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In this episode I’m joined by Gary McLeod, one of the coaches and trainers at North Star Fitness, and a dear friend of mine. Gary is not only a personal trainer and CrossFit coach but also an Advanced Remedial Massage Therapist. I see him regularly for maintenance and I can tell you he’s a CrossFitter’s best friend. Gary also has a ton of experience coaching lifestyle and nutrition habits, so this is something we chat about on a regular basis.
In this podcast, we start off discussing how Gary got into health and fitness what CrossFit did for him. We discuss best practices for sleep and how improving your sleep hygiene can not only help your mood and performance in the gym, but also help you lose weight. We discuss the effects of light and food on sleep, as well as medications and supplementation for sleep. We include actionable tips and strategies to start improving your sleep today, and we issue a challenge to our listeners. We finish off the episode with some rapid fire questions so that you can get to know Gary a bit better.
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More About Gary
What We Talk About in this Episode
- How light exposure affects sleep.
- Why sleep is important for fitness and performance.
- How improving sleep quality and quantity can reduce cravings, improve blood sugar regulation and body composition.
- The link between temperature and sleep.
- Sleep strategies for shift workers.
- Why melatonin supplementation is not what you think.
- What supplements you can take instead.
- Strategies for reducing dependence on sleep medications.
- Gary’s recommendations for resources and books you can read on sleep.
- Rapid Fire Questions to get to know Gary.
This Week’s Challenge
People & Things We Mention in this Episode
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