Joe Rogan interviewed David Pakman, host of the The David Pakman Show, on episode #1479 of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.
The discussion mainly focused on politics, but Rogan and Pakman began discussing the effects of the novel coronavirus. Rogan revealed that he actually lost sleep in the early days of the pandemic. According to the popular podcaster and stand up comic, his sleep tracker showed that he only recovered 13%, meaning that he wasn’t getting restorative sleep.
Rogan attributed that to the effects of coronavirus anxiety. He said that he was worried about whether he would personally catch it and was also stressed out about the possibility of mass casualties and a potential societal breakdown.
Joe Rogan, sleep, and coronavirus anxiety
What exactly did Joe Rogan say about how coronavirus anxiety affected his sleep? Here’s a transcript:
Joe Rogan: I was really worried. The first couple weeks of this I was scared out of my mind. I was like this could be 10% of us are dead. People just dropping dead in the street left and right I was really worried about it.
Because you hear the stories: the salacious, crazy, horrible stories are the ones that get the most press no matter what the subject is. And of course when it comes to a pandemic the ones people want to hear about is ‘there’s a 28-year-old guy, he’s a fitness instructor and now he’s in a coma’. Like ‘holy shit’. Those ones that really scare the fuck out of you. Those are what you kept hearing so I’d wake up in the middle of the night wondering ‘does my breath feel short’?
The anxiety was keeping me from sleeping well. I have a Whoop strap that measures my sleep. I check the app and I would look at my recovery and it was like 13%. I was like ‘what the fuck’? It was because I was freaking out because I’m up all night worrying about whether society’s going to fall apart and everyone’s going to die. So it took a while for me to relax. I guess probably a couple weeks before I was getting real consistent sleep and feeling much better. But I’m still very very worried about what it’s going to be like once things restart.
Why it’s important to sleep during the COVID crisis
While politicians and celebrities are emphasizing how important it is to maintain social distance and lock down businesses, they have been putting zero effort into educating people on how to improve their immune system and general health.
If you want to reduce your chances of catching the ‘rona it’s important to eat healthy, exercise, and SLEEP. Joe Rogan has been one of the only media personalities talking about the importance of improving your health during the pandemic.
Rhonda Patrick, a frequent guest on JRE, strongly stated that sleep is one of the most important things you can do to boost your immune system. Joe Rogan has gone on record stating that he makes sure that he gets 8 hours of sleep every night. If someone as busy as Rogan can do it, you can too.
Dr. Fauci did briefly mention that he’s been sleeping more to protect himself since he was only sleeping 3 hours per night at the beginning of the crisis. Other than that brief mention, he hasn’t done a very good job of making sure that the American people start taking care of their health.
Bottom line: get sleep. It’s important. Even if you never catch COVID-19, it has innumerable benefits for your physical and mental well-being.