In this episode we talk all about sleep including:

  • How sleep is one of the first things we sacrifice in our hectic lives and how it's not just the quantity, but the quality of our sleep that we're compromising.

  • We talk about the 4 stages of sleep and what's going on in each of them. Then we talk about how sleep cycles work as well as our circadian rhythms. 

  • We talk about melatonin and the way it gets disrupted by all the artificial lights we're exposed to on a constant and relentless basis.

  • And then we move into how we can actually improve our sleep and for references I use The Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson, and Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, The Power of Naps, and The New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind, By Nick Littlehales.

  • We talk about the 90 minute cycle as well as the cycles per week approach to sleep. This includes altering our bedtimes to align with waking at the end of a cycle.

  • We talk about naps, or Controlled Recovery Periods (CRP's) as Littlehales calls them.

  • Next, we talk about a few other things that greatly impact your sleep quality: cell phones, your bedroom, your sleeping position, and your constant wake time.

  • And in our call to action we put all this newly gained knowledge to work and we improve our sleep. 

  • I close the podcast with a list of side effects from poor sleep quality and quality to really convince you that improving your sleep is a worthy task. 

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