Episode 26 - Damn Early Mornings of Awesomeness

February 22, 2017

Welcome to Happiness Simplified, a weekly podcast about the simple things that can make your life awesome. In this episode, Dai and Kayvon talk about their sleeping and waking habits and how it affects their productivity. Whether you’re an early riser or have a set time of how many hours you need to sleep each night, whether you like it or not, these patterns do affect our productivity. Kayvon and Dai share tips and research regarding sleep cycles and how to get the most out of your sleep to boost your productivity. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:39 – Dai and Kayvon talk about what happened to them in January
  • 01:44 – Kayvon launched his business and is currently working on a 30-day productivity challenge
  • 03:12 – Today’s topic is about productivity and sleep
  • 03:47 – Dai is a productive person and an early riser
    • 04:09 – Dai has been an early riser for almost 22 years now
    • 04:20 – When he turned 18, Dai moved away from home to Vancouver
    • 05:00 – Dai realized while in college that he is a morning person
    • 06:12 – Dai’s sleeps for 6 hours
  • 06:50 – Dai has 2 uninterrupted hours every single morning
  • 07:33 – Dai is working on a book that includes him sharing about his sleeping and waking habits and how to find more time in your life
  • 08:07 – It is important take care of yourself
  • 08:35 – Dai is programmed to wake up early
  • 08:46 – Kayvon experimented with different amounts of sleep and found out that 6 hours works for him
  • 09:30 – Kayvon started getting up at the moment he wakes up and it has worked like magic
  • 11:00 – Dai has a routine after waking up that includes making coffee and checking his emails
  • 12:12 – Dai writes content every morning, including what he sends to his email subscribers the next day on Whole Life Fitness Manifesto
  • 12:50 – Dai then spends time with his family and continues to work in batches
  • 13:40 – Kayvon talks about focus time and how to have a rhythm for the day
  • 14:07 – For a lot of people, the morning is usually spent in content creation
  • 14:40 – Kayvon influenced Dai in certain aspects
  • 14:45 – Kayvon and Dai talk about the Sleepy Time
  • 15:15 – Kayvon discusses the different sleep cycles
    • 15:44 – On average, the normal human sleep cycle is 90 minutes
    • 16:17 – People need completed sleep cycles to have a good rest
    • 16:47 – An unfinished sleep cycle are the times when we suddenly wake up and leave us groggy
  • 18:22 – Kayvon uses Sleepy Time to compute what time he needs to sleep and wake up to have completed sleep cycles
  • 20:18 – Dai talks about the biological aspects of sleeping
  • 21:10 – There is a direct correlation between performance, stress, happiness, and the heart rate variability
  • 22:13 – Another feature of Sleepy Time is that it gives you the time you should wake up if you want to sleep at that moment
  • 22:44 – Sleepy Time can be used together with heart rate variability
  • 23:09 – Dai encourages everyone to rise early and get things done early in the day
  • 23:26 – “Eat the frog”
  • 25:11 – Connect with Dai Manuel
  • 25:21 – Connect with Kayvon K
  • 25:48 – Kayvon is born during the Year of the Rooster, and 2017 is his year!

3 Key Points:

  1. Having a sleep pattern can be beneficial for setting a rhythm for you and your work.
  2. Being an early riser has its perks, like having more uninterrupted hours.
  3. It is important to finish your much needed sleep cycles—which is around 90 minutes.
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