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Don’t Sleep With Your Smart Phone. Just Don’t.

Be it on a podcast or elsewhere, you’ve likely heard me talk about where the smart phone needs to go at night. Yes, sure, you use the alarm to wake you up. That’s fine. But the phone goes in the drawer. Not in a nightstand.  In 2015, the Bank of America funded an independent study to understand consumer trends when it comes to mobile computing. What they found in regards to my little tip above…

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Why Should I Care About Sleep?

I am very happy to say that I have noticed a significant uptick in the amount of information people are putting out about sleep—including sleep gadgets—in the 8 years I’ve been speaking about sleep. Many of us are raised with beliefs like; the early bird gets the worm, sleep is for the weak, I’ll sleep when I’m dead, if you sleep past sun up—your lazy. We hear stories about iconic leaders, entertainers, business executives etc….

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High-Grade Sleep and Optimal Athletic Performance

What role does sleep have in promoting health and performance?  Let’s consider Ironman triathletes. One of the most glaring differences between the lifestyles of a full-time professional triathlete and an age-grouper is the priority they give to sleep.  With the pros, it’s not uncommon to hear them brag about getting 10 to 12 hours a sleep per night. And maybe a nap in the day. “All I do is eat, sleep and train,” you hear…

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How we are wired to sleep, and why the wiring gets wonky!

Many people have heard of the concept that humans use the sun to adjust their biological clock. The overall driver of the biological clock is the circadian-rhythm controlling SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus for you neuro geeks out there)—often called the “master clock”.  But what does that really mean, what does the “master clock” really control, and what can we do about it?  To answer that, we have to talk a little bit of science—not too much—but…

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TBI and Sleep

Traumatic brain injury here in the U.S. when it comes to our soldiers and veterans. According to DOD numbers, there more than are 347,000 in PTSD’s grip.  For combat soldiers, exposure to explosives and other brain injury dangers are a hazardous part of the job. In addition to the myriad symptoms of TBI, from dizziness to chronic headaches to impaired memory, is a change in sleep patterns. Inability to wake from sleep is a flip-side…

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