Episode 99 with Sleep & Performance Expert Dr. Ian C. Dunican

In this week’s episode we talk to sleep and performance expert Dr. Ian Dunican about:

  • What affects our sleep
  • How much sleep should we really get?
  • The difference between REM and other sleep – and why we need both
  • How to manage sleep & the tools to improve it
  • Supplements for sleep

Dr. Ian C Dunican holds a PhD in Sleep and Performance from the University of Western Australia, where he’s also an adjunct senior research fellow. He’s worked with elite sporting organizations and athletes to optimize sleep, recovery, and performance, and researches in the areas of sports science, sleep science, jet lag and travel, chronobiology, health and safety, shiftwork, nutrition and performance. He is also an an adjunct associate professor at Edith Cowan University. During the course of his career, Ian has worked with elite and highly trained athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), as well as professional teams across many disciplines.

He regularly speaks on those topics and has co-authored technical reports and written several scientific articles. He’s a regular reviewer for scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Ian served for the Irish Military for 5 years and has completed over 20 ultramarathons, including the Ultra-Trail Australia (x7) and Leadville 100 (x2). He’s also involved in ultra-ocean swimming and has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Please note that this podcast is created strictly for educational purposes and should never be used for medical diagnosis and treatment.


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