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Show 804: The Power of Rest

Incorporating rest into an active life can increase energy and improve health.
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The Power of Rest

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Is rest a waste of time? Many of us think so, but burning the candle at both ends has its costs. Eventually, the result is burnout along with physical and emotional exhaustion.

Balancing Rest and Activity

While sleep is crucial for good health, sleep alone may not suffice to restore health. Dr. Matthew Edlund believes that using rest deliberately, in addition to activity, provides unanticipated benefits. He tells us how to improve the efficiency of our sleep time and how to tap the power of rest.

This Week’s Guest

Matthew Edlund, M.D., is an expert on rest, sleep, performance and public health, and the author of The Power of Rest, The Body Clock Advantage, and Designed to Last. His previous articles can be found at He is the Director of the Gulf Coast Sleep Institute Center for Circadian Medicine, Sarasota, Florida.

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This archive show is scheduled for broadcast on November 29, 2014.  The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date, December 1, 2014.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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Getting enough sleep and learning when and how to rest is critical for maintaining good health.

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