INSIDER STORY: How This Anesthesiologist Sleeps
As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Cedric Dupont knows about sleep. How to put people under, how to monitor them, what to look for, what small changes in body temperature or heart rate require action and adjustment. Here’s how he describes his job: “It’s like being a captain on an airplane: during takeoff and landing, a lot of things can happen. That’s the part where the most can go wrong. And in the middle, the surgeon can have a problem—hit a blood vessel or something—just like a pilot can have something that malfunctions, so my job is to observe everything and pay attention to anything that might not be quite right and then to deal with it and keep everything normal.”
Cedric works a constantly-changing schedule at a hospital in Austin. A few nights in a row, perhaps, and then days for a while. And even when he’s on call, his actual working hours—and waking hours—aren’t always predictable: he might wait all night for a call that never comes, or he could be on the job for hours, setting epidurals or working in a surgery. “Putting other people to sleep is not necessarily good for my own circadian rhythms,” he says. And given the stakes of his job, he needs to be fully alert, no grogginess allowed. Add in his regular exercise regimen, and the need to recover from working out, and, he says, with emphasis, “Sleep is really, really important for me.”
For Cedric, proper sleep means Sleep Number, period. He and his wife, Catherine (who is also a doctor), got their first Sleep Number bed in 2001, when they were fresh out of medical school. They’ve been fans ever since, upgrading to a Sleep Number bed with more features and even getting one for their guest bedroom. “The bed allows me to create the right environment,” Cedric says. “That’s the key. It allows me to control the firmness, the temperature, the position.”
“It’s very difficult for me to sit down and relax. Even on vacation, I’m always doing something,” Cedric says, mentioning his annual medical mission trips to Guatemala, where he works with a team doing joint replacements. “But I almost never have a problem falling asleep. All I have to do is open up a book and read a page or two. My wife says I’m totally wound up until I’m in a quiet room and I have five minutes to myself and I realize how exhausted I am. And my Sleep Number bed really helps me fall asleep fast and not wake up in the middle of the night. It allows me to maximize my own rest when I’m not putting other people to sleep.”
If you could sleep anywhere, where would it be?
I’d go back to the place where we stayed in Telluride, where there was a skylight right over the bed. I loved being able to look at the stars at night, with a window cracked open to keep the room cool.
Finally, what’s your Sleep Number setting? Cedric’s is 100 and Catherine’s is 55.
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