Two-Cent #006

Intermittent Fasting, Polyphasic Sleep, & No-Code Platforms
September 29, 2020

Greetings Fellow Aristocrats

Welcome back to Two-Cent Tuesday— Where it's my job to uncover the tools that help us grow as humans.


As the molding of this newsletter continues to find its form, I'm finding the feedback from you guys to be exceptionally invaluable.


Special shoutout to Connor, Mike, Jacob, & Anthony for their recent constructive notes. You guys are the bomb! Here we go...


The Skinny:

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Intermittent Fasting— Learn how intermittent fasting increases metabolism, burns fat, & leads to improved mental clarity (it's not that hard)

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Polyphasic Sleep— How Matt Mullenweg, founder of Wordpress, only slept 2 hours/day in what he calls his "most productive year"

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No-Code Platforms— Can you build apps without knowing how to code? Yes.


Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting—16-20 hours of daily fasting followed by a 4-8 hour eating period.


It sounds intimidating but consider the 16/8. You probably sleep for 8 hours, just don't eat 4 hours before bed and 4 hours after waking up and there's your 16 hour fast.


The benefits FAR outweigh the minor lifestyle change.


How does it work?

Fasting triggers the body to switch its source of energy from glucose stored in the liver to ketones, which are stored in fat.


After 8-12 hours of no food (especially carb) consumption your body turns to fat stored in your body for energy.


If you're constantly filling your stomach your body never gets the chance to make this metabolic energy switch.


Benefits:

1. Higher metabolism—


"The metabolic switch from glucose as a fuel source to fatty acids and ketone bodies results in a reduced respiratory-exchange ratio (the ratio of carbon dioxide produced to oxygen consumed), indicating the greater metabolic flexibility and efficiency of energy production from fatty acids and ketone bodies"— New England Journal of Medicine


2. Higher fat rate burn—Body burns it naturally for energy in hours 8-16 of your daily fast.


"Young men who fast daily for 16 hours lose fat while maintaining muscle during 2 months of resistance training"— Springer Research


3. Higher thinking clarity— many report that ketones and fatty acids are a purer source of energy than carbohydrates. Which leads to increased focus, less sluggishness and sustained energy over time.


Polyphasic Sleep

Most people are "monophasic" sleepers— they sleep once a day for 7-9 hours (ideally). Polyphasic sleep involves spreading your sleep into multiple naps throughout the day.
The most well known (& what we're going to cover) is the Uberman (U6). This schedule divvies up 6 "20 minute" naps throughout the day, totaling 2 hours.


How does this work?

Monophasic sleepers get 90-120 minutes of REM sleep every night, which is equal to 20-25% of their total sleep.


The rest of the time is divvied up between what scientists call "light sleep" and "deep sleep".


The exact functions of these two phases are largely a mystery but what we do know is that REM is very important.


The Uberman works because after a few (very rough weeks) your body starts to adjust to your napping schedule and (in an effort to sustain itself) goes right into REM sleep for 90-100% of sleeping time.


This ends up totaling the same amount of REM sleep that monophasic sleepers get.  


Once you reach this state you start to feel completely normal and not sleep deprived at all according to Matt Mullenweg in his interview with Tim Ferriss.


Matt Mullenweg credits his "most productive year ever" creating Wordpress (Valuation: More than $3Billion) to his Uberman (U6) schedule.


No-Code Platforms

Gartner research predicts by 2024, more than 65% of our apps will be built by no-code platforms.


No-code platforms build "blocks" of code that perform a common function. The platform provides an interface where someone can piece together the "blocks" and customize them to create an app.


One I'm currently learning right now is bubble.io.


No-code platforms are really powerful and give people a new gateway to access development without having to find a "coder".


As Dru Riley at Trends.vc puts it, no-code platforms "democratize leverage".


Million dollar companies are being built faster than ever with no-code platforms.


Examples from bubble:

On bubble's website they have tutorials on how to build Spotify, LinkedIn, Duolingo, AirBnb, and many others. From scratch. It's insane.


If anyone has had an app idea I highly suggest they learn bubble to test it out. They have a full blown course on their site for free that teaches you how to use their platform.


If you're interested ping me back and we can learn together ; )

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