EP256: Why Sleep is Critical for Vibrant Health with Doc Parsley

It’s no secret that poor sleep can cause irritability, decreased productivity and sugar cravings, but it may surprise you that according to sleep expert (and former Navy Seal) Dr. Kirk Parsley... 

“Those who are chronically sleep deprived, those who work lifetime night shifts, chronic insomniacs and those who take sleeping pills chronically die (on average) 12 years earlier and have a higher risk of disease earlier in life.”


Because sleep is literally one of the most (if not THE most) important thing you can do for your health. 

So if you’re not getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night (or you have kids who aren’t great sleepers) check out this week’s incredible podcast with Doc Parsley on the importance of sleep, and the simple things you can do to get more of it. 

Here are some of the fun tidbits we cover...

  • How much sleep we actually need each night
  • The #1 sleep disruptor
  • The nutrient deficiency that can interfere with sleep
  • The best sleep supplement on the market 
  • How to get your kids to sleep better 
  • The dangerous downsides of sleep drugs
  • Why those who take sleep drugs die (on average) 12 years earlier
  • Signs you are not getting enough sleep 
  • The type of sleep that is critical for brain function
  • The link between sleep deprivation and ADHD
  • The ONLY way to know you had a great night of sleep 
  • The #1 most important thing for great sleep 
  • 2 things that need to happen for you to wind down 
  • The 3 basics of deep sleep
  • Why you may need less sleep on a keto diet
  • Why melatonin is different than most hormones
  • The 3 pillars of health
  • And so much more!

Please share this podcast with anyone you know who could use a few more zzzz’s and consider it your good deed for the day.


Valuable Resources: 

Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy
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Paleovalley Essential C Complex
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Dr. Kirk Parsley (Doc Parsley) served as an Undersea Medical Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group One from June 2009 to January 2013. While there, he led the development and supervised the group’s first Sports Medicine Rehabilitation center. He is a former SEAL, and received his Medical Degree from Bethesda, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 2004. He interned in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego in 2005 and subsequently completed a Navy residency in Hyperbarics and Diving Medicine in 2006.
Doc Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization. 

His philosophy for wellness is simple; in order to optimize our health and get the most out of our bodies and minds, we must live more closely to the way we evolved as a species. 


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