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December 13th, 2017
Patrick Fuller is associate Professor of Neurology at both Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is involved with numerous organisations including the Society for Neuroscience and the Sleep Research Society.
Patrick enlightened me on present and potential future technological hacks for different brain wave states and sleep; some of the major neurotransmitters and hormones involved in sleep/wake regulation; the circadian clock and how we are affected by temperature and blue light; what monophasic, biphasic and polyphasic sleep patterns are and how to create an ideal sleeping environment.
Aristotle's "On Sleep and Sleeplessness" (written 350 B.C.E)
Stages of sleep
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Patrick's research to "turn on" specific neurons in the brainstem resulting in deep sleep
Dopamine and wakefulness
Caffeine and Adenosine
F.LUX (software to reduce blue light)
Michel Siffre's cave experiments
Jerry Siegel's UCLA study on present-day hunter-gatherers sleeping patterns
Polyphasic sleep society
Brain cooling caps for insomnia
NOTE: 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit is around 15-20 degrees Celsius.
Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand
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