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Psychiatrist on Social Jetlag, How Marijuana Affects Sleep, and Managing the Anxious Mind | E68 Jennifer Reid

August 1, 2022

There is nothing better than waking up in the morning feeling refreshed and energized. I love a good night’s sleep. On the flip side, if I didn’t get enough quality sleep, I might as well just take the L and call it a personal day.


As soon as I learned this about myself, I became attune to good sleep habits. I have no idea how I survived through college with an inconsistent sleep schedule, late night drinking, and early morning call times. I never looked at sleep as a critical aspect of my health like I did exercise and food.


If you take your sleep seriously like me, or are interested in improving in this area of health, you are going to love this conversation today.


Dr. Jennifer Reid is a board-certified psychiatrist who focuses on insomnia and anxiety. She is also an award-winning medical educator, regular contributor to Psychology Today with her blog, Think Like a Shrink, and the Host of the podcast, The Reflective Doc.


Jennifer really impressed me with her extensive knowledge of sleep. We cover a ton of great topics including marijuana and sleep, social jetlag, and her thoughts on sleep tracking wearables. 


We also conclude the episode discussing anxiety. Dr. Reid gives really great actionable advice on reframing “what if” claims to “if then” statements.


Show Notes:

[2:08] Data around cannabis and what Jennifer learned

[9:50] Why is sleep important

[16:49] Chronotypes and how sleep shifts throughout your life

[22:14] Social jetlag

[25:04] Sleep hygiene tips and alcohol use

[30:16] Caffeine and sleep drive

[34:44] Managing jet lag when traveling

[36:39] Jennifer’s thoughts on wearables

[40:19] The Anxious Mind and changing what if to if then



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