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Monarch Human Performance Podcast: Dr. Allison Brager.

Major Allison J. Brager is a neuroscientist for the United States Army. She has worked at the storied Walter Reed Army Institute of Research outside Washington, DC. where she and her team have leveraged sleep science discoveries to provide fatigue management solutions to the frontlines.  

At present, she is an athlete of the Army's Warrior Fitness Team and serves as the battalion’s Director of Human Performance and Outreach Education. She sits on fatigue management working groups for the Office of the Army Surgeon General, the United States government, and NATO. She is also under candidate selection for the Army Astronaut Program in order to do research on the International Space Station. This past March, she was deployed to New York City to co-lead the COVID-19 clinical testing laboratory of the field support hospital established at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Allison Brager is also a CrossFit "OG," dating back to 2011. She was on a 2013 and 2015 CrossFit Games team and competed as an individual in 2012 and 2014 Southeast CrossFitRegionals.  Her popular science book, "Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain," which she started writing after the 2013 CrossFit Games and had it published right before the 2015 CrossFitGames, bridges her own athletic anecdotes with the latest neuroscience and "biohacks" of elite performance.

On this episode Allison talks about:

  • Her decision to join the Military.

  • The various roles and opportunities within her career so far from leading in a clinical laboratory during Covid-19 in New York to being a member of the Army warrior fitness team and being put forward for the Army Astronaut programme.

  • The benefits of sleep as well as the risks of not getting enough sleep.

  • The importance of sleep quality and quantity.

  • How people can set themselves up for the best possible nights sleep.

Book recommendations from this episode:

You can follow Allison via Instagram @docjockzzz as well as checking out her book Meathead: unraveling the athletic brain by Allison Brager

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