rocks, cement, concrete. If you stand on a wood deck, asphalt or plastic you will not be grounded. You also cannot ground through your shoes or through nylon or polyester socks, those are plastic. Get some wool or cotton socks or go barefoot.  

 

Schumann Resonance 

Those lightning strikes hitting the ground create a band of frequency close to the surface of the Earth.  

The collective lightning strike frequency is known as the Schumann Resonance. Humans and animals, probably plants too, are tuned to this frequency. Cosmonauts in Russia recreate this frequency in their spacecraft to keep healthy.  

The Schumann Resonance averages to 7.83Hz. This is exactly the alpha brain wave humans attain when in meditation. It’s probably important to tune into this.  

When you sleep or live further from the surface of the Earth, like in an apartment or 2nd floor bedroom, you are more removed from this resonance. 

 

Sunlight is Information 

When we talk about nature's frequencies, the majority of those come from the Sun.  

Sunlight, both visible and invisible, is information to the body.  

Ignore this information – by wearing sunscreen, clothes, and living indoors – and you will be worse off for it.  

Obviously get safe sun exposure. This means building a solar callus and slowly working to get more sun.  

Getting sun on your naked sun is pure information to the body. This sets your circadian rhythm, tells your body what time of day it is and what time of year. This information can be used to make vitamin D and more.  

When we hide from the sun, we completely miss out on this quantum information.  

Studies actually show that people that get the most sun die less often.  

Sun has both visible light and invisible light. We know there is invisible light, like ultraviolet and infrared. I would argue that there are more invisible wavelengths that we even know about. Science isn’t all knowing. I would also guess that these invisible wavelengths we don’t know about are extremely important to health.  

Bottom line is get outside.  

 

When is the Best Time to Get Earth Based EMF?  

If you want to take advantage of all this good juju the earth and Sun provide, then you need to do a few key things.  

The best times are dawn and dusk. However, any time you can get outside is a win. 

 

Get Outside First Thing in the Morning 

At sunrise your body will read the light and set your circadian rhythm for the day. This is extremely important.  

Also, dawn sun has no UV in it. Your body has receptors for UV and it will know there’s none, so be prompted to correctly set your circadian rhythm.  

When we stay inside and look at our phone, the body is tricked, through the blue light of the phone, into thinking it’s later in the day and then mismatches your rhythm to the actual time.  

 

Where BlueBlockers 

We can’t stress this enough. Get those BLUEBLOCKERS on.  

These are to be worn whenever the sun is not in the sky (After sunset and before sunrise).  

Blue light frequencies mess up your rhythm and are associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity when you see blue light at night.  

At night during sleep  

Lights out, connect to the earth by sleeping as close to the ground as possible. Turn off the breakers to your bedroom or better yet the whole house, or better yet, just sleep outside.  

You could also use a grounding sheet from Earthing Company. We use a King size grounding sheet under our bottom sheet to stay grounded all night.  

Magnetico mattress pad can help create a static magnetic field around you mimicking the earths field from centuries ago and possibly protecting you from the cell tower down the road.  

WiFi off at night and cell on airplane mode and into a farday cage pouch so it’s not tracking you and you guarantee no one can turn it on at night and radiate you with the wrong signals. Yup, I do think some companies turn on cell phones for brief milliseconds even when in airplane to download a bit of data on you.. don’t take the risk. 

 

Faraday Cage Bedroom  

We highly recommend sleeping inside a faraday cage. This is material that blocks manmade nnEMF like that from your WiFI, celltowers and your daughters cellphone that’s on all night. To create a primal environment while you sleep, think about investing in a faraday cage for your bed. We use one from Brian Hoyer at Shielded Healing.  

 

 

First thing in the morning when we wake, we get on our blueblockers to avoid signaling our body with the wrong messages.  

Get outside first thing to expose yourself to the electric field and the sun.  

Preferably barefoot on the earth so you can take advantage of the photoelectric effect and absorbing more electrons from the earth while dumping positive charge (inflammation).  

