Why Sleep Is MORE IMPORTANT Than Diet! | Shawn Stevenson

Last updated: Jun 1, 2023

The video is an interview with Shawn Stevenson, a bestselling author and sleep expert, who explains why sleep quality is more important than diet and exercise combined for our health and physical appearance.

The video features an interview with Shawn Stevenson, a bestselling author and host of the Model Health Show, who discusses the importance of sleep for overall health and well-being. He shares his personal story of overcoming a degenerative spine disease and emphasizes the power of making a decision to take control of one's health. The interview also touches on the placebo and nocebo effects and the importance of mindset in achieving optimal health.

  • Sleep quality is more important than diet and exercise combined for our health and physical appearance.
  • Health Theory's mission is to help people build an empowering mindset and get their health in order.
  • Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and sleep expert, host of the Model Health Show, and founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance.
  • Shawn Stevenson broke his hip due to a degenerative bone disease at the age of 20 and struggled with chronic pain until he decided to get well.
  • Getting enough high-quality sleep is essential for optimal health and performance, and chronic sleep deprivation can lead to health problems.
  • Improving nutrition, movement, and rest and recovery can lead to improved sleep and healing.
  • Believing in yourself, researching your health, experiencing rock bottom, and having a positive mindset can all be helpful for improving your health.
  • It's important to take responsibility for your own health and not rely solely on doctors or other people to solve your health problems.
  • Be open-minded and willing to learn from different sources, and don't give up on your health goals.

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Introduction

  • Sleep quality is more important than diet and exercise combined for our health and physical appearance.
  • Health Theory's mission is to help people build an empowering mindset and get their health in order.
  • Today's guest is Shawn Stevenson, a bestselling author and sleep expert.
  • Shawn Stevenson is the host of the Model Health Show, one of the most popular and longest-running podcasts on health and fitness.
  • Shawn Stevenson is also the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a functional medicine clinic.
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Shawn Stevenson's Hip Break

  • Shawn Stevenson broke his hip while running around the curve onto the straightaway during track practice.
  • There was no trauma involved, and nobody hit him.
  • He was diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease at the age of 20.
  • He went from chronic nuisance pain to chronic debilitating pain over the course of a few weeks.
  • His first physician told him that he had the spine of an 80-year-old man and that there was nothing he could do about it.
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The Nocebo Effect

  • Shawn Stevenson spent the next two and a half years in a lot of pain, taking a lot of drugs, and just laying on his floor.
  • He saw different doctors and went through the whole gamut of why me, why won't somebody help me.
  • He was playing the victim role until he decided to get well.
  • Most people never make a real decision about their health.
  • The word decision is from the Latin day meaning from and Qadir which means to cut, so when you make a real decision about something, you cut away the possibility of anything else but that thing.
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The Importance of Sleep

  • Sleep quality is more important than diet and exercise combined for our health and physical appearance.
  • During sleep, our body repairs and regenerates itself.
  • Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and depression.
  • Getting enough high-quality sleep is essential for optimal health and performance.
  • Shawn Stevenson recommends getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night and creating a sleep-friendly environment.
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Importance of Nutrition

  • Changed the way of eating to give the body raw materials to regenerate.
  • Discovered that calcium is one of the least important things for strong bones.
  • Found out that silica, magnesium, sulfur bearing amino acids are more important for strong bones.
  • Started flooding the body with important nutrients through food.
  • Hydration is important for the discs in between the vertebrae in the spine.
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Importance of Movement

  • Exercise is about assimilation and elimination.
  • Walking while taking specific supplements for bones can increase bone density.
  • Movement is important for elimination of toxins through the lymphatic system.
  • Movement is important in healing and preventing atrophy.
  • Encourages people to do what they can in an intelligent way.
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Importance of Rest and Recovery

  • Rest and recovery is the most important part of healing.
  • Resting a lot by not doing anything is not the same as rest and recovery.
  • Struggled with sleeping due to pain and medication.
  • Improved sleep leads to improved healing.
  • Body releases human growth hormone and reparative enzymes during sleep.
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Conclusion

  • Sleep quality is more important than diet and exercise combined for health and physical appearance.
  • Improving nutrition, movement, and rest and recovery can lead to improved sleep and healing.
  • Encourages people to prioritize sleep and make necessary lifestyle changes for better health.
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Believing in Yourself

