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Ronaldo, goOOOOOAAAALLLLL!! How does he do it? Believe it or not, even our favorite athletes only have 24 hours in a day… Listen to Drs. Haroon, Sohaib and Royan discuss peak athletic performance and the body clock.
Dr. Sohaib Imtiaz: Today we’ll be discussing sports and circadian rhythms. And first I think it’s important for us to recognize athletic performance and the implications of it and what it actually means. So athletes at the top level we’re talking about Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Usain Bolt, Renaldo Messi, all these big names, they’re always competing to get that extra 1 percent physiological advantage.
So for for the normal sports player, these 1 percents aren’t as important but when you’re competing at such a high level, all these 1 percents add up. So today is I think, a topic of discussion focuses on, is circadian rhythm important enough for athletes to be recognizing it as an influencing factor on their performance and their ability to reach peak performance? And with such high monetary value stakes nowadays on sports, globally for marketing companies and for atheletes, I think there’s massive implications of every edge they can gain. And as we’ll discuss in this show, circadian rhythm seems to be a massive factor in that. What do you guys think?
Dr. Haroon Kazem: Royan, what are your thoughts?
Dr. Royan Kamyar: Yeah, I think Sohaib, you hit the nail on the head that these 1 percent margins are basically the difference between, you know, gold or silver medal or basically not even showing up in the race. When you hit a certain level of athletic performance, one second or one millisecond can matter. I think the part I would add is that I do think there’s something that, you know, each of us can learn-even though we’re not Olympic athletes or World Cup athletes or professional athletes-from this discussion.
And that’s the part I’m interested in. You know, even though I’m not trying to win a gold medal or a silver medal in any particular race, I do want to be able to learn tips and insights that I can apply to my own life. I don’t need five or seven percent body fat to be happy and successful but I don’t want to develop prediabetes or diabetes and so some of these lessons in terms of physiological optimization I think can be adapted to the masses including ourselves.
Dr. Haroon Kazem: Yeah I got to agree with both of you. I mean, taking it from a high level perspective like the amount of like effort that goes into like you know finding ways to sort of you know beat beat the competition whether it’s performance enhancing drugs, whether it’s you know testing out the latest, greatest technologies in terms of athletic performance enhancement whatever it is like it’s-to me.
It’s very ironic that it could ultimately come down to the fact that like the most essential thing in the most simple thing is really one of the most effective things in terms of performance and that’s just getting enough sleep and managing the body clock. And I think this is gonna be an awesome show because this this study that we’re going to dive into in just a bit it really nails like you know the point in. And should we dive into that so far already or s...