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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.   

NOTES/LINKS:

Aristotle's "On Sleep and Sleeplessness" (written 350 B.C.E) 
http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/sleep.html

Stages of sleep
https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep/stages-of-sleep/

Brainwaves
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-function-of-t-1997-12-22/

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation/home/ovc-20163795

Binaural beats
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_(acoustics)#Binaural_beats

Acetylcholine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11143/

GABA
https://examine.com/supplements/gaba/

Patrick's research to "turn on" specific neurons in the brainstem resulting in deep sleep
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/09/027.html

Dopamine and wakefulness
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/scicurious-brain/sleep-deprived-mind-your-dopamine/

Caffeine and Adenosine
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20164566

Melotonin
https://examine.com/supplements/melatonin/

F.LUX (software to reduce blue light)
https://justgetflux.com/

Michel Siffre's cave experiments
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/11/the-caves-of-forgotten-time/414894/

Jerry Siegel's UCLA study on present-day hunter-gatherers sleeping patterns
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/our-ancestors-probably-didnt-get-8-hours-a-night-either

Polyphasic sleep society
https://www.polyphasicsociety.com

Brain cooling caps for insomnia
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/putting-insomnia-on-ice/

Valerian root
https://examine.com/supplements/valeriana-officinalis/


NOTE: 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit is around 15-20 degrees Celsius.

Recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand
Theme song by Cosmic Tortoise