We’re back with Episode 36 of the Real World Paleo Podcast. Christine and Amy interview sleep expert Dan Pardi about the research on sleep including how sleep deprivation interferes with your ability to make rational decisions and disrupts circadian rhythms, especially if you’re a shift worker. We also talk about what really good sleep is, REM sleep and how it helps with memory, and how sleep apnea can interfere with REM sleep and can be treated. We also dig into larks versus night owls, insomnia and naps and give you great tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.
2:00 How Dan became interested in sleep and sleep research
4:00 What the research says about the impact of sleep deprivation on decisionmaking including about what to eat and coffee compensation
10:00 Circadian rhythms, misalignment and disruption caused by shift work
15:00 Does light on areas besides the eyes influence circadian timing?
16:50 What about people who function well on 5 to 6 hours of sleep?
20:20 People can adjust to different sleep conditions and what really good sleep is
22:52 Making up for sleep and sleep apnea
26:00 What about surgery or oxygen masks for sleep apnea?
28:13 What is REM sleep and non-REM sleep and what happens to our memories
31:10 REM Sleep, dreaming and remembering your dreams
36:00 Do people need more sleep at different life stages and can you get too much sleep?
42:30 What about night owls and can they really thrive late at night?
50:28 How much of insomnia (trouble getting to sleep) is mental versus physical and how to treat it?
57:37 Research on some sleep supplements
59:09 Are naps beneficial and sleep time vs. sleep period
64:00 Do you recommend that people wake up at the same time daily?
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Next Episode: I will be interviewing New York Times bestselling author of Paleo cookbooks Diane Sanfilippo about her interest in food, food photography and how to travel and eat out on a Paleo diet.
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