Somnology (SLEEP) with Dr. W. Chris Winter


Birds do it. Bees do it. Why the hell can't we do it? Called "The Sleep Whisperer," neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. W. Chris Winter joins Alie for a thrilling 2-parter about why we need sleep, the ideal amount of it, what sleep does to the brain, insomnia, sleep stages, ideal bedtime conditions, and even the historical lore around sleep paralysis. Next week, we'll answer listener questions about everything from sleeping pills to brain performance to insomnia cures to apnea to sleepwalking to parenthood and shift work. Think of it as a free seminar to fix your life. Maybe.

Listen to part 1 on Stitcher, iTunes, Art19, Spotify or wherever you get podcasts.


Listen to part 2 on Stitcher, iTunes, Art19, Spotify or wherever you get podcasts.


Dr. W. Chris Winter's sleep clinic

Dr. W. Chris Winter's book


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Sound editing by Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Some links which may be of use to you:

How to Make That Cheddar While Drooling

Let C3P0 Annoy You into Consciousness

Brain boner while in dream state

Property Hunks

REM sleep is your fren’ sleep

You’re either REM or …you’re not

This is your brain on tired

Drowsy Redditors tell all

This brain do-dad makes you sleep

When you’re not sleeping but actually you’re sleeping. Just poorly.

Drowsiness: is expensive


CDC is like, can you not drive tired please?

The Night Hag just wants to party

Maiken Nedergard

Don’t buy Tom Brady’s pajamas. Just sleep in a colder room.

Lord Epworth, the Baron of Naps

Nice looking Nokia watch

CDC is all: sleep like this though?

Part 2 links:

How We Used to Sleep (hint: not much better)

CPAP 101


What IS shift work exactly?

At Day’s Close — perfect bedtime read

Shift Work: no joke, fam

Leptin and Gherkin fight it out in your tired noggin

Junk sleep = junk food

Baby cages, I mean if we’re being honest

Every Day is Like Sunday when you’re tired

Blocking the melatonin cockblockers with blue blockers

Cheapie blue blockers

Dont stay up late watching Insomnia

Olde timey lucid dreaming

Put your hands together for…Lucid Dreaming!

Booze and sleep

Alie Ward