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066: Dr. Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor and Author of The Power of When, Provides a Masterclass in Biohacking Your Sleep By Identifying Your Chronotype

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Mollie chats with Dr. Michael Breus, a sleep specialist who is officially known as The Sleep Doctor. Dr. Breus has written many books on sleep, including a groundbreaking biohacking book called The Power of When, which proves that there is a perfect time to do everything based on your biological chronotype. In this episode, they discuss how your chronotype (for example: being a night owl or an early bird) dictates how you should organize your sleep habits and other aspects of your life.

Biography

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Sleep Specialist. He is one of only 168 psychologists in the world to have taken and passed the Sleep Medicine Boards without going to Medical School. Dr. Breus is the author of many books including The Power of When, which is a groundbreaking bio-hacking book proving that there is a perfect time to do everything, based on your biological chronotype (early bird or night owl). He has a new book out called Energize! which combines chronotypes with body types to optimize your exercise routine and give you the energy to achieve your goals.

In this episode, we discuss:

⏱️ How looking for a residency in athletic psychology led Dr. Breus to sleep research.

⏱️ What makes Dr. Breus uniquely qualified to share his sleep expertise.

⏱️ The definition of chronotypes and why your individual chronotype matters for your sleep quality.​​

⏱️ How Dr. Breus’ book, The Power of When, revolutionized the understanding of chronotypes of all aspects of life, including sleep regulation.

⏱️ Dr. Breus’ specialty and how failing with an insomnia patient caused a breakthrough in his treatment style.

⏱️ How your genetics dictate your chronotype and what that means for your sleep cycle.

⏱️ The four chronotypes and how you can identify which one you are to use biohacking techniques for sleep and other activities.

⏱️ How your chronotype can change based on your life stage and how that adjusts your sleep schedule.​​

⏱️ The way your chronotype affects your hormones and what that means for your life and sleep.

⏱️ Why light is important for your circadian rhythm and how sunlight differs from artificial light.

⏱️ Using the Time Shifter app to control your light exposure and reduce jet lag.

⏱️ How chronobiology can be used by medical professionals to improve diagnostics.

⏱️ What to do about your sleep schedule if you are a dolphin chronotype.

⏱️ Dr. Breus addresses the myth that every person needs eight hours of sleep and how to identify your personal sleep needs.

⏱️ Which chronotypes are allowed to nap during the day and which are not.​​

⏱️ Dr. Breus shares his sleep personal sleep routine and why power hour is the most important part of your sleep schedule.

⏱️ Thoughts on sleep hygiene and how its importance varies from person to person.

⏱️ Special products for sleep that Dr. Breus has tested and his thoughts on them.

⏱️ Discussion of Dr. Breus’ new book, Energize!, which came out on December 14th and connects chronotype to body type so that you can have the energy to achieve your goals.

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Transcription

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