Gym Laird #02 | Dr. Kirk Parsley - Why Sleep is Important

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In this episode of the Gym Laird Show, former Navy SEAL, medical doctor and sleep specialist Dr. Kirk Parsley joins Jim to discuss how sleep deprivation affects performance, fat loss, and overall health.

They also explore why sleeping pills are not a band-aid to rely on and what they actually do to the body internally. Additionally, Dr. Parsley goes into detail on why he tells those with sleep issues that they need to make the rule that their bed should be for sleep and sex only.

Doctor Parsley has been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and has served as Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine. In addition, he is certified in hormonal modulation (Age-Management Medicine). After leaving the Navy he went into concierge medicine and consulting. He continues to consult for multiple corporations, and professional athletes/teams. Doctor Parsley lectures worldwide on sleep, wellness, and hormonal optimization and is currently completing a book on sleep and health optimization. His passion is to help his patients and clients achieve the highest quality of life possible, and realize their health, performance, and longevity goals.

To learn more about Dr. Parsley, click the following link:

1. Doc Parsley website.


Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB. Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters. As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Learn more about Jim on his blog:

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