Tara Youngblood: You Don’t Need More Sleep, You Need Better Sleep With ChiliPad – The Wellness Mama Podcast

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Key Takeaways

  • The chiliPAD is a mattress topper that circulates temperature-controlled water (varying between 55-110 °F), allowing you to optimize your sleep environment
  • The OOLER is Chili’s follow-up product
    • The main difference? It’s app-controlled, allowing you to set a schedule that changes the temperature throughout the night.
  • Your brain needs to drop its temperature 2-3 °F in order to sleep
  • When you sleep in colder environments (with something like the chiliPAD) you get more deep sleep
    • This is useful, as deep sleep tends to decline with age

Intro

Books Mentioned

  • Tara recommends:

Tara’s Background

  • Tara is the co-founder and chief science officer at Chili Technology
    • They launched the chiliPAD in 2007
  • Tara has spent over 10,000 hours studying the science of sleep
    • Her current passion is to shape the future of sleep-driven health by making sleep easy and drug-free
    • Her research has led to over a dozen patent filings
    • She’s a published researcher and internationally sought-after speaker on the topic of sleep
  • Tara hasn’t had the easiest of lives
    • She’s a mother of four boys, but her youngest died in 2007 from bacterial meningitis
    • Around the same time, she had a frivolous lawsuit and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease 
      • Through sleep and diet changes, she was able to reverse her diagnosis

Creating the chiliPAD

  • The chiliPAD is a mattress topper that circulates temperature-controlled water (varying between 55-110 °F), allowing you to optimize your sleep environment
    • For 25% off the chiliPAD, use the code “Podcastnotes25” at checkout
  • What inspired Tara to create the chiliPAD?
    • Around 2007, she saw Slept Comfort and Tempur-Pedic talking about adjusting mattress pressure, but she thought the mattress (or sheet) temperature would be another cool feature to adjust 
      • “We realized that by sleeping colder, we could achieve real sleep change” – Tara Youngblood 

The Science of Sleep Temperature

  • Your brain needs to drop its temperature 2-3 °F in order to sleep
  • When you sleep in colder environments (with something like the chiliPAD) you get more deep sleep
    • This is beneficial because deep sleep declines with age
      • “By the time you’re about 80, you may get none, and that’s really where they’re seeing a lot of that degenerative memory loss and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
          – Tara Youngblood 
  • Why does the ChiliPad work?
    • Even if you set the room temperature to 68 °F , once you get in your bed and blanket, you create a 98 °F human engine that generates heat

Sleep Drugs & Devices

  • Think twice before giving melatonin to your kids
    • “No one’s really testing the long-term effects of melatonin on kids and what that may do as their body develops. This habit of basically being fed melatonin, who knows what that does to their body’s natural ability to achieve it?” – Tara Youngblood 
  • Most sleep drugs give you the feeling of sleep, but you aren’t getting real deep sleep
    • “If you’re taking any of those prescription sleep drugs, with most of them, you’re not getting any deep sleep. Most people will say, ‘I closed my eyes and slept, but I don’t feel rested. I don’t feel recovered.’ It’s a hack. It’s a hack to use as needed, but hopefully not in a long-term way.” – Tara Youngblood 

The OOLER Sleep System

  • For 15% off the OOLER, use the code “Podcastnotes15” at checkout
  • Tara recently released Chili’s next product, the OOLER Sleep System
    • It’s similar to the chiliPAD, but it differs in the fact that it’s app-controlled, allowing you to set a schedule that changes the temperature throughout the night
  • A lot of users like to use the OOLER to warm up their bed when they’re first hitting the hay. They then have it cool down as they drift off to sleep.
    • This is beneficial – heating pads, which many use instead, emit high levels of EMFs (which the OOLER doesn’t)
  • It’s a good idea to schedule the OOLER to warm up as it gets closer to your wake up time – this mimics the natural rise in your body temperature during the morning hours
  • Unlike other health habits, the OOLER requires almost no effort
    • You don’t have to exercise or make healthy meals to improve your health, just get an OOLER, set your temperature, and sleep like you normally would

Additional Notes

  • Sleep tips:
    • Limit blue light exposure
    • Get blackout curtains
    • Limit the use of electronics
    • Keep EMFs in the bedroom to a minimum
  • “Sleep is the key to health. It is a cornerstone to free us from stress, pain, and disease. Temperature is an easy hack.” Tara Youngblood


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