#154 Sleep Better and Train Your Clock with Professor Russell Foster BSc PhD FRS

15 Jun 2022

Why do we sleep? It seems like such a luxury, an evolutionary oversight, a privilege some might say? But on today’s episode with Professor Russell Foster you’ll learn about why sleep is having a renaissance in both the way we think about it as a means to health as well as how the workforce should embrace it for enhanced creativity and productivity .

Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi) and Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. His latest book “Life Time” is a fantastic dive into everything circadian clock related and I absolutely loved it.

Today we talk about:

  • What Circadian rhythms are
  • Sleep pressure
  • Why we sleep and what happens when we sleep
  • The concept of circadian ‘entrainment’
  • How the visual system interacts with the brain
  • The suprachiasmatic nuclei (SNC) as the master clock
  • How to figure our your chronotype
  • Sleep, shift work and mental health
  • Chronotherapeutics
  • Professors Russels top 10 tips for ‘entraining’ your clock

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