Episode 8: Chris Winter, MD - The Unbreakable Bond Between Sleep and Performance


“Sleep isn’t sexy, but it is a performance enhancer, and the wise leverage it to their advantage.” - Dr. Chris Winter, MD

Dubbed "The Sleep Whisperer" by Arianna Huffington, Dr. Chris Winter, MD, is the medical director of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia and also one of the country's leading sleep researchers. When he is not seeing patients in his private clinic, he is often traveling across time zones to work with professional basketball, baseball, and hockey teams on the undeniable bond between sleep and performance.

His new book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How To Fix It will help you understand your own sleep issues and properly incorporate sleep and napping into your life. Skipping sleep shouldn’t be viewed as toughness or a badge of honor, but instead, a performance limiter. 

In this conversation with Matt Dixon, Dr. Winter explains:

  • The definitions of both good and poor sleep

  • Why should you buy into sleep as performance enhancement

  • The long-term repercussions of poor sleep habits

  • And, How to set up an approach to sleep that works for you

If you think quality sleep has no bearing on your performance in life or sport, think again. "Doing Well" and simply "Being Able to Do" are two different things. Both Matt and Dr. Winter want you to do well. In fact, they want you to be great and an optimized life includes quality sleep.