Why We Sleep & The Consequences of Poor Sleep ft. Dr Neil Stanley

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Show Notes

Dr Neil Stanley is an independent sleep expert. Neil has been involved in the field of sleep research for over 36 years. He is the author of 2 books and has published over 100 research publications. Dr Stanley and I discuss how sleep affects everything from our eating habits, cognitive function, relationships, to the risk of developing specific diseases.

How sleep affects our health

0.57–2.25 minutes

The function of sleep and how it plays a key role within our overall health and wellbeing.

The effect of sleep at a hormonal level

2.27–3.00 minutes

How compromised sleep can negatively affect our natural hormone production including a male’s testosterone output.

Poor sleep leads to ageing both physically and mentally

3.00–3.15 minutes

Research shows that people’s brains are older than their biological age due to lack of sleep.

Sleep cycles

3.14–5.44 minutes

Dr Stanley explains the various sleep cycles we go through.

How much of each sleep cycle do you need?

5.46–6.05 minutes

The stages of sleep that are most advantageous to recovery and how much of each stage you need.

REM sleep and N3

6.07–8.00 minutes

Processing neuro toxins within the brain.

Trying to hack your sleep

8.06–9.50 minutes

You simply can not hack your sleep.

The short term effect of lack of sleep

10.30–11.21 minutes

How poor sleep influences the prefrontal cortex within the brain.

The long term effects of lack of sleep

11.22–12.00 minutes

There is a strong link between short sleep and increased risk of Alzheimer’s and specific types of cancer.

How much sleep do we need?

12.03–13.05 minutes

Sleep is very individual. 8 hours is a myth. Individuals vary between 5–11 hours.

Common sleep inhibitors

13.16–14.33 minutes

From stress to blue light…

Take homes;

1. You can not hack your sleep. It is a biological necessity.

2. 8 hours is a myth.

3. Poor sleep will negatively impact your natural hormone production

4. Poor sleep puts you at risk of developing specific chronic diseases.

5. Creating an effective bedtime routine.