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How to Optimize Sleep for Strength and Elite Performance w/ Allison Brager, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash – Barbell Shrugged #488

Dr. Allison J. Brager is a neuroscientist for the Army. She has worked at the storied Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. She and her team have leveraged sleep science discoveries  to provide fatigue management solutions to the frontlines.  

She sits on fatigue management working groups for the Office of the Army Surgeon General, the United States government, and NATO. She is also under candidate selection for the Army Astronaut Program in order to do research on the International Space Station. This past March, she was deployed to New York City to co-lead the COVID-19 clinical testing laboratory of the field support hospital established at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. 

Allison Brager is also a CrossFit “OG,” dating back to 2011. She was on a 2013 and 2015 CrossFit Games team out of Terminus Strength & Conditioning (formerly CrossFitTerminus) and competed as an individual in the 2012 and 2014 Southeast CrossFitRegionals. 

At present, she is an athlete of the Army Warrior Fitness Team and serves as the battalion’s Director  of human performance and outreach education. Her popular science book, “Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain,” which she started writing after the 2013 CrossFit Games and had it published right before the 2015 CrossFit Games, bridges her own athletic anecdotes with the latest neuroscience and “biohacks” of elite performance.

In this Episode of Barbell Shrugged:

How to optimizing sleep?

What supplements are best for optimizing sleep.

How much sleep do you really need every night.

What are the stages of sleep.

Does marijuana help with recovery?

How do I improve sleep quality with kids and busy schedule?

Should you take naps?

The front lines of Covid-19 in New York City.

Allison Brager on Instagram

Anders Varner on Instagram

Doug Larson on Instagram

Coach Travis Mash on Instagram


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