Sleep in the Military, Warfighter as an Athlete & Tactical Breathwork with Lance Radford

Episode 62

In this episode, I speak with Lance Radford Lance Radford grew up in south Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 with a degree in Molecular Biology. After college, Lance enlisted in the US Air Force where he became a Force Protection and Anti-terrorism specialist. While serving, Lance deployed to Africa and the Middle-East as a team leader for the Air Force Special Operations Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element (DAGRE) teams. Now, Lance continues to serve in a Reservist capacity as a Combat Aviation Advisor and works in his free time to help people achieve their fitness and health goals as a coach and hosts The Warrior Monk Podcast.

Topics discussed:

Air Force & Military Life

Value of Service

After-Action Reports (AAR)

Military Treated as an Athlete

Mental & Physical Burden


Sleep Deprivation as a Tool

Tired, Hungry & Cold (THC)

Training Prepares You for Stress Response

Sleep Hygiene for Military

Culture Shifts

Open Communication to Address

Weekend Warrior Life

Creating Community

Tactical Breathwork

Instagram: @therwarriormonkpodcast


Entangled Life

Listening To:

Lord Echo

Favorite Rest & Recovery:


Soft Tissue Work prior to bedtime


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