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Episode Info: Hello, friends! There are several episodes of the podcast that I refer back to constantly. Episode 26, where I talk all about sleep is one of those. I talk about it in other podcast episodes, I talk about it with my patients, and I talk about it with people in my daily life. It turns out that at 180 episodes of the podcast so far, episode 26 is kind of hard to find. A lot of podcast players only keep the most recent 100 episodes. So, I’m re-doing it. This is not a re-release of that episode, but a re-recording of it with some new thoughts added in. Resource Before we dive in, I wanted to point you to another great resource. Dr. Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience at UC Berkeley who specializes in sleep, did a series of interviews on The Peter Attia Drive. Peter Attia is a Doctor who hosts his own podcast and talks about all sorts of things related to health, longevity, and wellbeing. It’s a really interesting show and often goes very deep into the details of the topics he discusses. In an interview series across three episodes, Matthew Walker and Peter Attia go way deeper into sleep than we will here and so if you’re in the field in some way or are just super interested in delving deeper into sleep, I highly recommend listening to these episodes – the first of which is episode 47! All about sleep Sleep is massively important for a variety of issues but for one reason or another, people kind of suck at sleep these days! It’s not necessarily a new thing but it’s one of the most common complaints I see in my clinical work and in my daily life – it’s a big deal. We’ll get into the whys shortly, but sleep is very important and you’re not alone if you struggle with it. I used to be really bad at sleep – in college and grad school I would get by with only a few hours of sleep…it would even be common for me to be online doing a live stream at 2 or 3 in the morning and then get up at 6am to drive to school. Not a great idea! But now I am actually pretty great at sleep. I don’t suffer with insomnia, I rarely struggle with sleep maintenance (staying asleep through the night) and I don’t dread going to sleep like I used to – it’s become a normal thing and I enjoy it! One thing that I have found is the amount of intervention that you need to do is going to differ depending on how much you struggle and what exactly you struggle with, and there is often a barrier that you have to overcome. The thing is, your body gets used to being in a particular rhythm and if you’re not sleeping well then your body gets used to not sleeping well, and that becomes the ‘comfortable’ zone to be in. If you can break through that barrier and get into a good rhythm of sleeping well, it is possible to teach your body that you have the capability of sleeping well. When this happens you can often back off on the rules and some of the strict things that I’m going to talk about here. That’s where I’m at right now…I’ve proven t...
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