Updated: Apr 21
Shawn Stevenson is a Nutritionist and Health & Wellness expert. He was diagnosed with "Degenerative Disk Disease" at a young age, and suffered from 2 ruptured disks. Understanding how important a role sleep plays into peak performance, we wanted to outline the episode put you in a position for maximum recovery and sustained success.
"Just because you have a genetic predisposition doesn't mean something's not going to develop."
Placebo's are 33% effective. Nocebo - you believe it and it starts to happen
Shawn made the decision to get well. No matter What.
On traditional education - "We are often taught about sickness, not about health."
"Life happens for us, not to us."
Why does sleep matter?
Visceral connection of your body competition
Monitored a dieters results - Allowed 8 hours of sleep, lost 55% more body fat (not weight)
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) - there is a noticeable drop when you're 18-21. Your sleep schedule is significantly impacted during that time.
Melatonin is a very powerful fat-burning hormone.
Increases mobilization of brown adipose tissue (brown fat)
Burns fat in general
There is more optimal sunlight during the day, which elevates your cortisol levels, lowering your melatonin. Sunlight also increases production of serotonin. Serotonin is a precursor to melatonin.
You have 400 times for melatonin in your gut than you have in your brain.
Sleep, in many ways, starts in your gut.
Gluconeogenesis - metabolic pathway that results in the generation of glucose from certain non-carbohydrate carbon substrates
Muscle is a fat-burning machine (even more of a reason to exercise and lift weights)