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My guest today is Dr. W. Chris Winter. Chris is a sleep specialist, helping people through his private clinic, his work with professional sports teams, and the book he wrote “The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It”. He’s been dubbed “The Sleep Whisperer” by Arianna Huffington which, after reading his book and having this chat with him, seems like a very apt nickname!

I’m very excited to bring this chat to you as I feel that, in the greater dialogue around health and wellness, sleep is a very under-appreciated and under-represented topic. There’s a seemingly endless supply of quote unquote experts out there pitching miracle diets and workout plans, yet genuine experts on the subject of sleep are somewhat hard to come by! And I know both from my own personal experience and the conversations I’ve had with other people that insufficient sleep, poor quality sleep, and above all else difficulty falling asleep, are actually VERY common issues! If you’re someone who does struggle with sleep, this interview will help bridge the gap for you.

In this chat Chris and I discuss the difference between being fatigued and being sleepy, how having a consistent wake up time is more important than a consistent bedtime, the effect technology has on the workings of our mind and subsequently our sleep, and much more.

So enjoy this chat with the sleep whisperer himself, Dr. W. Chris Winter.

Notes and resources:

Chris on Twitter: @sportsleepdoc

Chris’s Clinic: http://www.cvilleneuroandsleep.com/

The Sleep Solution on Amazon: http://a.co/d/dgjSJl8

Outline:

3:00 – Chris’s story, and how he got into the field of sleep care

7:15 – Chris’s approach to sleep care and how it differs from the approach many people take towards their sleep

13:30 – Where Chris begins looking with any new patient who comes to him for help, to discover where their issue stems from

17:25 – The difference between being fatigued and being sleepy

22:30 – The pitfall of imitating the lifestyle habits of people who have the health traits we desire

24:30 – The difference between rest and sleep and the benefits of restful, mindful time

28:30 – The difference between sleeplessness and insomnia

31:30 – Overcoming sleep problems by addressing areas of uncertainty in life

37:10 – The most common problem Chris sees among people with sleep problems

40:30 – How to learn to shut your mind off

44:10 – Techniques to calm the mind down faster

45:30 – Fear of “the time in between”

52:05 – How the next generation is being raised in a way to have an inherent need for access to technology

58:05 – Steps parents can take to help combat technology addition early on in their children’s lives

1:04:00 – How to combat the subconscious pull our phones have on our attention

1:06:00 – The importance of the consistency of wake up time, and habits to implement to normalize circadian rhythm

1:09:50 – The damage that comes from frequently inconsistent sleep schedules due to work obligations

1:11:30 – The most damaging treatment people use for sleep problems, and what they should do to fix it

1:17:30 – The amount of sleep training doctors get throughout their education

1:20:15 – What Chris thinks is the biggest thing causing people to struggle with their sleep

The post Episode 20 – Your Sleep Solution with Dr. W. Chris Winter appeared first on Deskbound.

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