#155 - Behind the Mike - Matt Walker Part 2
WINK Sleep Blog
by Mike Gradisar
3M ago
First, I’d like to that all the private messages from WINK members and subscribers who were ‘stoked’ about the first episode of my interview with Dr Matthew Walker (you know who you are). Second, I’d like to say that Matt is a genuine nice guy, and I think a lot of that comes through in the podcasts I’ve done with him - that’s right - podcasts .. plural. So let me endeavour to introduce you to the 2nd half of my interview with Matt about ‘Sleep Enhancement’. Whilst the 1st half of the interview was free to listen to on Apple Podcasts app, the 2nd part is available to those who subscribe to t ..read more
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#154 - Behind the Mike - Matthew Walker - Part 1
WINK Sleep Blog
by Mike Gradisar
3M ago
“Hej Mike - what do you think about you doing a podcast?” said Malin. “Yeah, that’d be cool !” After all, it seems like other people think it would be a good idea … p.s. - it’s worth following Aimee and Mollie on LinkedIn … Don’t get me wrong - I love writing blogs. It’s a great way to express what the sleep science means. And I must say that many scientific articles are really dry. But if you’re a scientist reading this, just be aware that reviewers don’t really like you to spruce up your scientific writing - especially Reviewer 2 … Now I don’t know who Reviewer #2 is, nor have I known who ..read more
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#153 - Celebrity Sleep
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by Mike Gradisar
3M ago
It’s Superbowl Sunday! … And all I know about this sporting event - besides the awesome commercials - is that Taylor Swift is going out with one of the dudes in one of the teams. But don’t ask me who is playing. And if you asked me to name a Taylor Swift song, I wouldn’t know one. That’s probably like me asking you to name a TOOL song, right? Well, this week I was asked: Whether Taylor Swift will escape jet lag because she is flying by private jet from Japan to Las Vegas (a momentary departure from her Eras Tour in Tokyo to watch her boyfriend play in the Superbowl). My first response may h ..read more
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#152 - Sleep and Longevity: Does Good Sleep Help You Outlive?
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by Mike Gradisar
4M ago
The last time I visited my Nonna, she was different. She’s now 97. In the past, I would ask her “How are you?” and she’d say “Oh. Getting older [in Italian accent]”. Now … when I look in her eyes .. I think she’s tired. She’s done. There was a lot of talk in 2023 about ‘longevity’. Sure, we want to spend a lot of time on this thing called Earth. But how far do we wanna push it? If you reach 97 years of age, two-thirds of that will be awake (~64 years). That is, if you sleep for the other 33 years. It’s therefore logical that if you want to get more out of life, perhaps you should sleep less ..read more
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#151 - Red Light Therapy for Sleep: It Works!
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by Mike Gradisar
4M ago
“In the morning you can do red light therapy on skin, you can do it on eyes … Will it wake your system up? Will it provide the kind of cortisol increase - which by the way, you want early in the day, and adrenaline and dopamine increase that sunlight can provide … the answer is … NO.” After almost 5 minutes, Andrew Huberman finally answered a viewer’s question in his AMA (Ask Me Anything) podcast that dropped last week. The viewer’s questions was: “OK. Tom M asks - Light therapy recommendations for those who live in Northern Regions with limited morning light or too cold to get outside for mo ..read more
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#150 - Ask Me Anything (About Sleep)
WINK Sleep Blog
by Mike Gradisar
6M ago
I enjoy writing blogs. Having the freedom to write creatively about sleep science is … freeing! And it’s so nice sometimes to break the chains, boundaries and limitations set by scientific writing. But in the past month I’ve had a couple of people - whom I respect - say to me: “You should do a podcast” It just so happens that this process in underway … But it won’t be done via WINK - it will rest in the good hands at … Sleep Cycle Sleep Cycle have begun their own podcast channel on Apple Podcasts. Already you have the chance to listen to various sorts of relaxation music and sleep stories. Soo ..read more
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#148 - Are Mums with Babies a Driving Hazard?
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by Mike Gradisar
6M ago
You know that feeling, right? When you’ve left a conference feeling buzzed - energetic - inspired - enthusiastic! You’re itching to get back to work to pencil down your ideas, and start to gather your team together to do some new cool stuff. I would have to say that there were many positive feelings after the 2017 Pediatric Sleep Meeting in Florida. What we learned. The networking. The laughter and the tears. Instead - my Long Service Leave had banked up so much I was forced to take a week off after I came back from Florida. And it was on one of those days during my Long Service Leave that I ..read more
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#148 - Bluelight Blocking Glasses may be the Number 2 Sleep Myth
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by Mike Gradisar
7M ago
I was asked this week about my thoughts on several pieces of ‘evidence’ that a sleep practitioner was given by a company to demonstrate blue light blocking glasses were scientifically proven. This week also saw the use of red-tinted glasses (aka, bluelight blocking glasses) as people were jet travelling to the Worldsleep Conference in Rio De Janero. And to top it all off, a couple of weeks ago I had the ‘wow experience’ of presenting at my first non-formal conference called ‘The Gathering’ that was hosted by Jetts Fitness Australia - yet, each presentation contained quality science - includ ..read more
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#147 - Melatonin: The Best Antioxidant In The World?
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by Mike Gradisar
11M ago
There’s been a lot of anti-melatonin talk this past year - primarily because of a study that came out that was titled: Pediatric Melatonin Ingestions - United States, 2012-2021 The study was conducted by researchers working in pediatrics and emergency medicine. What they did was to crunch data of phone calls made to the National Poison Data System in the USA. The big finding was that phone calls made about “melatonin ingestions” from 2012 to 2021 increased by 530%. The study showed of all phone calls made in 2012, less than 1 % were made about melatonin. But in 2021, the percentage skyrockete ..read more
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#146 - Three 'Swedes' Walk Into An Airplane ...
WINK Sleep Blog
by Mike Gradisar
11M ago
This week my wife and I came a step closer to becoming Swedish, as we signed on the dotted line for a Swedish apartment. I’ve been so busy preparing the apartment in my final week in Sweden that I did one of those travel sins. I didn’t select my seat on my first flight, 24 hours before take-off. And so I discovered that my seat was assigned to ‘E’. In the middle column, in the middle seat. When I entered the plane, there were already two guys sitting either side of my seat. The young guy politely gets up to let me in. But on my seat are: a thick blanket a travel pillow a pair of on-ear ..read more
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