Sleep is a bit like money. We all want more of it, can’t get enough of it, are jealous when others manage to get lots of it…and when children come along it seems to disappear altogether! These hope-bringing Ted Talks offer insight into what’s going on in our brains when we sleep and how we can all get more Zzzzzzz.
SLEEP IS YOUR SUPERPOWER
By: Matt Walker, a brain scientist trying to understand why we sleep
Summary: If you’ve always wanted to have a superpower, you’ll be pleased to know you already have one. It’s called sleep. Follow Walker’s deep dive into all the good things that happen when you sleep, and his warnings of the bad things that happen when you don’t get enough of Mother Nature’s own life support system. Learn tips and tricks to get a better night’s sleep.
HOW TO SUCCEED; GET MORE SLEEP
By: Arianna Huffington. She’s so keen for you to get more sleep, her talk’s just 4 mins’ long.
Summary: This quick and insightful talk exposes the huge power of a good night’s sleep. It will inspire you to see the bigger picture and put your sleeping hours to good subconscious use, increasing your productivity, happiness and smart decision-making skills.
THE BRAIN BENEFITS OF DEEP SLEEP
By: Dan Gartenberg, a man who spends his entire life trying to get more sleep…
Summary: Using certain types of tech late at night is said to inhibit our sleep. Gartenberg brings us a fascinating look at the tech that’s being developed to actually stimulate regenerative deep sleep, the stage that helps us consolidate our memories. Learn how to use sound waves that mirror brain activity to gain health, memory and learning benefits while you’re out for the count.
HOW TO SLEEP
By: Jessa Gamble, a pro-sleep voice of reason in today’s ‘always on’ global culture.
Summary: Feel exhausted and overloaded all the time? You’re not alone, it’s a global pandemic. The great news is, you’re not alone. In this short talk, Gamble turns to our natural body clock to reveal the substantial chunk of rest we should all be getting to help us balance the demands of kids, career and modern life. It’s nothing like what we’re getting right now…
WHY NOISE IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
By: Mathias Basner, an associate psychiatry professor who researches the effects of noise on sleep, health and cognitive functions.
Summary: Silence is often useful when it comes to dropping off to sleep, yet this can be a rare commodity these days. Basner explores the science behind how noise affects your sleep, your brain and your mental health. He reveals how you can benefit more from silence when you find it. One outcome could be a better night’s sleep.