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Welcome to The Vitality Secret Podcast. I am Neil Cannon, author of The Vitality Secret, certified fitness nutrition specialist, health coach and creator of an award-winning online program. Listen to inspiring interviews with people who have reversed “incurable diseases.” Each person shares their journey of determination and curiosity, which ultimately prepared them for a far better life beyond survival…one rich in vitality. 

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Mar 19, 2021

In this interview, world renowned sleep expert, Dr Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor, discusses the importance of high quality sleep and how to achieve it, some powerful “sleep hacks” around caffeine and alcohol, its role in reducing inflammation and strengthening our immune system and much, much more. What an honour to have this gentleman on my podcast!  

For Video Interview, please go to my blog here


3 mins - Dr Breus´background, education, inspiration 

5 mins - Change people’s lives in 24 hours. "When you change someone’s sleep, you change their lives - mood, vitality, testosterone, inflammation, everything about them" 

7 - We are at the early stages of Sleep Medicine 

9 - Everyone can relate to sleep and challenges  

10 - My insomnia experience 

11 - Sleep Hacks 

12 - Caffeine and its parameters  

13 - Half life of caffeine 

15 - Caffeine sensitivities & stimulants 

16 - Fun caffeine hack: The “Napolatte”

20 - Sunshine breaks 

21 - Morning hydration 

23 - A powerful morning routine 

24 -  It turns out that most of the time we don’t need caffeine 

25 - Alcohol & its effects on sleep 

27 - How to hack alcohol consumption. 

28 - Unconsciousness vs actual sleep 

29 - The circadian rhythm of alcohol dehydrogenase hormone 

32 - Systems check 

33 - Sleep is the process of body recovery

34 - Sound bite - If you just breathe, drink, sleep - winning 

35 - Circadian rhythms and chronotypes  

36 - PER3 gene - night owl versus early bird 

37 - Genetic form of insomnia 

38 - Lions, Bears, Wolves

43 - - discover your Chronotype 

45 - Sleep and inflammation 

46 - How does sleep help control inflammation? 

  • Lack of sleep raises levels of inflammation
  • Too much sleep raises levels of inflammation 
  • Sleep deprivation leads to increased C-RP

48 - How do we know if we’re sleep deprived and how long should it take to fall asleep?

49 - What happened when Dr Michael was on the Oprah Winfrey show..

50 - Covid and sleep - direct link with cytokine inflammatory response, and melatonin. Melatonin can regulate the cytokine response - Cytokine storm - soundbite 

51 - If melatonin is not present, response continues to rise 

52 - Soundbite on Vitamin C IV

53 - Sugar on sleep and inflammation 

54 - Reference to sugar on rheumatoid arthritis patient 

55 - Were immunosuppressed if we are inflamed - immediate effect 

56 - Step 1: go to to find our your sleeping type. Listen to hear steps 2, 3, 4. Wake up routine 

57 - Grounding and sleep 

58 - EMF Sensitivity. Cell phone use reduces melatonin production. Grounding pad results 

59 - Painting a Faraday Cage 

60 - The Hidden Rainbow: EMFs exposure and what happened preceding every pandemic for 220 years 

61 - Earthing & Grounding 

62 - Routines: Breathwork and Meditation 

63 - “Sleep is a lot like love”

63 - The Sleep Doctor´s #1 Vitality Secret 

64 - Find Dr Michael Breus here: - for articles on sleep, inflammation, testosterone and Covid 

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