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Want To Reset Your Brain’s Master Clock? These Scientists Think They Know How

Researchers from Vanderbilt University are shooting light-sensitive cells with lasers in the hopes of a better night’s sleep

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For anyone who’s suffered from lousy sleep cycles, a new study out of Vanderbilt University may contain some good news. A team of researchers have, for the first time, determined that the body’s sleep patterns can be manipulated and its internal clock regulated, on a neurological level. By doing so, the researchers believe they can trick the body into avoiding things like jet lag and even seasonal affective disorder.

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I have a routine I go through every night to calm my brain down before sleep. After I get under the covers, I commit to a chapter of whatever book I’m working on at the time. Then, once I’ve finished the chapter, I reward myself by screwing around on my phone for a few minutes, before peeling my eyes off the screen to tackle another chapter. This cycle of goes on for about 45 minutes before I inevitably realize I’m spending more and more time checking Twitter than I am making progress in my book. And so, finally, I go to sleep.

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Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel: Successful Entrepreneurs Have Lives

If you think that the best entrepreneurs work day and night, it's time to think again. For the sake of your startup, go to sleep.

When I moved to Silicon Valley, I was told it was the best time in my life to make a risky decision, work insane hours, and do something stupid like start a tech company. Among tech entrepreneurs, there is a strong bias toward the single lifestyle for the sake of focus and an obsession pride in working 80 hours a week. But the data suggests this bias makes companies worse, not better.

Last year, venture capitalists and the tech media began to debate whether there is an optimal age for an entrepreneur to start a company, similar to an athlete's prime before he begins to plateau (let's pretend Michael Jordan and Jason Kidd don't exist). The pundits proposed the mid-20s as the optimal age to start a company: At 25, entrepreneurs can give “everything to their company,” one pundit opined, suggesting that founders should not be “hamstrung” by families and non-business related commitments. Younger business owners can take as much risk as possible and work insane hours for the sake of the company, which most consider an unqualified good thing. But while this may feel true inside the Silicon Valley bubble, convincing evidence points toward the opposite conclusion.

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Sleep Better: Show Us Your Sleep Space #30DaysofGOOD

Send us a photo of your sleep space and tell us why you like it.


Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for May? Sleep better.

Like we said, a well-designed sleep environment is essential to a good night's rest. So, what's your sleep space like? Got a good mattress? Figured out any interesting hacks for keeping out sound and light? Send us a photo of your bedroom, along with a few words about what you like about it. Email your pics to projects@goodinc.com before Wednesday, May 23, and we'll feature our favorite photos in an album on Friday, May 25.

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Sleep Better: 4 Ways to Manipulate Your Melatonin Levels #30DaysofGOOD

Still can't get to sleep? Maybe it's time to start tweaking your brain chemistry.

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Sleep Better: Get on a (Regular) Schedule #30DaysofGOOD

If you're not feeling rested, it might be because your circadian rhythm is confused. Today's tip for better sleep: get on a schedule.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for May? Sleep better.

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