Roger W. Washington, M.D.

About Roger W. Washington, M.D.

Byline BIO: A Stanford Medical School graduate and Academy of Family Physicians Fellow, Roger W. Washington, M.D. has answered the question, “Doctor, Why Am I Sick?” for 30 years. In his first book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS,” Dr. Washington decodes the root cause of illness he discovered in California’s Silicon Valley, where sacrificing sleep is the norm. Learn more at www.SleepMattersTheBook.com

Broadcast BIO: Everyone who gets sick wants to know why and what they can do to prevent it from happening again. Our guest today is a medical doctor who has spent 30 years decoding the connection between stress, lack of sufficient sleep, and the cause of illness. Dr. Roger W. Washington is author of the new book “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS” (visit www.SleepMattersTheBook.com). Welcome, Dr. Washington. How does lack of sufficient sleep contribute to illness?

Full BIO: A Stanford Medical School graduate and Academy of Family Physicians Fellow, Roger W. Washington, M.D. has answered the question, “Doctor, Why Am I Sick?” for 30 years. In his first book, “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS,” Dr. Washington decodes the root cause of illness he discovered in California’s Silicon Valley, where sacrificing sleep is the norm. Son of a nurse and hospital attendant, and a father to teenagers Jared and Maya, Dr. Washington chose the all-encompassing medical training of a family practitioner to become a more effective healer as well as to realize his passion for teaching the principles of illness prevention.

Dr. Washington’s start in life was very challenging. At the tender age of 2, he was separated from his single working mother Mary and placed in a Catholic orphanage. Three years went by before his father Bill and stepmother, the saintly Cornelia Farmer, found him and brought him to their loving home with his sister and brother. Growing up in and around low-income projects in Elizabeth and Newark, New Jersey, his love of learning and rabble-rousing brought him notoriety and good fortune. After staging school walkouts in protest of budget cuts and organizing an after-school African-American club, he received a leadership scholarship to attend Pingry, a prestigious country day high school. Later, he received academic scholarships for the underprivileged to attend Denison University in Ohio, Pomona College in Southern California, and Stanford in Northern California. It was at Stanford that he chose to become a family practitioner, rather than specialize as his peers were encouraged to do. He reasoned this would enable him to give back by building a practice where he could also administer to the underserved. Yes, even wealthy Silicon Valley has pockets of underserved populations.

Dr. Washington now sees his choice as being fortuitous because by going against the grain, once again, and seeking broad medical training in family practice he discovered his ability to deeply listen and respond to causations, not just symptoms and disease states. Over the course of 30 years of practice, his holistic perspectives of our role in illness, and his principles of illness prevention organically emerged. Eventually, he derived a theory that decodes the root cause of most all disease in our can-do society.

In “Lack of Sufficient SLEEP MATTERS,” Dr. Washington takes us into his practice with patient stories showing how he listens with great curiosity about their activities, states of mind, and emotions leading up to when they became ill. He shows us how a crash and burn pattern develops and then startles us with the common threads he found across all sorts of illnesses. When he traces these illnesses back to his patients’ own habit patterns of dealing with life’s pressures by borrowing energy to accelerate their day-time activities, we’re floored to find an unpaid sleep debt at the nexus of them all. Not to leave the reader out of the equation, Dr. Washington derives SICK Qs, questions we all can ask ourselves, so we can decode the root cause of our own illness cycle.

As an idealist medical student who accepted scholarships for the disadvantaged, Dr. Washington made a commitment to making a difference in the world by teaching the principles of illness prevention. Little did he know it would lead to a theory that decodes the root cause of most all disease ­– the lack of sufficient sleep.

In addition to his book, Dr. Washington’s new non-profit organization, the Sleep to Live Well Foundation, plans classes and workshops to disrupt sleep-debt patterns that cause illness. He is also expanding his family practice to offer sleep therapy and coaching sessions for the more extreme cases. In his next book, The Euphoria of SLEEPING SOUNDLY, Dr. Washington will examine the power and gift of sleep, just how far out of touch our society is with sleep’s true nature and purpose, and he’ll rectify this by naturally realigning us with perception-altering insights and habit-changing coaching. Learn more at www.SleepMattersTheBook.com
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