Health and Wellness

The Roots of Health

Meredith Rhodes Carson

The Roots of Health – Sleep and Circadian Rhythms – Dan Koifman

Here’s a disconnect for you – I hear this all of the time – I need more hours in a day… and while this is actually an impossibility… the modern solution to this problem is work into the evening, sacrificing time otherwise spent sleeping.  AND we don’t really think too much of that – because we can always hit the caffeine in the morning for a jolt of energy. I think this is a pretty common scenario – and I also think that we’re sacrificing a lot more than sleep when we live our lives this way.

My guest today is Dan Koifman, a nutrition and sleep health coach working with people around the world to help them lose weight, sleep sounder and live better.

Dan and I discuss what IS sleep (because he suspects that we don’t really know what it is), what are circadian rhythms (which are different than sleep), how humans used to sleep, what is it about our modern environment that gets in the way of quality sleep, the importance of actually getting quality sleep, and some tips on how to make that happen.

You might even learn something about your broccoli. You’ve been warned.

Although we didn’t discuss it in any detail during the show – Dan mentions that recognizing that he had sleep apnea was key in figuring out how he could get quality sleep. I later asked him how he treated it, and he provided me a link to a product called SnoreRx. After using this product – he no longer has clinical sleep apnea.

Dan’s Bio

Dan Koifman is a nutrition and sleep health coach working with people around the world to help them lose weight, sleep sounder and live better. He is passionate about nutrition and sleep after battling decades of obesity, insomnia and sleep disordered breathing

At his peak Dan lost 70 pounds and is now an early bird sleeping soundly through the night for the time in his adult life after decades of being a night owl with insomnia and a severe sleep disordered breathing condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Dan founded the popular online facebook group named Circadian Biohackers in which physicians, clinicians, researchers and laypeople alike share information, news and resources on improving sleep, health and circadian rhythms which currently boasts about 3,500 members worldwide. He is also an inventor and founder of a sleep and circadian rhythm health company currently in stealth mode, and studies biomedical science at the City University of New York.