In this enlightening episode, we dive deep into the world of sleep with Dr. Rebecca Robbins. We discuss the importance of sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation, and how nutrition impacts our sleep quality. Dr. Robbins also shares insights on sleep stages, the use of sleep trackers, and tips for improving sleep quality. Whether you’re struggling with sleep or just want to optimize your rest, this episode is packed with valuable insights.
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Understanding Sleep: Dr. Rebecca Robbins explains the importance of sleep and how it affects our overall health. She emphasizes that sleep is a fundamental biological need and if we fall short of it, we need to make it up.
Sleep Deprivation: If we are not able to meet our nightly sleep need, it doesn’t just dissipate. It can come at undesirable times such as when driving or in safety-critical environments.
Sleep and Nutrition: The discussion also covers the impact of nutrition on sleep. Certain nutrients support sleep while others like caffeine and alcohol can impair it.
Sleep Stages: There are four stages of sleep, each playing a crucial role in our health. The first half of the night is dominated by deep sleep and the second half by rapid eye movement sleep.
Sleep Trackers: Sleep trackers can provide useful data, but they should be used in conjunction with self-awareness about how one feels upon waking up.
Shift Work and Melatonin: For people doing shift work, melatonin might be helpful as it can help adjust the circadian rhythm. However, it’s not a sleep aid and should be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
Improving Sleep Quality: Dr. Robbins suggests that the mindset around sleep is important. If experiencing difficulties, one should engage in self-talk, get out of bed if unable to sleep, and try exercises like the 4-7-8 breath technique.