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#284 – How Sleep Deprivation Fries Your Brain and Makes You Fat.

Guest: Dan Pardi

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Dan Pardi — neuroscience researcher and founder of Dan’s Plan — visits the show to discuss the shocking research on how sleep deprivation impacts decision making, reaction time, memory, and weight gain.

Here are my notes!

6:26 – Almost every function of the brain is altered by sleep deprivation.

7:20 – How your brain encodes memories for retrieval and recall.

8:50 – Why “forgetting” is a good sign of memory.

11:20 – Do focus and attention span suffer when we don’t get enough sleep?

13:00 – How sleep deprivation triggers hyperactivity in children…and adults.

14:32 – Light and its effects on cognition and circadian rhythms.

17:32 – The behavioral consequences of mistimed light environment.

18:37 – Why you NEED to get outside at least 30 minutes a day. You master clock will thank you!

21:14 – An “enlightening” explanation for why outdoor exercise appears to be healthier than indoor exercise.

22:00 – 3 tips for telling your brain it’s dark out and time to wind down.

23:30 – “We’re getting 20% less sleep per night.” Yikes!

24:02 – Does wearing sunglasses throw off your master clock?

25:05 – A pretty cool app to create “virtual darkness” on your computer or tablet.

27:49 – Are you sleep deprived? Defining our individual sleep needs and the primary types of insomnia.

33:07 – More soup for you! A “sneaky” study on how our environment influences how much we eat.

35:48 – How sleep deprivation makes us more likely to eat foods we consider LESS healthy!

39:49 – Don’t go grocery while hungry…or sleep deprived!

40:15 – How deprived sleep makes you GAIN WEIGHT via imbalanced blood sugar, leptin, and ghrelin.

45:47 – Can sleep deprivation cause loss of muscle mass and reduced growth hormone output?

49:55 – Is obesity a memory disorder?

53:08 – Quantifying the Self: Nifty devices and apps that track your activity and behaviors.

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#279: Domesticating Humans

Daniel Vitalis

Guest: Daniel Vitalis

Daniel Vitalis — health motivator and strategist — stops by the show to discusss human domestication. Find out what man and “man’s best friend” have in common and how to “rewild” your life and get closer to your true human nature for better health and wellness.

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