Dr. Allison Brager (@docjockzzz) is interviewed on the show this week. She's a 2013 CrossFit Games; Teams Athlete, Neuroscientist and Sleep & Recovery researcher. We’re here to talk about the benefits of sleep and recovery for elite athletes, “Wim Hof” breathing, what your DNA/ genotype says about you, and why you should be sleeping naked. We’ve got a ton of information in this one that will help you not only recover better but ultimately train better. Be sure to check out Allison’s book below!
Topics of discussion:
[1:38] Allison’s background
[7:11] Two stages of sleep and their effects on recovery
[10:45] Optimal sleep; quantity vs. quality
[12:33] Sleep deprivation, Genotypes and more on what your DNA can tell you
[17:47] How to get the best night of sleep & forming good sleep habits
[20:05] The science behind the “Sleep Cycle” App
[23:27] Meditation & “Wim Hof” breathing
[25:35] Thoughts on polyphasic sleep
[27:45] Thoughts/ research on naps
[30:12] Effects of alcohol & marijuana on sleep
[38:24] The future of sleep technology
Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain by Allison Brager
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