Biohacking, Wearables and Healthy Aging
Biohacking is the process of implementing scientifically-driven lifestyle interventions to optimize health throughout the lifespan. It’s a very broad term that encompasses a wide range of actions, all with a similar goal: optimizing health. Commonly referred to as “do-it-yourself” biology, biohacking often involves self-experimentation to collect ultra-personalized data and feedback. Take sleep as an example—the importance of sleep is grounded in sound science. It serves as a time for the body to recover and repair itself and replenish essential hormones. Quality sleep is tied to a robust immune system and healthy aging. In contrast, poor sleep can lead to various health problems, including impaired immunity, a shorter lifespan, and an increased risk of obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.[1-3] Thus, optimized sleep has become a prime target for biohackers. With new technologies and wearables like the Oura Ring, Whoop, and Fitbit, you can now easily track and use your sleep data to enhance it—biohacking!