Are you really resting? This week, Living Zoku is focussing on tips to help you sleep better.
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TUESDAY 23 APRIL 2019 | EDITION 11
Did you know that drinking caffeine before a short nap can improve the quality of your rest? The idea has become so popular that Nespresso opened its own nap cafe in Tokyo earlier this year. If you’re not in Japan this week, don’t worry — we have some alternative suggestions to help you achieve better sleep.
YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
I SPENT A YEAR SLEEPING HALF AS MANY HOURS AS I USED TO

I SPENT A YEAR SLEEPING HALF AS MANY HOURS AS I USED TO

10-minute read | Quartz

Most of us wish we could get more sleep, but there are some people who believe the trick to feeling better rested is actually to sleep not more, but less. Based on the experiences and experiments of a real person, this article explains some unconventional sleep patterns that could actually maximize the amount of REM sleep you get.

THE TRUTH ABOUT BLUE LIGHT

THE TRUTH ABOUT BLUE LIGHT

7-minute read | The Guardian

Different spectrums of color can have a big impact on our wakefulness and might even be responsible for causing certain diseases in humans. This article examines whether the blue light emitted from phones and computer screens really does disrupt your circadian rhythm, resulting in worse sleep. FYI, we don’t recommend sleeping in the Red Light District here in Amsterdam — the vibe is a lot better at Zoku.

10 BEHAVIORS THAT ALTER YOUR DREAMS

10 BEHAVIORS THAT ALTER YOUR DREAMS

5-minute read | Amerisleep

It feels like science has all the answers these days, but there’s a lot waiting to be discovered out there. In sleep, for example, scientists still don’t know why we enter a REM state, though they are beginning to understand how we can hack our dreams. Careful though, just like an iPhone, your brain might need a factory reset if things go a bit wonky...

MEET THE RESIDENT
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Irina Brouwer is the founder of byDesign - a unique coaching method for personal and organisational change based in Rotterdam. After a few years at Deloitte, she moved into consultancy and coaching, combining her previous work in education and business. She lived at Zoku on a regular basis for two years, whilst she worked between her home in South Africa and her European base in Amsterdam.

What path has your career taken?
I went from being an education rebel, to a corporate innovator and an entrepreneur - joining the two.
Which book have you gifted the most, and why?
Love Yourself and It Doesn’t Matter Who You Marry” by Eva-Maria Zurhorst - I've gifted this to all my girlfriends, because it’s true and important to find yourself in yourself and not in the eyes of your partner, your children, your friends or your work.

What does home mean to you?
Simply put, home is where the heart is at rest, the soul is singing and it smells like freshly made breakfast

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