Greatist Podcast: This Is Your Brain on Sleep
We all know sleep is good for us, but how good? Sleep researcher Dan Pardi comes on the Greatist Podcast to teach you exactly how sleep improves your fitness, health, and happiness, and what happens when you don’t get enough Zzz's.
What You Will Learn from This Episode
00:00 — How too much alcohol may wreck your sleep .
3:28 — How Dan got interested in sleep.
4:26 — How not getting enough sleep can ruin your athletic performance.
6:38 — How much sleep should athletes get every night ?
10:16 — Why when you sleep is almost as important as how much .
14:50 — How to know if you’re getting enough sleep .
19:40 — The one thing Dan has done in the last week to improve his health.
22:07 — Where you can learn more about Dan’s work.
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- The Effects of Sleep Extension on the Athletic Performance of Collegiate Basketball Players. Mah, C.D., Mah, K.E., Kezirian, E.J. Maples Pavilion, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Sleep. 2011 July 1; 34(7): 943–950.⤴
- Sleep, circadian rhythms, and psychomotor vigilance. Van Dongen, H.P., Dinges, D.F. Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clin Sports Med. 2005 Apr;24(2):237-49, vii-viii.⤴
- Neurobehavioral Dynamics Following Chronic Sleep Restriction: Dose-Response Effects of One Night for Recovery. Banks, S., Van Dongen, H.P., Maislin, G., et al. Sleep. 2010 August 1; 33(8): 1013–1026.⤴
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The recommendations at the end of the podcast are ones that I will personally vouch for as well. Installing f.lux on your computer (Mac or PC) is a must if you use it in the evening. The other is wearing the glasses to block blue light in the evening. Many people use their computer/tablet/iDevice into the evening and the blue light exposure can really jack up your melatonin production. Wearing the blue light glasses in the evening has really improved my sleep as I am one of the individuals that does a large portion of my work and reading in the PM. The Gunnar glasses are my personal pick (they actually look cool), but there are other less expensive options out there.
As a side note: I also track the quality/duration of my sleep using a Zeo. You have to have a way to measure if you are going to experiment!
@PhysiqueRescue Thanks for the feedback, and it's great Dan's recommendations are working for you too. Zeo is a great tool as well, are there any other tricks you use to improve your sleep?