Michael Grandner teaches us how to get the best sleep of your life

108- How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life with Dr. Michael Grandner

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

May 7, 2020

When was the last time you woke up fully rested? I'm guessing it has been a long time.

Sleep is one of those things that often gets put on the back burner. Often we have to decide between doing something we want to do, like watch Netflix, and sleep. In other instances, sleep might be high on your to-do list, but you may have kids that prevent you from making that happen.

What we do know is sleep deprivation can have huge impacts on our health. There are 2 types of deprivation:

  1. Acute, which is for a short period of time (like navy seal training where they stay up for 96+ hours)
  2. Chronic, which is for a long period of time. This is typically what we see if you miss out on 1 hour of sleep every night for years.

In this episode, Dr. Michael Grandner teaches us about the health impacts sleep can have, and strategies to improve our sleep.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • Common causes of sleep deprivation
  • How sleep physically impacts the overall body, and systems it can impact
  • Strategies for improving your sleep
  • How to monitor your sleep and make adjustments to your sleep protocols


  • [2:00] What got Dr. Michael Grandner so interested in studying sleep
  • [4:00] What can sleep deprivation do to your health
  • [6:30] Why do humans put sleep to the side all the time
  • [10:30] If you have chronic sleep deprivation, what are the long term effects on the body
  • [20:30] Sleep deprivation has huge impacts on mental health, which could be a reason for the increased teen suicide rates
  • [25:30] They have talked about switching school times for elementary and high school because of sleep studies
  • [28:00] How can adults start to improve their quality of sleep
  • [36:30] If you are laying in bed for 20-40 minutes and can't fall asleep, then get up. Don't train your body that the bed is for anything other than sleep
  • [42:00] How can we improve our environment for sleep and train ourselves how to not react to our environment
  • [45:30] What are ways to make the sleep apnea masks more comfortable and easier to use
  • [52:00] Can melatonin be helpful for improving sleep, and what are optimal doses for it to work well
  • [58:00] It only takes half of a mg of melatonin to regulate sleep
  • [63:00] Getting good sleep gives your body what it wants and needs, and makes you more productive and energetic

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Dr. Michael Grandner

Website: MichaelGrandner.com

Social Media: Facebook , Instagram , Twitter

Dr. Michael Grandner is a sleep specialist who teaches how to get the best sleep of your life

Dr. Michael Grandner is a sleep specialist who teaches how to get the best sleep of your life

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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