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

Dan Pardi

00:00 — How too much alcohol may wreck your sleepShort sleep duration is associated with greater alcohol consumption in adults. Chaput, J.P., McNeil, J., Despres, J.P., et al. Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada. Appetite, 2012 Jul 26..

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 nightThe 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.?

10:16 — Why when you sleep is almost as important as how muchSleep, 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..

14:50 — How to know if you’re getting enough sleepNeurobehavioral 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..

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.

Show Notes


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