Dear friends,

 

I bet you stretched your mind last week by learning about the power of curiosity to conquer fear and how to call upon Interest Curiosity while blocking Deprivation Curiosity (you can find it here in case you missed it and are curious, with a link to a video from our BrainHealth Project collaborator Dr. Judson Brewer).

Today, I would like to introduce you to another of my knowledgeable collaborators on The BrainHealth Project, a group of the world’s leading brain health experts dedicated to improving brain performance for all. Russell Foster (BSc PhD FRS) heads up the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford in England. His insights are particularly relevant for those of us with worried-brain, busy-brain syndrome where our brain seems impossible to calm down at bedtime and remain calm throughout the night, instead keeping us awake – despite exhaustion.

COVID-19 has caused untold disruptions in our lives, and one of the most intimate – with far-reaching effects on our brain’s performance and our overall well-being – might be the disruption of our normal sleep-wake cycle. This cycle is part of the circadian rhythm driven by “body clocks” found in all of the cells of the body, which are in turn synchronized by the master circadian pacemaker in the brain.

 

In this podcast interview, Dr. Foster talks about what happens when our natural circadian rhythms are pushed out of sync. Best of all, he offers advice for what we can do to get our sleep clock back to normal in the midst of these abnormal times.

Don’t miss listening to it, and I know many in your community will also benefit when you share it with them. Are you starting to incorporate the actionable brain health strategies I’ve been sharing to expand your mind, your greatest asset? Better Brain. Better Life.

 

P.S. View my post this week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to share with your friends!

 

Published May 15, 2020

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