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Smarter Not Harder

Sep 27, 2023

In this episode of the Smarter Not Harder Podcast, our guest Dan Pardi joins our host Scott Sher to give one-cent solutions to life’s $64,000 questions that include:

  • How does GHB affect sleep and longevity and what is its role as an allosteric modulator of GABA A receptors?
  • What is the four-part model of behavior change and why is it important to note that knowledge alone isn't enough to bring about lasting change?
  • How can tracking our behavior help us stay mindful of our daily habits and what are the benefits and potential pitfalls of this approach?


Dan Pardi, PhD is the founder and CEO of the cutting-edge platform,,  which leverages a novel behavior model to promote health fluency, skill development, and lifestyle insights so people can master their health practice. He does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands where he investigates how lifestyle factors, like sleep, influence decision making, cognitive performance, and metabolism. 


What We Discuss:

01:37 - Understanding the Drug GHB

07:27 - How does GHB Work and Its Effects on Sleep and Longevity

14:19 - GHB vs. Sodium Oxybate

18:21 - How to Improve Health 

23:01 - Sleep Loss Studies

25:25 - Framework of a Behavioral Change Model

27:08 - Forming New Skills and Behaviors

30:50 - The Impact of Tracking on Lifestyle

37:57 - How to Define Health

45:00 - Evolutionarily Based Understanding of Health

49:41 - Health Performance Expert

52:43 - Preventing Diseases

55:57 - Behavior Changes

1:02:00 - Taking Care of Your Health

1:10:15 - Systems in Health

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