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I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show. 

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions. 

This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together! 

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Thanks for listening!

Nik Hawks

Jun 23, 2015

Ian Dunican joins us today to talk about one of his favorite subjects (other than jiu-jitsu and ultra running), which is sleep.  He's currently working on a PhD at the University of Western Australia (UWA) focused on the question, "Can you use sleep as a performance enhancer?"

Starting off in the Irish Army as an infantryman, after five years he left the military and moved into personal training, eventually following his wife to Western Australia where he settled down and ended up working for the mining industry as a Human Performance and Health & Safety project manager.  He has a Master's Degree in Mining Engineering, an MBA, and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science from UWA.

A well traveled man, Ian has lots of experience and education about sleep on this podcast, from the basics of sleep hygiene to how much sleep you need as an athlete to the difference between chronotypes such as larks and owls, how to beat jetlag and the best way to adjust to sleeping at altitude. 

Ian discusses the best times to schedule meetings and make decisions, the worst times to quit, and everything in between.  A finisher of the Leadville Trail 100 (in 2013) and a BJJ blue belt, Ian backs up his academic knowledge with a lifetime of practical application with elite athletes, the military, and the corporate world. 

If you'd like to connect with Ian he's @sleep4perform on Twitter or @sleep4perform on Facebook, or you can grab his email at the end of the show.

Enjoy!