Introducing Björn Steinbrink
*Mic on* and let’s go! 🎙️
We sat down for a chat with one of our sleep experts, Björn Steinbrink.
Björn is a certified sleep coach who’s dedicated his life to helping people sleep better, and he works primarily with athletes and health professionals in Germany.
But he’s also the founder of the online sleep platform Fit For Sleep, a keynote speaker and presenter, and the author of Der Schlaf* Wahnsinn (The Sleep Madness), which takes a closer look at the modern sleep industry.
As one of the leading experts on sleep in Germany, he has a lot of priceless information to share.
But our own main topic of conversation was how we can all experience good sleep. 😴
So let’s get started.
Björn’s top tips for better sleep
Björn shared some of his top tips and tricks for better sleep.
How can you effectively improve sleep quality?
There are three things that can definitely help improve the quality of your sleep:
- Make sure your bed setup is ergonomically ideal (i.e. that it guarantees correct posture) to provide comfort and support.
- Address poor posture and muscle tightness, as these often lead to tension that negatively impacts sleep.
- Consider looking into sleep training, which can improve your sleep quality and even have positive effects on exercise and nutrition by increasing energy levels.
By taking these steps, you can enjoy better sleep and improve your overall health and well-being. 🧘♀️
Which relaxation techniques would you recommend?
Our evolutionary programming is quite different from the modern lifestyle we lead today.
We’re no longer living in our natural environment - but returning to living in caves is simply not an option.
That said, we can still access some of our primal drives and find ways to live more harmoniously. 👍
This can’t be achieved solely through meditation or other short-term remedies.
Instead, we must adopt a long-term approach and address the core issues.
This is where sleep training comes into play - it can help us learn new habits and establish a routine that’s conducive to better sleep.
What’s your ultimate tip for morning grouches?
Regular wake-up times (even on weekends), a daylight lamp in the bedroom, and never hitting the snooze button. ⏰
What tips would you give someone who has trouble falling asleep?
Having trouble falling asleep is already considered a sleep disorder, which can lead to short-term illness.
Björn says: “That’s why our sleep training programme, Fit For Sleep, focuses on how our daily routine impacts our sleep patterns.”
There are many habits we engage in throughout the day that can disrupt our ability to fall or stay asleep. 🤔
By identifying these habits and making positive changes, we can take steps towards getting better sleep and improving our overall health and well-being.
Björn’s thoughts on some hot sleep topics
We also asked Björn for his thoughts on some more controversial sleep topics.
What do you think of the “waking up at 4 am to increase productivity” mindset?
This is not a good practice and can actually make us sick.
We often have very little time for regeneration in our busy lives, and cutting into our sleep can be detrimental to our health.
In fact, sleep is the most important source of regeneration for our bodies.
Anyone who thinks they need to wake up at 4 am to be more productive may have a completely different set of problems that requires attention.
What’s your opinion on sleep apps and modern sleep gadgets?
Making a blanket statement on this topic is very difficult.
But one thing is clear: humans are naturally lazy and resistant to behaviour change, which is a crucial aspect of improving sleep quality. 🤷♂️
Many people turn to gadgets, thinking these can solve their sleep problems.
“This is comparable to buying the most expensive running shoes to run a marathon without proper training,” says Björn.
These gadgets can support and monitor, but one still needs to put in the work. 🗒️
If you’re looking to change your sleep, your chances of success are significantly higher when working with a real human sleep coach than when relying solely on electronic devices with chips and colourful displays.