Surgeon General Says Here’s How to Sleep Right — Eat This Not That

As the host of Clever Podcast actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes usually have people who know more than they do. That was perhaps never truer this week as she asked US surgeon General Dr. Invited Vivek Murthy as a guest. He spoke about big issues – climate change, the pandemic – but also a daily habit we could all improve. “I’ve never been someone who’s slept consistently my entire life,” Murthy admitted. “It was kind of a lifelong struggle. I’ve generally operated as a night owl most of my life, but I have to get up very early, so it’s not a good combination.” His young son also sleeps with him for comfort. “But half the night he’s like he’s going to hit me, kick me. …just make sure I’m still there.” So what should Dr. Doing Murthy better and how can his advice work for you? He shared the ideas with the hosts. Read on for five essential tips – and don’t miss them – to ensure your health and the health of others Sure signs you already had COVID.


“What I really should be doing is I should be getting about eight hours of sleep a night — seven to nine is what most people need,” he said. “As we all know, health is closely intertwined with culture: what we eat, how active we are, how much we sleep. These are ingrained in cultural norms. Strong people didn’t need sleep, the less you slept, the more you powered through a hard night without sleep, the stronger you were. It’s not helpful to have a culture that supports such unhealthy practices,” he has said in the past.

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“I should sleep at a consistent time each night and keep distractions away from me if I sleep like phones all the time,” Murthy said.

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“I didn’t prioritize sleep hygiene,” Murthy admitted. Arnett does. “Admiral, and I’m sorry I hate to literally berate you,” he said, “but I’m over here like a field marshal of sleeping because once I put the kids to bed at… 9, 9:30 , I’m in bed, I read a little – old school, real book, I put my device away – and I go to sleep and it’s very important. My sleep is very, very important to me… And me. I’m only saying this because I want to show that I have better sleep hygiene than the surgeon general. And those are things you don’t have to do often.”

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“Put yourself in the right place,” Murthy agreed. “Like when you start to sleep. Because our thoughts are like walking a thousand miles an hour and a thousand directions. Right?

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Getting proper sleep can boost your immune system, which is never more important than during this horrible pandemic. Follow public health principles and help end this pandemic no matter where you live – get vaccinated as soon as possible; If you live in an area with low vaccination rates, carry an N95 protective mask, do not travel, maintain social distancing, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not seek shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others do not visit you neither 35 places where you are most likely to contract COVID.

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