The Project Sleep Podcast: Shifting Cultural Perceptions of Sleep

Sleep Insights Series Ep. 8 – Shifting Cultural Perceptions of Sleep with Dr. Michael Grandner

Sleep is often seen as this boring thing that doesn’t get us anywhere. In this podcast, we speak with sleep expert, Dr. Michael Grandner about re-shaping cultural perceptions of sleep, seeing sleep as an investment in our future. We also discuss the importance of winding down at night and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

Meet Our Episode Guest

Dr. Michael Grandner, a white man with short, light colored hair wearing a muted teal colored polo shirt.

Dr. Michael Grandner is a licensed clinical psychologist, Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona, and Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic at the Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. He is also a member of Project Sleep’s Expert Advisory Board.

Find out more about Dr. Grander at his website: and on Instagram at @michaelgrandner.

Project Sleep recorded this conversation in March 2020, during Project Sleep’s annual Sleep In to help society make peace with sleep. Learn more:

More with Dr. Michael Grandner

Sleep, Race, & Health Disparities Podcast

What is the connection between sleep, race, ethnicity, and health disparities? What is being done to reduce these disparities? In this podcast episode, Dr. Michael Grandner provides an overview of sleep health disparities research. Next, Dr. Carmela Alcántara highlights a community engagement sleep intervention in the Spanish-speaking LatinX population.

Black American Sleep Focus Groups Research

Project Sleep partnered with Dr. Robert W. Turner II and Dr. Michael Grandner to hear first-hand perspectives on sleep and sleep disorders from Black Americans, trusted community and faith leaders, and health care providers. This project aims to uncover important insights that will inform future sleep awareness and education campaigns to reduce delays to diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in Black American communities.

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