59. Zzzzzz…The Science of Sleep

Curious What Is Happening When You Sleep?

Want To Know What Sleep Deprivation Does To Your Brain And Body?

Need Strategies To Help You Get Some Restorative Sleep?

Join Debbie And Diana For A Journey Into The Fascinating World Of Sleep Science!

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Most of us spend a quarter to a third of our lives asleep. But why? What is our brain doing while we are in this seemingly inactive state, and what good does sleep do for our minds and bodies? In this episode, Diana and Debbie take a look at current sleep research, delving into topics like dreams, sleep stages, and sleep deprivation studies. Finally, they share some science backed suggestions to help you get a good night’s sleep tonight!

Ten Habits for Getting Plenty of Sleep:

  1. Use classical conditioning to condition your mind for sleep

  2. Set a regular sleep schedule

  3. Limit artificial light and increase daytime exposure to outdoor light

  4. Leave screens out of the bedroom!

  5. Engage in a soothing bedtime ritual

  6. Avoid stimulants

  7. Keep the bedroom cool and wear socks to bed!

  8. Avoid napping

  9. Limit alcohol before bed

  10. Get exercise

Resources:

Book: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power Of Sleep and Dreams

National Geographic article on sleep

Science shows that beauty sleep is a real thing! Check out: Cues of Fatigue: Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Facial Appearance

Review paper on Severe Sleep Deprivation

For a plethora of sleep information check out: The National Sleep Foundation

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   Debbie hard at work prepping this episode!

Debbie hard at work prepping this episode!