I understand it’s winter in northern climates and this is difficult to be barefoot, and that’s why we’ve sourced these grounding heel straps you can attach to any boot or shoe and be grounded without be barefoot.  They just slip on and off in seconds so you just put them on when you want to ground.  

 

Conclusion 

Get outside as often as possible and remove as many non-native sources of EMF as you can during the day and especially at night.  

Where blueblockers at night.  

 

 

Do you want to learn more about the EMF that comes into your home 

Do you want to learn more about grounding and “earthing” 

Do you want to learn more about EMFs from you cell phone, WiFi, and Bluetooth?  

Do you want to learn more about sunlight and the benefits?  

Best Nightlight for Kids

 

The right type of light at night for your kids is more important than you realize.  

Kids are far more affected by the wrong type of light at night than adults.  

While it’s true that most kids are more resilient than adults, when it comes to light this isn’t the case.  

Using the wrong light at night for your kids can lead to sleep issues and degenerative eye problems.  

Children may be terrified of the dark, but we have fund this is largely because adults light up their rooms at night starting from the time they are babies. Personally, our kids have slept in dark since they were less than a year old and they need to light to go to sleep.  

If you aren’t this lucky and your kids need light to sleep, or you want to light up their hallway or bathroom to ensure safe passage at night, then having the right type of light is critical.  

 What’s Wrong with Light?  

At night, lights harm our melatonin and circadian rhythm. This means kids don’t sleep as well at night if they experience light after sunset.  

In addition to sleep disturbances, light at night has been shown to negatively affect mood the next day.  

Humans have receptors in their eyes for blue frequencies of light. Since most all lightbulbs, phones, TVs, and computers, and night lights contain blue light, we stimulate the receptors in our eyes each night. When this happens, our bodies think it’s daytime. Cortisol, the stress hormone is increased while melatonin, the hormone of darkness, is suppressed. This is a bad combination at night. In adults this light at night is associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.  

Simply put, seeing light at night, and especially sleeping with lights on in our rooms leads to negative health consequences.  
 
Considerations when choosing night lights 

So, you have decided that your kids can’t sleep without some kind of light, or perhaps you just want a light in the bathroom.  

You want to avoid lights that give off blue light. That doesn’t mean you can just buy any bulb that doesn’t look blue.  

Every light you can buy at your local hardware store has blue light in it. LED and CFL lights have more blue than incandescent lights, even if the light coming out of them looks warm or more yellow.  

We took spectrometer readings of many lights and have not found a conventional light that is free of blue anywhere.  

Remember, the blue in light bulbs, including dim light can lead to circadian rhythm disruptions and possible health concerns.  

You want to find a night light that provides just enough light but not too much. In addition, it needs to be free of blue, and preferably green light. These are the two wavelengths studied and shown to impact circadian rhythm.  

Believe it or not there are pure red lights you can buy.  

These red lights have no blue or green and are just pure red light that has been proven not to destroy melatonin at night. 

Portability 

If you want a light at night that can be moved from place to place or even one used to read books at night, look no further than those from Gembared.com (Discount code SLEEP for 10% off).  

Gembared makes reading lights and portable red light therapy lights. While I wouldn’t use one of their lights as a “nightlight” because they are too bright and used for red light therapy, I would use that same therapy light as my lighting at night and I actually do. A nightlight is something I would use in a hallway for dim light at night, or you could use in your child’s bedroom. While a light is something to light up a room like your living room, kitchen, or dining room.  So while we don’t use nightlights here, we do use Gembared lights to light up our hone after dark in our bedroom and living room.  

For reading at night, they make two portable reading lights that are pure red lights. We use these at night to read and bring then with us when we travel. Our kids use these to read books at night and to navigate their bedrooms.  

In addition, Amazon stocks a pure red plug in night light here that we used to use in our hallway. Now we just use the Gembared Rave light strip (discount code sleep) for our hallway lighting. You can see that in the newspaper article we were featured in here, just look for the photos.  

Brightness  

If you want something with more ambience and slightly less red, you can put a Himalayan salt rock lamp in your child’s room. While this is not as ideal as pure red, since it will still give off some, but not much, blue light, it’s far superior to conventional lights.  

