The Science & Spirituality of Sleep | Dr. Rubin Naiman with Dr. Christine Schaffner
Sleep is an essential part of your daily routine, and you spend about one-third of your time doing it. Sleep is also critical for several brain functions, including how neurons communicate with each other. In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep.
In this Spectrum of Health Podcast episode, Dr. Schaffner sits down with Dr. Rubin Naiman to discuss current sleep research, the spiritual nature of sleep and learning from our dreams, and the epidemic of REM deprivation in our culture.
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, clinical assistant professor of medicine, and the sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, directed by Andrew Weil, MD. By merging scientific with psychological and spiritual approaches, Dr. Naiman has become a leader in the development of integrative approaches to sleep health.
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Dr. Naiman is the director of NewMoon Sleep, LLC, an organization that offers a range of sleep services and pieces of trainings internationally. He has worked with a diverse clientele ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to world-class athletes, from homemakers to politicians and entertainers. Dr. Naiman has helped develop sleep products ranging from mattresses to melatonin and provided consultation to organizations ranging from yoga ashrams to world-renowned rock bands.
He is the author of groundbreaking works on sleep, including Healing Night, Healthy Sleep (with Dr. Weil), The Yoga of Sleep, To Sleep ToNight, and Hush, as well as professional book chapters. He also blogs for The Huffington Post.
Dr. Naiman completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University and the University of Arizona, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology with honors and high distinction. He also completed his M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Arizona and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University (formerly U.S.I.U. and C.S.P.P.) in San Diego. Dr. Naiman has maintained a private psychology practice for more than twenty-five years and has worked as a consultant to businesses and organizations. For most of the past 20 years, he has focused on sleep and dream health services and products.
For more than a decade, Dr. Naiman served as the sleep and dream specialist at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, where he founded the first formal sleep center at a spa. Subsequently, he served as director of sleep programs for Miraval Resort. Dr. Naiman has worked with a diverse clientele ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to world-class athletes, from homemakers to politicians and entertainers. He has also provided consultation to organizations ranging from world-class resorts to top rock and roll bands. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Naiman has taught at many colleges and universities. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Naiman has given hundreds of public and professional presentations on a wide range of topics related to sleep and dreams, spirituality, stress, psychological aspects of illness, consciousness, creativity, and shadow work. He is comfortable in the public eye and widely acknowledged for his engaging and deeply informative yet lighthearted style. Dr. Naiman’s clinical work, professional trainings, and public presentations consistently receive strong accolades.