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Wellness Series 2: Improving Your Sleep Quality | Jamie Zeitzer

Today’s episode is the second in a three-part series looking at wellness through the lenses of movement, sleep, and mindset. For today’s conversation, Melissa and Hannah invite Professor Jamie Zeitzer to discuss his work on sleep. Jamie is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, conducting research in the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. Jamie is very “light focused” in his research, working a lot with circadian rhythms, which are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. Americans spend just about 7% of their time in natural light and our circadian rhythms are very sensitive to lights. Jamie recommends going outside just a half hour every day can help set us up for better sleep at night. Additionally, exercise, regular routines, and temperatures can be important to getting better sleep. He also recommends being more cognizant of what is helpful and relaxing to you before going to sleep.

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Today we are talking with Professor Jacob Goodin. Jacob is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, and was previously the head strength and conditioning coach and sport scientist for Eastern Tennessee State University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams. We learn more about Jacob’s work in the lab and as a biomechanics teacher for many students around the world through his fantastic YouTube channel. His videos spanning movement science – from at-home workouts to statistics in kinesiology, all taught in a free, accessible, and exciting way – so much to learn from!

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Connect with Jacob Goodin!
Jacob’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrJacobGoodin/
Jacob’s faculty profile: https://www.pointloma.edu/faculty/jacob-goodin-phd-cscs-isak-ii

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The Biomechanics of Movement course on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3vG2068

We had a great conversation with Professor Nadia Azar, an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor. For the first time on BOOM, we learn about the biomechanics of drumming and playing other musical instruments. Nadia shares her findings on the mechanics of how playing-related injuries occur and how to prevent them, along with her own journey through biomechanics and music, and how learnings from each can inform the other. One of our favorite takeaways was from Nadia is where she talks about her quest to be an imperfectionist, and learns that at some point you just have to say, “F*** it, the essence is there.”

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Bio: https://www.uwindsor.ca/kinesiology/455/dr-nadia-azar
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Additional resources:
– TED Ed animation from Bit of BOOM “How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng
– Music Education and the Brain: What Does It Take to Make a Change? – Anita Collins, 2014: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/8755123313502346

We talked with Professor Hamid Charkhkar from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Anna Smith, a former Case Western student and research assistant in Professor Charkhkar’s neuroprosthesis group. We discussed the importance of being open to feedback from all stakeholders for human-centered research, how to translate that into holistic treatment strategies personalized to individual users, and about the impactful neuroprostheses that integrate sensory abilities being developed by Hamid’s lab. Anna highlights her experience learning that “I don’t know” is a valid answer in research while Hamid reminds us that things not going according to plan is an expectation in human research.

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charkhkar/

Profile: https://www.aptcenter.research.va.gov/staff/investigators/charkhkar/

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aks174/

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Resources Bit of BOOM: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41563-021-00966-9

This Student Voices episode is hosted by Michael Rose, a former clinical research coordinator and soon-to-be PhD student. In the episode Michael interviews three friends and colleagues – Ophelie Herve from UCLA, Gabi Diaz from CU Boulder, and Garrett Weidig from Michigan State University – on their experiences starting their PhD programs in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics range from integrating into new environments under lockdown measures and the pandemic’s impact on early research progress to how expectations were managed and advice for future graduate students.

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