The Ed Mylett Show - Shawn Stevenson on How to Sleep Smarter

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

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)

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