The Practice of Sleep vs Just Passing Out - Shawn Stevenson #48

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Can being awake less get you more out of life? Shawn Stevenson — bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show — joins us on the podcast to talk about the practice of sleep. Our modern society seems to celebrate those who sleep less — viewing them as "more productive" or "healthier" — when in actuality most of these people are chronically sleep-deprived and hurting their productivity and health in the long run. Shawn explains why getting optimal sleep is vital to operating at high performance and shows us how to set up our personal sleep practice so we can start getting better sleep....tonight!

Episode Breakdown:

  • How Shawn got into sleep research
  • Society of the chronically sleep-deprived 
  • Our sleep cycles explained
  • Circadian rhythms and sleep hormones
  • Navigating sleep when you live and work in the concrete jungle
  • Best time to exercise for better sleep
  • The practice of sleep
  • Your bed is for sleep and sex — Shawn shares some interesting facts on the relationship between the two
  • Creating your sleep sanctuary
  • Why you should not sleep near your phone
  • Choosing your bed wisely
We’re not just a product of our environment; we’re also a creator of our environment. Tweet it!
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Meet Shawn

Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Fitness and Nutrition podcast on the iTunes charts. With a university background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. To learn more about Shawn, visit