 

Night lights we recommend  

The best of the best 

Gembared Crane and Calm (discount code SLEEP) 

Gembared Rex 

Sunlite Red Bulb 

Decent 

Amazon red night light 

OK 

Himalayan salt rock lamp 

 

Why You're Using Your Cellphone All Wrong

I bet You Don’t know How to Use a Cellphone 

Safely that is.  

Your cellphone is a microwave emitting device.  

Ever stuck your head in a microwave?  

No?  

Seems like a bad idea, right?  

Yet you have no problem holding  your cellphone to your head for hours every single day.  

Some of your even sleep with your cellphone under you pillow.  

Take a look at the safety sticker that’s on your microwave. I don’t have one, but I went to the neighbors and looked at it.  

Now, go and look at the sticker on the back of your WIFI router.  

You will now have a better sense of perspective.  

The frequency emitted by your microwave and by your wifi router are the EXACT same frequencies.  

So, if you don’t want to stick your head in your microwave, and your cellphone and wifi router emit the exact same frequency, what gives?  

Truth  

The truth is that microwave radiation and its effects on human biology has been well studied. In over 5,500 peer reviewed, published papers the truth is laid our in black and white.  

Microwave radiation, like that given off by cellphones affects learning, sleep, mood, behavior, and health.  

Modern humans are bombarded with an astounding 1 quintillion more microwaves today than ever before in human history.  

When you carry a cellphone in your pocket, you are exposing yourself non-stop to the frequency associated with that cellphone.  

Every cellphone or cellphone provider uses a slightly different signal. 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G all use different frequencies to connect.  

Because the frequencies are all different and each frequency has a slightly different effect and each human has more or less susceptibility to any particular frequency, it is hard to nail down that cellphones are negatively affecting us because each human, carrying a different frequency around will have a different effect from that.  

One person may have an issue with their eyes while another gets cancer. These frequencies affect us differently. One thing that is not in question based on centuries of research is that wireless radiation absolutely affects biology.  

Safe Use Instructions  

Oddly, your cellphone doesn’t come with safe use instructions. HOWEVER, it does tell you right in the safety/regulatory manual that touching your cellphone while it’s turned on violates the safety requirements.  

Read that again!  

Touching your cellphone while in use specifically stated to be avoided for safe use.  

I bet none of your has read that part of your cellphone manual.  

So… if you can’t touch your cellphone while it’s turned on, what do you do?  

 

Wireless radiation affects can be mitigated with 3 key strategies. Follow these and you will minimize your exposure to harmful man-made EMF.  

 

Time 

The less time you are exposed to microwaves, the better.  

Use your phone, WIFI, and Bluetooth for as little time as possible.  

Spend as little time in high EMF environments. These are places like coffee shops and even your office where high powered WIFI is pumped out for everyone to use.  

When I’m at corporate headquarters bathed in junk light and wifi, I make sure to spend as little time inside as possible. If I can work, meet, and take my lunch outside, I will.  

 

Distance 

Wireless radiation diminishing quickly with distance.  

There is a law called the inverse square law that is applied to wireless radiation. This means that for every 1X increase in distance from the source there is a 10X drop in the intensity of the radiation.  

Position yourself as far as possible away from a microwave radiation source. Even a few inches can make a huge difference.  

If you can’t turn off a wireless source of radiation, move as far away from it as possible.  

When a friend of mine measured the WIFI radiation in her son’s high school she found that just moving desks from under the WIFI router that was installed on the ceiling to a desk 5 seats away dropped the radiation levels by more than 10X.  

 

Blocking  

Obviously the best way to reduce wireless radiation is to turn it off. Most of us can’t do that completely. Though we do more than most people, which I’ll explain below.  

When you can’t turn off the wireless, you can block it.  

Microwave radiation can be blocked by metal.  

There are faraday cages you can put your wifi router into and it will significantly reduce the radiation. It will not block all the wifi or else your devices would not be able to connect to it. These are metallic cages with enough gaps in the metal screen to allow some of the wifi out but at significantly reduced signal power.  

