Join Andrew in this interview with Tucker Peck PhD, a sleep expert, meditation teacher and clinical psychologist. Tucker has trained formally in meditation since 2005. He has studied with Sharon Salzberg of the Insight Meditation Society. He has also studied with Upasaka Culadasa (Dr. John Yates) of Dharma Treasure, who approved Tucker to teach meditation. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University, and he received his Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona.
He is a published author on the scientific study of meditation and a faculty member of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is the founder and former Director of Palo Santo Psychotherapy & Wellness.
He is also the founder of the Open Dharma Foundation and was a founding board member of Culadasa’s Dharma Treasure sangha. For four years he also served as the president of the Tucson Community Meditation Center. He is currently launching DrugFreeSleep.com, an online course to overcome insomnia.
In this interview with Tucker Peck, Andrew and Tucker cover very practical tips around sleep disorders and how to manage them. Much of their focus is centered around insomnia, and treatments for it such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is a method that addresses insomnia without the use of sleeping pills. They also get into the danger of prescription sleep drugs.
The importance of sleep hygiene is addressed, including the problem with artificial light. They also talk about how to work with jet lag and the use of melatonin with international travel. As both Andrew and Tucker center much of their work around meditation, they of course cover how meditation does – or doesn’t – fit into sleep disorders. Tucker’s breadth of his scientific knowledge and clinical experience in treating sleep issues is evident.