Optimizing Sleep with Doctor Kirk Parsley

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

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You want to be jacked, but aren’t seeing the gains you want?

Doctor Kirk Parsley dives into the main problem that can be holding you back- sleep.

Doc Parsley served as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One. He is a former SEAL and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine.

Doc’s philosophy is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. Many diseases and disorders that we accept as “inevitable” in modern society are unnecessary complications of poor sleeping habits, living in a toxic environment, eating foods we were not designed to digest, and allowing stress to overwhelm us.

Doc and I sat down recently to discuss everything you need to know about how to optimize your sleep.

Topics Include:

  • His interest in sleep, his experience with the Navy SEALS, and how his career began [3:03].
  • Slept adaption, sleep deprivation, and overall performance [12:37].
  • Paying back sleep debt, fact or myth? [18:39].
  • How many hours of sleep is ideal for performance [20:56].
  • The circadian rhythm, body temperature and his recommendations on training for the average guy [22:32].
  • Adrenal fatigue and its impact on deep sleep [27:44].
  • How many days a week someone should workout intensely [31:14].
  • The evolution of nutrition and Doc’s philosophy on high and low carb intake [35:09].
  • Intermittent fasting, additional stressors and sleep [47:22].
  • Testosterone production during deep sleep [54:23].
  • Advice for people who work overnight shifts like cops and doctors [1:00:38].
  • How Doc Parsley uses his Sleep Remedy [1:07:45].
  • How the blue light of electronic devices can help or hinder sleep hygiene and ritualization [1:12:45].

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