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David Baddiel

About the presenter

David Baddiel is an award-winning comedian, author, screenwriter, director and television presenter known best for his work with Newman and Baddiel, Fantasy Football, Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned, and his platinum number one single Three Lions.
An award-winning author, David has written seven children’s books which have sold over a million copiesas well as four critically-acclaimed adult novels and the hit film The Infidel starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas and Miranda Hart.
David’s last stand-up show, My Family: Not the Sitcom, premiered at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory before going on to run for 15 weeks on London’s West End, receive an Olivier Award nomination, and complete national and international tours.

Summary

Scientists have discovered one simple trick which will make you live longer, reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's, and make you slimmer, happier, and more attractive.

It’s not a magic pill or ointment- and it won’t cost you anything. The secret? Harnessing the incredible power of sleep.

Over six episodes, a world expert on sleep will act as a guru to an insomniac comedian, transforming their nocturnal habits and showing how you can do the same. In our hectic modern lives, sleep can often feel like a luxury - studies have found that 52% of Britons struggle to sleep, while around 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder. However, our sleep guru and their celebrity apprentice will reveal that everything we thought we knew about sleep was wrong, and teach us how to capitalize on one of the most often neglected resources for transforming our lives.

Over the course of a journey to improve the star’s sleep quality, they will demystify the science behind how and why we sleep so that we can use it to make concrete improvements to our health, wellbeing, and productivity.

A TBI Media production for Audible Originals.

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Self indulgent dismissive of evidence

Me, me,poor me!

David wallows in the attention from sleep experts but then fails to take the only real advice that has an evidence base to it.

In part3 we a meet CBTI therapist who does a great job of explaining the approach and it’s benefits but is spoken over with some unnecessary mansplaining by the doctor. This gives the impression whether intended or not that David was not interested in hearing her “yadiyadiya” which is borne out at the beginning of chapter 4 when he tells us that he didn’t bother following her advice. In the final episode the doc is full of tea and sympathy for poor David and his lifestyle though both admit that if he could find it within his poor weak self CBTI would be worth another go. Typifies the quick fix generation who’d rather take a pill than diet, spend a fortune on gadgets to get a six pack than exercise or spend £600 on a sleep robot than follow some sound advice to readjust a sleep pattern. Then moan and complain that nothing really works and it’s just part of the poor helpless creature I am.

Bullshit

When you finally ‘wake up’ to that fact and put a bit of effort in you might actually get some results

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Ironically a good solution for insomnia

Managed to listen to first 2 and half episodes but can't bear to hear any more, it's really quite dull.
It comes across as a set of personal therapy sessions for David Badiel instead of what could have been a more objective investigation and experiences from others.

There are specialists injecting their expertise but they often get talked over or interrupted as David jumps in and enlightens his own experiences once again.

At one point, a female specialist was explaining a technique called CBTI but halfway through, they edited another specialist taking over her which I thought pretty rude.

Overall, the voices were quiet and there was ambient music throughout and coupled with the banal conversations is probably a good way to drift off.

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Far too much David Baddiel

The most positive way of getting to sleep is to count how many times Mr Baddiel says he is an insomniac, it has the same effect as counting sheep. Would like to have heard a lot more about CBTI other than the reasons why it wouldn't/couldn't work for him, as we are not all Stand up Comedians/writers/actors it would have been interesting to hear a less biased account of the procedure. As with any behavioural issues we have to want to change, I got the impression that David Baddiel prefers to carry on claiming to all and sundry that he is an insomniac.

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Helps me sleep!

This is listening to someone who has issues with sleep discussing it with professionals, which I am finding genuinely interesting. However I have to listen to each episode several times because I listen in bed, and it’s quite relaxing to listen to so I always fall asleep, miss it all and have to catch up in the morning! So it is helping me sleep, just maybe not in the way it intended!

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Learned more about David than sleep

I mean, it is true to what the title says, sleeping with David rather than actually learnings something about sleep.
The music and effects are very distracting, especially because cuts are almost every 30 seconds.
Very dismissive of real evidence and advice. I didn't even finish.

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Really annoying music,

Like a shopping trip to house of frazer half asleep with David badiel rattling on in your ears...

Why the department store music?

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disappointed

great idea but it's a shame David wasn't in a position to throw himself into the recommended treatments. I'd hoped for greater success for him or more info relevent for others with solvable issues. shame.

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Annoying background music

So irritated by unneccesary and very distracting music behind doctor's voice I had to switch off!

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Wanted much more

I was interested in this podcast a lot,but disappointed. All because David, as he had his own ideas in his head. He didn't want to change, just wanted a robot to do the work instead of him. The professor and the therapist lady has some great suggestions, but David didn't bother to even listen to them. It's like a person goes to the gp and he thinks he knows more then the doctors and everything they say is nonsense unless they agree with you.
Don't recommend to waste your time for this one.
Sorry

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Didn't learn anything

Just about the narrater own sleep problems nothing to help you with yours. I kept listening waiting for advice but it never happened.

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