Chris Burres: Unveiling the Impact of Antioxidants on Sleep and Productivity | Work in Progress #40

In this episode, host Joahanna Wickramaratne is joined by Chris Burres, the owner and chief science officer of MyVitalC

The podcast provides practical advice and explores topics such as sleep schedules, creating a sleep sanctuary, mindful consumption, the power of antioxidants, exercise, power naps, intermittent fasting, and morning relaxation practices. The ultimate goal is to empower listeners to live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. 

Meet Chris Burres

Chris Burres is the owner and Chief Science Officer of MyVitalC. His experiences include mechanical engineering and involvement in the oil and gas exploits industry. The turning point for Chris came when he discovered that a chemical that had won a Nobel Prize and been tested by NASA had demonstrated the potential to double the lifespan of mammals nearly.

Motivated by this breakthrough, he made it his mission to transform ESS60 into a widely accessible product for everyday use. His ultimate goal is to contribute to longer, healthier, and pain-free lives for individuals, one dose at a time.

About the episode

Chris introduces himself as a scientist and entrepreneur who has been manufacturing a molecule called ESS60 (or carbon 60) since 1991 to improve people’s health. Through that business, he has been exposed to the science of health and well-being.

From his experience, he discussed lifestyle practices he found most helpful. Chris recommends exercising for 20-45 minutes most often, adopting intermittent fasting from Monday to Friday, and practicing morning meditation. 

He advises a practical approach to assessing the impact of various proposed anti-aging interventions. He recommends dedicating 45-60 days to each intervention and evaluating its effects. Chris also mentions the importance of prioritizing nutrition, exercise, and social connections to promote longevity.

Chris is also particularly invested in consistent good sleep for your overall well-being. Consider these key takeaways to enhance your sleep and supercharge your productivity. 

  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends, helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythms and promotes better sleep quality.
  • Create a sleep-friendly environment. Ensure your bedroom is cool, dark, and electronics-free at night. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with melatonin production and disrupt your sleep cycles.
  • Be mindful of your pre-sleep. Intake of caffeine, alcohol, and heavy meals. Limiting consumption of these substances close to bedtime can prevent sleep disruptions. Instead, prioritize winding down in the evenings and establish a relaxing routine before bed.
  • Use antioxidant supplements. Some individuals have reported enhanced mental focus, increased energy throughout the day, and improved sleep quality at night by taking antioxidant supplements like those found in MyVitalC. However, it’s always wise to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity is another powerful tool. Engaging in physical activity for 20-45 minutes most days of the week not only improves brain function but also releases endorphins that promote restorative sleep. Just remember to avoid exercising too close to bedtime, as it can make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Take short naps. If you need a boost during the day, consider taking short 15 to 20-minute power naps. They can help increase alertness and enhance productivity. But be cautious about taking longer naps, as they can disrupt your nighttime sleep patterns.
  • Intermittent fasting. This practice is gaining popularity, and for good reason. Condensing your eating window and avoiding late-night snacking improves sleep, focus, and metabolism. However, it’s important to approach intermittent fasting with caution and consider your individual needs and preferences.
  • Make room for relaxation practices in your morning routine. Starting the day with techniques like meditation can help reduce stress, lower cortisol levels, and positively impact sleep quality and productivity throughout the day.

In conclusion

Throughout the episode, you’ve learned the importance of maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, creating a sleep-friendly environment, and being mindful of your caffeine, alcohol, and meal intake close to bedtime. By implementing these, and all the other useful recommendations in the article, you can empower yourself to live a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

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