Mitigating Jet Lag

Jet lag: If you fly a lot, have may have noticed that it screws up your sleep. The more time zones you cross, the more damage and struggle. The experience was captured in the film, Lost in Translation, where the circadian inversion of traveling to Tokyo has both Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s characters bound into a nocturnal hell as they struggle against sleeplessness by night and sleepiness by day.   And as I’ve hopefully established…

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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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The Importance Of Sleep For Performance

Featured on Episode 241 for Barbell Shrugged

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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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Sleep

New look, new name

Well kids, it’s been a full year since we launched the sleep product. I sincerely thank every one of you for supporting Sleep Cocktail. It’s gone much better than expected. However, as the saying goes: the only constant in life is change. So, on that note, I have some news of change. First, I want to make it clear that the formulation is not changing at all, but the name is, and the packaging is….

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Sleep

Move along folks – nothing here to see

Since I am considered a “sleep expert” by many, I usually get news articles sent to me (on a daily basis) that have something to do with sleep. Occasionally, I am sent peer-reviewed studies, regarding sleep. Every great once and a while, I will get bombarded with something in between – usually when the information seems to contradict what I (or other professionals) say. Enter “Natural Sleep and Its Seasonal Variations in Three Pre-industrial Societies”…

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What the heck is sleep hygiene

Probably, most everyone reading this has heard the term “sleep hygiene”, but what does it really mean? It obviously has to do with sleep, but it’s a bit nebulous as to how to do it, and if you’re doing it right. Well—rest easy—by the end of this blog, you’ll be crystal clear about what sleep hygiene is and is not. Let’s first think about the word hygiene. Cleaning your body, brushing your teeth, grooming your…

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