Doubling Your Energy and Focus: Hacks to Boost Efficiency and Get More Done with Tanessa Shears

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In this episode of the Hustle and Flowchart podcast, host Joe Fier interviews Tanessa Shears, a kinesiologist, certified sleep science coach, and health consultant.

The conversation delves into the importance of sleep, optimizing brain health, and biohacking techniques to double energy and focus for entrepreneurs. Listeners are encouraged to take notes and reach out to Tanessa, who offers a playbook on biohacks.

The Significance of Sleep and Energy Boosting Techniques

Sleep disruptions, particularly when dealing with sick children, create challenges for entrepreneurs. Tanessa emphasizes the need for tools to boost energy and alertness in the morning. Manipulating body temperature through movement or cold showers can stimulate increased alertness by positively affecting dopamine and norepinephrine levels. These “little hacks” enhance productivity and help start the day with an energized brain.

Understanding Chronotype and Optimizing Sleep Schedule

Chronotype refers to an individual’s genetic inclination to be an early or late person. Dr. Michael Bruce’s book, “The Power of When,” offers a free quiz on his website to determine an individual’s chronotype. The Aura Ring analyzes sleep data to determine the optimal sleep time for maximum energy. Adjusting sleep schedule to match individual chronotypes can lead to better overall well-being.

Harnessing the Power of REM Sleep for Cognitive Performance

REM sleep, which occurs during early morning hours, is correlated with creativity and problem-solving abilities. Good REM sleep improves the ability to read facial and body expressions, making entrepreneurs better coaches and consultants. It also helps manage emotions, allowing for aligned responses and maintaining integrity.

The Journey to Optimal Brain Health

Tanessa’s career began as a swimming teacher, which she used to pay her way through university. After switching her major to Kinesiology, she opened a personal training business. Working with online clients, many of whom were entrepreneurs, she realized the impact of brain health optimization on energy, focus, and overall life quality.

Personalizing Diet and Tracking Data for Optimal Health

Tanessa highlights the importance of individualized and personalized dietary choices. Removing gluten from a client’s diet resulted in decreased inflammation. HRV (heart rate variability) measurements helped evaluate the body’s response to changes. Fitness tracking devices like Fitbit Luxe or Aura Ring provide data for understanding brain performance and recovery, guiding informed decisions about schedule and productivity.

The Impact of Light Exposure on Sleep Quality

Exposure to bright white blue devices before bed disrupts sleep patterns. Creating an indoor sunset by dimming lights and using orange bulbs can promote better sleep. Reading on an iPad before bed delays the rise in melatonin and reduces quality sleep. The impact of light exposure can last for two to three days, affecting REM sleep.

Entrepreneurial Freedom and a Balanced Lifestyle

Joe shares his journey toward financial independence, allowing him and his husband to lead a slow, relaxed lifestyle while still working. Tanessa emphasizes the importance of reducing inflammation through stable blood sugar levels achieved by consuming whole, unprocessed foods.


The conversation with Tanessa Shears in this podcast episode explores the significance of sleep, brain health optimization, and biohacking techniques for entrepreneurs. By understanding and applying personalized approaches to sleep, nutrition, and tracking data, listeners can experience increased energy, focus, and overall well-being.

Taking control of sleep and brain health leads to a better entrepreneurial journey and a more balanced lifestyle.

Listeners are encouraged to reach out to Tanessa for her playbook on biohacks and further insights into optimizing health and energy levels.

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