Dr. Nicole Moshfegh: The Science of Sleep and Its Vitality to Self-Productivity | Work in Progress #6

In this episode, host Tia Hamer is joined by Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, a clinical and health service psychologist, author, and professor.

Productivity is commonly associated with performing and prioritizing more tasks at hand. Hence, doing numerous tasks may lead to less time dedicated to sleep. And when sleep is deprioritized, productivity and performance can suffer.

Meet Dr. Nicole Moshfegh

Dr. Nicole Moshfegh is a clinical and health service psychologist, author, and professor. She is the founder and director of We Rise Psychology, a clinical psychology practice in California that specializes in providing culturally informed, evidence-based care to “high achieving” professionals experiencing trauma and stressor-related symptoms such as insomnia, burnout, chronic fatigue, and anxiety. 

She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She received her doctoral and master’s degrees in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Upon graduating, she became a clinical supervisor and instructor for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCLA, where she conducted research, taught courses, and provided supervision for numerous doctoral trainees. 

Dr. Moshfegh helped establish the first physician/physician-trainee wellness center at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After many years serving in this role, Dr. Moshfegh has come to be known as the “doctor’s doctor” within the Los Angeles medical community. 

Throughout her career, she has provided treatment and coaching to thousands, including leaders from various Fortune 500 companies and top healthcare institutions. She has led research on burnout, physician well-being, sleep, and sociocultural determinants of health/wellness and is the author of The Book of Sleep: 75 Strategies to Relieve Insomnia

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Tia Harmer, Dr. Nicole discussed that productivity is the ability to do what a person needs to do or wants to do throughout the day. It is also the ability to meet one’s personal goal and how to stay in line with what said person values or stay true to themselves. 

When Tia asked Dr. Nicole if sleep influences an individual’s personal productivity, she said that there is a yes and no to that question. According to her, you can make your sleep more efficient, and that is actually really important. Still, you don’t want to place too much emphasis on that because anytime you put too much pressure on sleep, chances are your sleep is going to, unfortunately, take a hit as a result. You will see that it’s gonna be harder to sleep.

In conclusion

The most important thing to consider about your sleep is quality, not quantity. The quality of your sleep means you do solid, uninterrupted sleep because otherwise, it’s going to really impact the sleep phases that you’re entering. The architecture of your overall sleep will be impacted, and you’re going to notice that you’re not going to feel as great during the day.

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