One of the related problems is also that we tend to expect our brain to turn off almost immediately after we jump in bed, noted Ilya Mutovin, entrepreneur and biohacker, the author of a book on the topic, speaking at EMERGE 2021 Moscow hub together with Kseniya Sholina, New Product Development Director at Askona Life Group, and Maxim Kashulinsky, Publisher of Reminder Media that covers wellbeing. There are three phases that our brain usually goes through. One is when our brain is fully active, another is when it’s passive while we sleep, but there’s also another phrase, which we tend to forget, said Ilya Mutovin. It’s when our brain is awake but not fully active such as when we, for example, lie on a couch and daydream or read a book, or when we meditate. And it is OK when we cannot just jump from the first option to the second (this would be similar to fighting with fire). We need to go through the latter phase to prepare for a good sleep, stated Ilya Mutovin.
Remember what we used to do each night before going to sleep when we were kids, reminded Maxim Kashulinsky: "Children have got a daily before-bedtime-routine. Parents take their toys away, lead kids to the bathroom, then read books to them. But why not have such a routine when you’re a grown-up? It works the same way for adults".
This idea lies in the basement of the Loóna app that reinvents bedtime storytelling using meditative colourings. Mike Chernetsov, Loóna's CMO and one of the panellists that spoke to Dr Oexman and Parneet Pal at EMERGE 2021, said the app made a bet on the duet of human imagination and art, that, as the creators believe, together are powerful tools for handling stress. This makes the app a nice pre-bedtime practice. Repeating simple actions help you distract the mind, highlighted Mike Chernetsov.
But it’s not just what you do before going to sleep, but also what’s around you and your bed. Being Askona Life Group Advisor, Dr Robert Oexman helps the company, which is a large producer of beddings and a developer of sleep-related smart services, to create the right accessories for the bedroom. From pillows to ventilation, it all matters for your sleep quality.