With only two weeks left until the new year, I found myself contemplating my resolutions for 2024. What changes could I make to get in better shape and stay healthy? Maybe wearing a gadget to measure my daily physical activity and sleep patterns could be a good daily reminder and keep me on track, I thought.
Since I’m not a fan of wearing watches, which is why I don’t own a smartwatch, I’ve started to do some research on the ring gadgets currently available on the market – until my eyes got caught on a video titled “The Man That’s Aging Backwards.” It’s an interview with Brian Johnson, a man whose current experiment and life purpose, is to defy aging and death.
His story made me think of “The Myth of Sisyphus” and Camus’ existential question whether life is worth living – it might be an interesting exploration…
So, while watching this fascinating interview and listening to Brian’s life story, one thing stood out: the importance of sleep. Brian emphasized that sleep was the number one factor in reversing age and delved into a discussion with his interviewer about how sleep deprivation can lead to depression and, if you’re married, it can also lead to divorce.
Speaking of which, I can attest that sleep was a pain point in my marriage too. But it doesn’t have to be that way – you don’t have to sleep in separate beds, get a divorce, or follow Brian’s extreme lifestyle. I witnessed my parents’ marriage, and still remember my father’s whisper, “shhh, your mother is sleeping.” My mom’s sleep was considered taboo in our house and always respected. She turned 94 this week, and her mind is still as sharp as a knife.
If you’re curious, as I was, to find out more about Brian and his “Don’t Die” philosophy, google “Brian Johnson reverse aging.” The tech entrepreneur, aged 46, invests 2 million dollars annually in reversing his age. Apparently, his biological age is now at 35.
But the really good news is that if you don’t have 2 million dollars, you can still reverse aging on a $108 per month budget. This is how much Julie Gibson Clark spends on an income of under 100k per year.
Julie is also part of the “live forever” movement and global online longevity game called Rejuvenation Olympics, ranking 4,000 people’s aging averages over six months. Surprisingly, at the age of 55, Julie came in second, while Brian ranked at number six.
While I’m myself on a quest to improve my lifestyle, I’m not in favor of rigidity and extreme measures. I’m also not a vegetarian. I’m all for the “live forever” movement, and while I want the age reverse deal, I want to eat my steak too!
And as I continue to look for ways to better listen to my body, and finish my list of resolutions for 2024, I leave you with my takeaway – whatever you do, sleep well!