  • It's important to acknowledge that it is possible to improve your health.
  • Believing that you can get better is the first step towards taking action.
  • It's important to take responsibility for your own health.
  • Don't rely solely on doctors or other people to solve your health problems.
  • If you really want something, make a study of it and learn as much as you can.
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Researching Your Health

  • Researching your health can be incredibly complex, but it's important to make sense of it.
  • Look for information in medical journals and anecdotal evidence.
  • Don't just look for information that confirms your beliefs, also look for information that challenges them.
  • Be careful with studies and who is funding them.
  • Try to understand the benefits and drawbacks of different health approaches.
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The Power of Rock Bottom

  • Experiencing rock bottom can be a powerful motivator for change.
  • When faced with a difficult health situation, you have a choice to make: continue as a victim or take action.
  • It's important to realize that no one else can do the work for you.
  • Use your own voice and intuition to guide your health decisions.
  • Don't be afraid to try new things and take risks.
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Perspective and Mindset

  • Having a positive mindset and perspective can be incredibly helpful for improving your health.
  • Experiencing different environments and situations can help you develop a more well-rounded perspective.
  • Don't let other people's opinions or beliefs hold you back from pursuing your own health goals.
  • It's important to be open-minded and willing to learn from different sources.
  • Don't give up on your health goals, even if it takes time and effort to achieve them.
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Early Life and Values

  • Environment in early childhood lays foundation for subconscious programming.
  • Grandmother instilled value of education and love for learning.
  • Shifted to environment with abuse and financial struggles.
  • Learned valuable lesson that there is always a way to figure things out.
  • Combination of values and experiences led to moment of decision and sense of self.
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Finding Center in Adversity

  • People who make it through adversity find a sense of self and inner compass.
  • Inner cities can break people, but those who find center are the ones who succeed.
  • Having a sense of self makes adversity less daunting.
  • Appropriate for Shawn's focus on sleep, which helps with mental and emotional resilience.
  • Integrity and righteous action are important to Shawn.
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Importance of Sleep

  • Shawn initially believed food was the most important factor in health.
  • Realized that some people were not seeing results despite good nutrition and exercise.
  • Started asking about sleep and found it to be a major factor in health and wellness.
  • Many people resist changing their sleep habits.
  • Sleep is crucial for physical, mental, and emotional health.
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Choosing Integrity Over Profit

  • Publisher suggested Shawn write a diet book for profit and fame.
  • Shawn chose to focus on sleep because it was the truth that needed to be told.
  • Integrity and making a positive impact on the world are more important to Shawn than profit.
  • Sleep is a crucial but often overlooked aspect of health and wellness.
  • Shawn is part of a larger cultural shift towards prioritizing sleep and overall health.
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Importance of Sleep Quality

  • Sleep quality is more important than diet and exercise combined for our health and physical appearance.
  • Optimizing sleep quality can help with weight loss, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
  • Improving sleep quality can be done through clinically proven strategies that are easy to implement.
  • Optimizing sleep quality can lead to significant improvements in overall health and well-being.
  • Getting optimal sleep can lead to more fat loss than diet and exercise alone.
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Core Components of Sleep

  • Sleep is regulated by changes in brainwaves.
  • There are different stages of sleep, including deep anabolic dreamless sleep.
  • Optimizing certain things can help us cycle through these stages more efficiently.
  • Melatonin is a sleep hormone that helps our body efficiently go through sleep cycles.
  • Regulation of core body temperature at night can facilitate sleep.
  • Insomnia can be caused by high body temperature at night, which can be lowered with a thermo suit.
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The Anabolic Window

  • The anabolic window is generally between the hours of 10pm and 2am.
  • Going to bed during this time can lead to spending more time in the deepest, most anabolic stages of sleep.
  • Going to bed consistently at this time can lead to producing more human growth hormone.
  • Quality of sleep is more important than quantity of sleep.
  • Optimizing sleep quality can lead to feeling better even with less sleep.
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The Importance of Sleep Quality for Overall Health

  • Quality of sleep is more important than quantity of sleep.
  • Optimizing sleep quality can lead to significant improvements in overall health and well-being.
  • Improving sleep quality can help with weight loss, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
  • Optimizing sleep quality can lead to more fat loss than diet and exercise alone.
  • Insomnia can be caused by high body temperature at night, which can be lowered with a thermo suit.
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