May 21, 2021

117 Michael Breus: Entrepreneurs’ Masterclass to Have Relaxing Deep Sleep

My next guest, Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Breus was recently named the Top Sleep Specialist in California by Reader’s Digest, and one of the 10 most influential people in sleep. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and on the show (40 times).

Dr. Breus has been interviewed on CNN, Oprah, The View, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Ray, Fox and Friends, The Doctors, Joy Behar, The CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and Kelly and Michael.

Dr. Breus lectures all over the world for organizations such as YPO (Young Presidents Organization) 20+ times in 2018-19,  AT&T (10 times), on stage for Tony Robbins (Unleash the Power), hospitals, and medical centers, financial organizations, product companies and many more.

We Talked About

  • The counterintuitive higher risks entrepreneurs take on when they are sleep deprived
  • How sleep impacts our mood and spirituality and all of those aspects to us as humans
  • Why naturally waking up without an alarm and waking up feeling refreshed and ready to meet the day is the goal
  • Why eight hours is a myth and what qualitative and quantitative data we ought to pay attention instead
  • The 4 stages of sleep and which stages we ought to optimize (hint: stage 3 & 4 are the money stages)
  • 2 under detected signs of sleep deprivation
  • His 20/20/20 protocol to prime our body for rest
  • If you are a true biohacker who wants to improve your sleep efficiency, what factor you ought to optimize
  • The 3 most common questions most people ask him
    • what mattress should I buy
    • what do I do about wake up in the middle of the night?
    • how do I turn off my brain at night?
  • The 4 supplements you need to get for better sleep
  • Why chronotype test helps you fall asleep quickly and get into deep sleep faster.
  • When is the best time to have sex as a couple (and how to have that conversation)

Please enjoy my conversation with Michael Breus, America’s most trusted sleep doctor




Wisdom Quotes

"Entrepreneurs have a much higher risk profile when you're sleep deprived in terms of your decision-making."


"Mood and spirituality and all of those aspects that matter to us as humans and quite frankly they're founded in sleep."


"We have to divorce ourselves from the idea that there's a set amount of sleep for all humans."


"Stages three and four and REM. Those are the money stages. Those are the ones that we really want to optimize."


"We think of stage three, four sleep as physical restoration; REM sleep is mental restoration."


"The single best way to improve stages three, four sleep is through exercise. 20 minutes, high intensity exercise once a day is really very good for sleep in general. That's one of the easiest ways to improve stage three, four sleep."


"One of the ways to avoid attacking stage three, four sleep is alcohol."


"Downing caffeine first thing in the morning does almost nothing for you. Water will absolutely help wake you up and sunlight will absolutely help wake you up."


"Generally speaking, if you fall asleep really quick, you could probably use more sleep."


"The consistency of my schedule allowed my actually allowed my sleep architecture to condense."


"If you want to enter into a state of unconsciousness, you need to be at a heart rate of about 60 or below."


"So 20 minutes for things you got to do; 20 minutes for hygiene; and then 20 minutes for some form of meditation, relaxation, prayer, yoga, stretching that slows you down."


"Remember your sleep cycle follows your core body temperature cycle."


"Your Chronotype report actually turns out to be quite an invitation and a great conversation starter"


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