This week on the Brute Strength Podcast I interview 2013 CrossFit Games; Teams Athlete, Neuroscientist and Sleep & Recovery researcher, Dr. Allison Brager (@docjockzzz). We’re here to talk about the benefits of sleep and recovery for elite athletes, “Wim Hof” breathing, what your DNA/ genotype says about you, and why you should be sleeping naked. We’ve got a ton of information in this one that will help you not only recover better, but ultimately train better. Be sure to check out Allison’s book below!
Topics of discussion:[1:38] Allison’s background [7:11] Two stages of sleep and their effects on recovery [10:45] Optimal sleep; quantity vs. quality [12:33] Sleep deprivation, Genotypes and more on what your DNA can tell you
– 23andMe – DNA Testing/ genotype
– DNAFit – DNA Testing for Fitness & Diet [17:47] How to get the best night of sleep & forming good sleep habits [20:05] The science behind the “Sleep Cycle” App [23:27] Meditation & “Wim Hof” breathing [25:35] Thoughts on polyphasic sleep [27:45] Thoughts/ research on naps [30:12] Effects of alcohol & marijuana on sleep [38:24] The future of sleep technology
Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain by Allison Brager