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Sleep science

The key to fixing a sleep problem

One of the keys to fixing a sleep problem is timing.

This is often overlooked and we talk more about the duration and quality of sleep. Actually, ‘when’ we sleep is incredibly important, if not more important.

I’m a sleep clinician. And earlier in my career I worked for Harvard sleep labs.

There we did a NASA-funded study looking at astronaut sleep.

We were looking at the timing of their sleep – when should these astronauts be sleeping? This is because our bodies run off an internal body clock system. If you muck up the timing on this clock, one of the things that you’ll notice is that your body doesn’t understand when to make you feel sleepy and when to make you feel awake.

So timing is one of the most important keys when it comes to fixing sleep problems.