You can buy a faraday cage (LINK) for your phone. These are metal lined pouches that block all radiation going to and coming from your phone. These are great if you have someone in your family sleeping with their phone or if you want to be absolutely protected from your phone.  

We keep our phones in the pouches while we sleep even when they are in airplane mode. We know that people have been measuring wireless radiation from their phones even when in airplane mode. This is likely due to software companies calling for private data about you to be sent to the cloud all the time as well as reveal your location. We do not consent to this and therefore keep our phones in pouches so they cannot connect to the cloud or spray us with radiation while we sleep.  

In addition, we take it a step further by surrounding our bed in a faraday cage. While we can turn off our wifi and cellphones at night, we cannot stop the cellphone tower from sending radiation into our bedroom while we sleep.  

Actually, we can stop it by surrounding our bed with metal mesh fabric. This blocks the radiation from our “sleep chamber”.  

Whenever we fly or travel, we always wear our Primalhacker EMF blocking hoodies. It’s impossible to get away from wireless when traveling and thus we do our best to reduce what we’re exposed to as much as possible.  LINK 

You can also mitigate some of the radiation given off by your laptop while on wifi by using one of these products from Harapad.  

Blocking wireless radiation is often our best choice these days when we cannot get away from it. 

 

Airplane Mode 

Your cellphone, tablet, and laptop all have airplane Mode.  

Use it! 

Whenever you are not downloading messages or making a phone call, turn your devices onto airplane mode.  

Don’t forget that when your laptop is connected to a LAN line, you need to enable airplane mode. Otherwise it’s still pinging wifi every once in a while for no reason.  

If you have your cellphone in your pocket, put it in airplane mode.  

This is why we have voicemail and texts.  

I modified my voicemail message to state that I do not listen to voicemail, honestly who has time for that.  

I ask callers to send me a text.  

When I pop my phone out of airplane mode and download data, I see the texts and call back whoever I need to. I am not on call 24/7.  

Airplane mode will disable your WIFI, cellphone, cell data, and Bluetooth.  

It will not disable the GPS. GPS is always on. You can convince yourself of this by using maps on your phone and then turning your phone to airplane mode. The maps will keep up just fine.  

Be careful though, because some people turn their phones to airplane mode and the wifi or Bluetooth is still on. Check to make sure these are actually turned off when your phone is in airplane mode.  

One phone hack is to only have the wireless on that you need. Instead of ALWAYS having Bluetooth, Cell Service, and WIFI on all the time, just turn on the one that you need.  

Each of these is a separate antenna microwaving you. Turn on only the antenna you actually need.  

 

Hardwire 

You can get rid of wireless at your home.  

We have “hardwired” our home. Here’s an article we wrote detailing how we did this without pulling wire through walls.  

HERE's OUR ARTICLE ON HARDWIRING 

Here is a video showing you how to disable the WIFI on your router.  

Go into your router settings and disable the WIFI.  

Get a LAN cable and connect all your devices to the wired cables. Your TV, video game console, cellphones, and laptops will all connect to a wired connection.  

The best part isn’t just that you’ll be protected from the wireless radiation but wired connections are faster than wireless.  

 

Stop being EMF’d.  Adopt some or all of the suggestions above to improve your health.  

 

A Blue Light Supplement to Protect the Eyes

If you've heard about the damage blue light can do to your eyes, then you'll be excited to learn there is a new product that was built to mitigate the blue light damage caused by our devices and LED home and office lighting. 

We're a Device Centric Culture

Wow, if we thought time spent indoors and on devices was increasing before, what just happened in 2020 was a showstopper. We spent all of 2020 mostly indoors and more connected to a device than ever before. Well, those of you out there that didn't take advantage of the empty parks and woods to get out constantly :)

In general people spend over 95% of their time indoors. Between cars, work, gym, store, and home we're larger indoors under junk lighting and connected to devices. 

What's the Downside?

Now, being on devices a lot means our eyes take a beating. We're looking at screens that are close to our eyes, which is stressful to the eye. Looking further away is relaxing to the eye. 

In addition, the high intensity blue light can be harmful to the eye. Without the red and infrared light (which is present along with blue from the sun) we don't receive the antidote to the blue.  most indoor lighting and device lighting is free of infrared and has little red compared to blue light. 

