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Pay Attention to Your Body Clock

From the Show: HER
Summary: Get the sleep you need and be more productive in your life.
Air Date: 1/4/18
Duration: 34:47
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Michael Breus, PhD
Dr. Michael BreusMichael J. Breus, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a regular contributor on the show (30+ times).

Dr. Breus is the author of the soon to be published (September 2016) The Power of When, a ground breaking bio-hacking book proving that there is a perfect time to do everything, based on your hidden biological chronotype. Dr. Breus gives the reader the exact perfect time to have sex, run, a mile, eat a cheeseburger, ask your boss for a raise and much more. Dr. Breus has been in private practice for 16 years and recently relocated his practice to Los Angeles.
Pay Attention to Your Body Clock
There are two systems in the body for sleep: a drive for sleep and a rhythm for sleep. The drive is much like hunger. The rhythm is when your body is accustomed to getting sleep.

Your internal biological clock has a rhythm. Following that circadian rhythm will help balance out your life so you function better.

Finding your chronotype can help you determine when you are naturally most productive and when you should sleep.

The Four Chronotypes

Lion: Early to bed, early to rise, this person gets a lot done early in the day. This master of the to-do list is productive but has difficulty being social because she’s tired at the end of the day.

Bear: Society is built on her schedule. She’s extroverted, fun and gets work done. The 9-5 schedule is built for her.

Wolf: Her nature isn’t to hit the sack early. She’s often very creative. This individual has trouble completing the to-do list.

Dolphin: While she gets a lot done in a day, she has trouble sleeping. Her sleep is broken and she may call herself an insomniac. The dolphin also gets a lot done in a day.

Many people become lions or dolphins after age 50.

Ways to Improve Your Sleep

  1. Find one sleep schedule and stick to it. Wake up at the same time every day. Weekends aren’t excluded.
  2. Stop consuming caffeine by 2 p.m. Its effects can last six to eight hours.
  3. Alcohol is fine with dinner. Consume no more than two drinks. Stop drinking alcohol three hours before bed so you get a good night’s sleep. Alcohol can prevent deep sleep, leading to hangovers.
  4. Get 20 minutes of exercise daily. It improves sleep quality.
  5. Go outside within 30 minutes of waking for ten minutes of daylight. It resets your circadian rhythms.
Listen as Dr. Michael Breus joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share more about chronotypes and sleep apnea.


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