Episode 030 – Interview with Ian Dunican on Recovery & Performance Optimization

Ian Dunican – Recovery & Performance Optimization

  • Irish Army
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, trail running and ultra marathons
  • Phd student @ University of Western Australia – Sleep and Performance in Elite Athlete

Ian Dunican - Sleep 4 Performance

  • Tell us about yourself
  • How do you measure sleep?
  • Are there differing levels of sleep?
    • Are there optimal amounts at each level?
      • Light sleep, Deep Sleep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement)
  • How much sleep does the average guy need or what is optimal?
    • Knowledge about sleep and kids/infants. How much they need, optimal times, etc.
  • How does this differ for elite athletes?
    • In your research, what kind of performance differences are seen when suitable sleep/recovery is allowed. –
  • Effects of caffeine on sleep
  • Electronic device usage impact on sleep & performance
  • Tips to help expedite sleep
    • Supplements
    • Zinc 30mg powder
    • Magnesium 5mg powder
    • Chamomile Teal
  • Partner sleep
  • Anything interesting that you have found in your research you would like to share?

Podcast Resources


  • 20 Workouts in your Underwear in under 20 Minutes: A selection of bodyweight workouts for the busy (Kindle Edition) $1 USD
  • Managing Sleep & Jet Lag for Optimal Performance: A guide for business and athletic performance (Kindle Edition) $3.50 USD
  • The science of sleep is the latest weapon being used by Perth’s top women’s basketball team with research carried out with The University of Western Australia offering hope to anyone who struggles to sleep through the night.
  • See how “water loading” strategies in combat sports are being investigated by AIS sports scientists -mThe AIS is the equivalent of the USA olympic training centre.

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