If there were a productivity capital of the world, California's Silicon Valley would be a top contender. Home to some of our nation's most prolific thought leaders, Silicon Valley now serves as the backdrop for nearly every tech Cinderella story. Unsurprisingly, those who live and work near the mecca of innovation know a thing or two about productivity—something they refer to as "biohacking."
"Bio-hacking is simple: understanding the way the systems of your body run and how certain things like food, water, exercise, and sleep affect these systems so that you can become the best version of yourself," explains The Coveteur. Something as simple as buying a standing desk, for example, could be considered biohacking. The fashion site recently spoke with these so-called "biohackers" about the ways in which they optimize their bodies to run as efficiently as possible. Below, read up on three unconventional methods they swear by to improve energy and focus.
Productivity Hack: Cold Thermogenesis
This is basically a fancy term for taking a freezing cold shower. Believe it or not, dousing your body in cold water can actually heighten energy and focus, balance hormones, improve sleep, and even help your body burn more calories throughout the day. You can experience these effects by sitting in an ice bath, dunking your face in a bowl of ice water, chugging ice-cold water, or taking a cold shower for 30 seconds, switching to hot water for another 30, and repeating the process.
Productivity Hack: Butter in Coffee
Believe it or not, biohackers actually add fat to their coffee in the form of grass-fed ghee, butter, or coconut oil. The medium-chain triglycerides in these substances actually give you an even greater mental boost than a regular cup of coffee, in addition to preventing the caffeine crash that usually comes later. "It's basically a one-stop-shop to becoming a lean, motivated, focused machine," they add.
Productivity Hack: Blue-Light Blocking
At this point, we all know that the blue light emitted from electronic devices is bad for you—it suppresses melatonin production in the brain, strains your eyesight, and even causes headaches. For that reason, biohackers actually avoid all blue light after sundown. "They use apps that switch your device's blue light to a soft orange light that doesn't interfere with your hormone production," they report. Some also install blackout shades, cover LED lights with black tape, and abstain from caffeine after 2 p.m. to get the best night's sleep possible.
Head over to The Coveteur for more, and share your under-the-radar productivity hacks in the comments below!