This blue light from devices can cause free radicals to be developed in the eye. Over time, scientists and doctors believe this can cause macular degeneration. 

What Can You Do? 

Wear blue light blocking glasses. Blue light blocking glasses, like those found here, have been shown to protect the eyes from blue light. 

Use Candles at night

Work outdoors

Try the ONLY supplement designed specifically to mitigate the damage to your eyes from blue light

Qualia Vision

 The folks at Neurohacker have done it again. Not only did they invent one of the very best, and the first ever, pre-built nootropic stack, and a longevity supplement, now they have invented a blue light supplement. 

We all know we should be outside ALL DAY. 

And wear blueblockers whenever the sun goes down. 

Most of us do not do this. 

Trust me, I know a lot of biohackers and I can count on one hand how many of them actually wear their blueblockers at night.  I wish more of your would just do that because it makes a HUGE difference. 

So, when you ignore my advice and work on a laptop indoors all day and don't wear your blueblockers at night, there's now a supplement built specifically to mitigate the damage the blue light is doing to your eyes. 

I've been using it for a month and I really like it. 

Way back in 1999 a friend of mine was working on a vision formula at a company in Boulder Colorado. He told me that the #1 ingredient to help vision was Bilberry. Guess what's in Qualia Vision? That's right...

Qualia Vision for blue light health

Qualia Vision Designed to:
  • Provide support for strained eyes
  • Protect eyes from blue light
  • Enhance visual performance
  • Support healthy vision
  • Lessen blue light impact on sleep
How it works:
  • Supports visual processing speed
  • Supports tear production
  • Supports retinal glutathione (GSH) levels*
  • Supports brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)*
  • Supports lens regeneration functions
*Qualia Vision supplies support for the entire visual system, providing plant-based pigments, vision super fruits & spices, and eye-essential vitamin and amino acid support 
What to Expect from Qualia Vision: 
  • Less eye strain
  • Reduced dry eyes
  • Less eye sensitivity 
  • Enhanced visual processing 
  • Enhanced light-sending abilities 
Notable Ingredients:
  • Lutemax® 2020
  • Mirtoselect® bilberry
  • Amla fruit

 Get a bottle to try it out for yourself for less than $20 and save money using discount code PRIMALMIND!

Vision wheel chart

 Here's What Each Ingredient is Formulated to do

  • Lutemax® 2020

Main Claim: Enhances visual performance and blue-light blocking

Lutemax® 2020 supplies the three antioxidant pigments—lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin—used by the macula to filter blue light and protect retina tissue.

  • MirtoSelect® Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Relieves eye fatigue and supports eye surface comfort 

MirtoSelect® bilberry is a vision superfruit that supports ocular blood flow, promotes recovery of eye muscles, comforts the eye surface, and provides relief from eye fatigue.

  • AstaPure® Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Extract (3% astaxanthin)

Main Claim: Supports eye muscle stamina and blue light resistance

AstaPure® is a natural source of astaxanthin, an eye antioxidant that supports eye muscle stamina & recovery, blood flow to the eyes, and defenses against blue light.

  • Saffron Stigma Extract

Main Claim: Supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, contains a variety of eye-healthy carotenoids, and supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function.

  • Goji (Lycium barbarum) Fruit Juice Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina health and photoreceptor function

Goji fruit is a Traditional Chinese Medicine eye tonic used to nourish the eyes and promote healthy vision that supports healthy retina and photoreceptor function.

  • Amla (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Supports lens health

Amla fruit is an Ayurvedic eye tonic that supports lens health and is believed to preserve eyesight, promote eye health, and relieve eye fatigue.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Root Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina and lens health

Ginger is a bioenhancer (it enhances the bioavailability of carotenoids) with antioxidant benefits that supports the healthy function of the retina and lens.

  • Taurine

Main Claim: Supports photoreceptor function

Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the retina, where it acts as an antioxidant and is essential for the function of the photoreceptor layer that captures light.

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Main Claim: Supports optic nerve function

Methylcobalamin (an active form of vitamin B12) is critical for the healthy function of the optic nerve that transfers information between the eye and brain.

