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Nov 2, 2023

Dr. Gina Poe: How to Get Better Sleep and Boost Your Learning, Memory and Energy

Are you getting the sleep you need? Do you wish you could improve your sleep, but you’re not sure how?

Dr. Gina Poe is an accomplished ...  researcher and trained neuroscientist with a PhD in basic sleep. Currently a professor at UCLA, Dr. Poe has been researching the functions of sleep for over 30 years and has authored nearly 200 publications on the topic.

Today, Dr. Poe is here to answer your questions like, Why do you sleep? What is your brain doing as you sleep? What is REM sleep? What are sleep cycles? What are circadian rhythms?

And perhaps most importantly, you’ll get 5 research-backed recommendations from Dr. Poe on how anyone, including you, can not only improve their sleep but also get a “perfect” night’s sleep, as defined by a neuroscientist.

In this conversation, Dr. Poe discusses topics such as:

What is the “perfect night's sleep”?

How long are you supposed to sleep every night?

What is a sleep cycle, and why should you care?

What is N1 sleep?

What is N2 sleep?

What is N3 sleep?

What is paradoxical sleep and how can you tell someone’s in that state?

What REM sleep really is and how often we must be in it.

The physiological and neurological difference between being awake and asleep.

What a neurotransmitter is and how it changes composition when asleep.

What the functions of our brain’s two hemispheres are.

How sleep cleans the brain.

The connection between sleep and neuroplasticity.

The link between sleep and brain health.

The scientific reason why they call it “falling” asleep.

How sleep directly affects longevity and vitality.

Why you don’t remember your dreams.

How sleep impacts how we learn during the day.

What happens to your body and brain when you close your eyes at night.

The one phase of sleep you cannot miss.

A neuroscientist's top 5 recommendations for better sleep.

What the purpose of vasodilation is.

Which hours of sleep are absolutely critical for memory processing.

How many hours of sleep you really need for optimal functioning.

Why a consistent bedtime is the start of the best sleep of your life.
Podcast Guest: Dr. Gina Poe

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Official Episode Page

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