Chasing Sleep

Chasing Sleep

During the second season of “Chasing Sleep," new hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro explore the fascinating relationship with sleep and the far-reaching effects of sleep on our quality of life. Through engaging conversations with sleep experts and everyday people, they’ll uncover the intriguing connections between sleep and intimacy, parenting, creativity, work, and even our dreams. The podcast aims to help listeners understand the importance of getting quality sleep and how to get more of it.


July 11, 2023 24 mins

Hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro explore the fundamental relationship between our sleep and nature in the finale of Season 2 of “Chasing Sleep.” Discover how losing our bond to nature has impaired our ability to get quality restorative sleep. Episode guests Richard Louv, author of the influential book “Last Child in the Woods” and Sleep psychologist Dr Jade Wu discuss how to prevent “Nature Deficit Disorder”, ways to improve slee...

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Each year, Americans spend an estimated $64 billion on sleep supplements. In this episode, Katie and Adam ask Danielle LaFata, Director of Performance Nutrition for the NBA's Phoenix Suns and renowned sleep specialist Dr. W. Chris Winter to unravel the science behind popular sleep aids like melatonin, magnesium, and CBD. How do they work? Do they safely improve sleep or is it merely a placebo effect? How can sleep supplements contr...

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June 27, 2023 27 mins

How does your work quality improve when you get better sleep? Hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro speak with Ben & Jerry’s executive Sean Greenwood and renowned neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Chris Winter to find out. Chris explains why the CEOs and pro sports teams he consults with invest in sleep for performance, problem-solving abilities, competitiveness, and professional relationships. Sean shares the ice cream giant's...

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June 20, 2023 30 mins

In this episode of “Chasing Sleep”, hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro dive into the connection between sleep and creativity, exploring the value of quality sleep to the creative process. Dr. Sara C. Mednick, author of "The Power of the Downstate" and "Take a Nap! Change Your Life," explains how specific sleep phases like REM sleep influence physiological processes and brain waves to enhance creativity. We're also joined by musical...

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June 13, 2023 28 mins

We’ve all heard of “early bird specials,” but does that mean we’re all destined for dinner at 4pm and bedtime at 8pm? Do we need more sleep as we age and what role does sleep play in the way we maintain health as we age? In this episode, Katie and Adam talk with UCLA behavioral sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jennifer L. Martin and geriatric care expert Sarah Brown and learn how quality sleep can enhance quality of life by supporting...

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June 6, 2023 28 mins

Getting quality sleep as a parent may be one of the tougher parts of being, well a parent. Join hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro as they learn about achieving good, quality sleep for both children and parents. Dr. Jade Wu, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist at Duke University, shares tips on how parents can make sure they get good sleep themselves despite changing sleep patterns as children age. Pediatric sleep consultant Meg...

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May 30, 2023 29 mins

In this episode of “Chasing Sleep,” Co-hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro delve into the fascinating world of dreams to uncover what we know – and don't know – about what happens to our brains when we sleep. Katie and Adam reveal some of their own dreams to guest Justina Lasley, author of “Wake Up to Your Dreams,” and are amazed to discover how their dreams’ meaning may be connected to events, emotions, and concerns in their consci...

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May 23, 2023 32 mins

In the first episode of “Chasing Sleep” Season 2, new hosts Katie Lowes and Adam Shapiro talk with expert guest Dr. Wendy Troxel about how quality sleep can improve your relationship by boosting your mood, empathy, and even sex drive. They also dish about the challenges many couples encounter in the bedroom, from snoring to temperature differences, to going to bed at different times – all of which can negatively affect not only sle...

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“Chasing Sleep” returns for Season 2 to examine our relationship to sleep and how it impacts all facets of our lives.  Join our new hosts Katie Lowes (“Scandal” and “Inventing Anna”) and Adam Shapiro (“Never Have I Ever” and “She Said”) as they talk to everyday people and sleep researchers about the connections between sleep and parenting, intimacy, nature, work, and so much more.  Plus, they’ll explore the mysteries of our dreams,...

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November 25, 2022 27 mins

There’s more to sleep than being a good sleeper. So many factors—from overall health to our environments—impact our experience of sleep and how our brains and bodies behave while sleeping. From restless leg syndrome to sleepwalking to narcolepsy, researching and diagnosing sleep uncovers myriad solutions for getting the quality sleep that helps us live our best lives. In this episode, Anahad speaks with doctors whose passion and ca...

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November 18, 2022 26 mins

Most of us take sunset as the cue to start winding down our day, but what if the sun never sets? The remote city of Inuvik, Canada is so deep in the Northern Hemisphere that it experiences months of non-stop sunlight in the summer, followed by months of fulltime darkness in the winter. Host Anahad O’Connor sits down with Inuvik resident Adi Scott who details what it’s like to keep a sleep schedule when you can no longer rely on the...

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November 11, 2022 18 mins

Astronauts undergo rigorous training to prepare their bodies and minds for space, but once they arrive, the experience of being weightless thousands of miles above Earth is like nothing they’ve ever felt before. Join host Anahad O’Connor as he learns from former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander Leroy Chiao about what it’s like to work and sleep in space, including the dramatic changes the body endures over t...

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November 4, 2022 20 mins

When you’re a wildlife documentarian, you camp in the most remote parts of the world, ready at a moment’s notice to record elusive subjects. You also have to sleep when you can, where you can, often in extreme, uncomfortable, sometimes sub-zero conditions. Chris Morgan is a renowned filmmaker, ecologist and conservationist who’s journeyed the world, including deep into the Siberian tundra, tracking endangered species. With insights...

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October 21, 2022 26 mins

We may not think of gaming and eSports as physical events, but professional gamers like Will Wiggins, who goes by Black Oni on Twitch, condition themselves and their sleep as if they’re professional athletes to enhance performance and extend the longevity of their careers. Neurologist and sleep specialist Dr. Chris Winter, who works with professional sports teams, explains the science of sleep for performance, and how games may be ...

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October 14, 2022 24 mins

Emergencies can happen anytime, and ER doctors need to be ready and rested to treat everything from cardiac events to gunshot wounds or broken bones. Their work could mean life or death for the patients in their care. NYC ER doctor George Russo shares how he finds time to rest despite long days and constantly changing shifts in order to put patients first, while pulmonologist and sleep advocate Dr. Seema Khosla weighs in on the ben...

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October 7, 2022 28 mins

It’s said that “The news never sleeps,” but the reporters who are breaking news in this nonstop 24-hour cycle have to get shut-eye sometime. ABC News anchor Diane Macedo has worked all hours day and night in news, and while her passion for reporting has never diminished, the adrenaline and anxiety that come with the job makes getting quality sleep a challenge. Discover what sleep professionals say about that sensation of being “tir...

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September 30, 2022 25 mins

For most, it’s hard to fathom a 50-mile trek on foot across any terrain. But for YiOu Wang, a professional ultra-marathon runner, that kind of distance is all in a day’s work. It takes strategic training and relearning what it means to sleep and rest to prepare the body and mind for such exertion. Join host Anahad O’Connor to learn about the important role sleep plays in athletic training and competition. Plus, hear from neurophysi...

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September 14, 2022 1 min

Ever wonder how an astronaut conducts experiments in space at zero gravity? Or how an ultra-marathon runner completes a 100-mile race, running non-stop for almost 24 hours? The answer is good sleep. Welcome to “Chasing Sleep,” a brand new podcast from iHeart Radio in partnership with Mattress Firm. Join host Anahad O’Connor (The Washington Post) as he discovers how fascinating people from around the world prioritize sleep to perfor...

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