 

There you have it.  I'm definitely excited about this product. I think this is the first and will be shown to be the best supplement in this market. Many others will follow now, but will they be any good? 

4 Specific Tips To Support Mitochondria And Cellular Health

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell”. 


It’s hard to overstate the importance of our mitochondria. Virtually every biochemical reaction and cellular process in the human body relies on them. Our energy levels, how we age, our exercise recovery times, and virtually any other category of health you can think of, have inexorable links to the health and abundance of our mitochondria. 


But advice on how to support mitochondrial function can be vague. “Diet”, “exercise” and “lifestyle” are obviously involved, but if you’re going to take mitochondrial function seriously, you need greater specifics.


These are specific recommendations for 4 major focuses of mitochondrial support: 


Specific Dietary Tip: Qualia Life + IF


You may already know the immense health benefits that come with intermittent fasting, and  its role in triggering biogenesis of new mitochondria. You also may know that limiting refined carbs (soda, white bread, pastries, etc.) is good for a host of health benefits including mitochondrial function. 


But you may not know that a 36-ingredient beast of a nutritional formula called Qualia Life is specifically designed to optimize mitochondrial function and cellular health. There’s nothing on the market that checks more nutritional boxes for mitochondrial support in one supplement than Qualia Life. 


I've taken Qualia Life for years and the difference it has made to my energy levels and personal training goals have been phenomenal. The company behind it, Neurohacker Collective, is well known for their premium nootropic products such as Qualia Mind, which I can't recommend enough for mental performance. I've gotten to know the Neurohacker team over the years and I was pumped when Qualia Life came out because Neurohacker specializes in very comprehensive formulas. Qualia Life contains NAD+ boosters, polyphenols, adaptogens, ergogenics, antioxidants, you name it. Neurohacker's calling card is how much you can nutritionally accomplish with one supplement. 

Qualia Life Bottle

 

Add coupon code PRIMALMIND at checkout and you’ll get an additional 15% off first purchase. 

 

Try Qualia Life by clicking here and take your mitochondrial nutrition to the highest level ever.

Specific Exercise Tip: High Intensity Interval Training

Sprinter on a track at sunrise

Needless to say, exercise is vital to mitochondrial production, and any exercise beats none, but if you want the biggest return on exercise training for mitochondrial health, I highly recommend high intensity interval training (often abbreviated as HIIT). A recent study in Cell Metabolism found that HIIT exercise in particular- such as 15 second sprint bursts or 30 second cycling bursts followed by brief recoveries- had the strongest correlations with mitochondrial production. Evidence also shows this is true for strength training exercises such as squat jumps and similar rapid burst exercises followed by brief recovery. 

 

Specific Therapeutic Tip: 30 Seconds Of Cold Shower 

cold shower handle

The benefits of heat and cold therapies for mitochondrial function- such as sauna, cryotherapy, and outdoor cold exposure- are vast. But for those of you lacking the time, money, or discomfort tolerance to follow through on hardcore cold/heat options, you still have no excuse according to a new finding. A recent study published by Plos One indicates that just 30 seconds of cold shower exposure can deliver significant benefits associated with mitochondrial support. So even if you hate cold therapy, just toughing out a mere 30 seconds at the end of your shower can deliver big benefits to mitochondrial function (and beyond). And don't forget that even walking outside for a few minutes in winter without a jacket is considered cold therapy!

 

Specific Lifestyle Tip: Ritualize Relaxation

Man sitting on top of mountain

After asking you to do high intensity exercises and cold therapies, this last tip is the gentlest of them all- relax! Stress hormones can negatively alter mitochondrial function, so any daily practice that prioritizes relaxation- from meditation to massage to nature immersion- is actually serving an important role in overall mitochondrial health. How you reach a relaxation state is less important than the fact that you do. Maintain that state for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day, taking it just as seriously as exercise, nutrition, or biohacking therapies. 

 

From nutrition, to exercise, to therapeutics, to lifestyle, those are 4 specific actions you can take today to address mitochondrial health in a comprehensive way.