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Episode 62: How to Sleep Better at Night Naturally with Dr. Colin Espie

Brief summary of show:

Are you ready to sleep better at night and do it naturally?

One of the top-rated podcast episodes on my podcast was episode 3, which all about sleep, and I know it’s one of the most helpful topics that you want to learn more about.

In this episode, I speak with Professor Colin Espie, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Big Health and Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford.

A world renowned sleep expert, Professor Espie is focused on improving the clinical assessment and treatment of sleep disorders, particularly using Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutics (CBTx), and studying sleep’s relationship to mental health. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in his career and has been elected as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Prior to founding the University of Oxford’s Experimental & Clinical Sleep Medicine research programme in the Sleep & Circadian Research Institute in 2013, Professor Espie was the founding Director of the University of Glasgow Sleep Centre. In 2015, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies, and was awarded the Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award by the Sleep Research Society in 2017. A highly sought after public speaker, Professor Espie regularly shares his latest research on sleep and sleep disorders, and serves as scientific expert in television and documentary interviews.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [2:10] Why so many people struggle with sleep

  • [4:00] Do people struggle more with sleep today vs. 30-40 years ago?

  • [5:45] The biggest culprits that affect our sleep

  • [8:00] What cognitive behavioural therapy is and how it can help you with sleep

  • [15:20] The impact of sleep medications, lights, technology, and alcohol are not conducive to proper sleep

  • [25:10] Why it’s important to follow what feels good to you when it comes to sleep

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