Author And Expert Explains That Sleep May Be Modern Medicine's Missing Puzzle Piece
“We have not been able to identify a single psychiatric condition in which sleep is normal,” ruminates Dr. Matthew Walker, Ph.D. professor at UC Berkeley, and author of “Why We Sleep”. This is one small excerpt from a seemingly endless conveyor belt of shocking sleep-related revelations hurled at the Found My Fitness Podcast listener without any pause for 2-1/2 hours.
Taking even a cursory glance at sleep research yields some truly startling figures, like how an individual who receives less than 7 hours of sleep a night produces 70% less immune cells the following day, or that during deep sleep our brains examine information from the previous day at a speed 20 times greater than our waking mind.
It is, as Dr. Walker explains, a Swiss-army knife of recovery in the body that is neglected all too often in modern medicine. As a result, much of the human population is simultaneously damaging themselves while also ignoring one of the most powerful repair processes that exists in nature.
The host of Found My Fitness, Dr. Ronda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical studies from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, and frequently brings on experts in all manner of fields to discuss medicine, nutrition, and fitness. Here she managed to capture a generous portion of time from one of sleep’s greatest public proselytizers.
If you’ve ever wondered at the extent to which sleep effects things like, circadian biology, Alzheimer’s disease, metabolism, muscle recovery, immune-health, or had questions about sleep strategies such as getting to sleep and staying asleep, Matthew gives you all you can handle and more - dropping your jaw a little further with each startling study or statistic.