Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

What I’d like to do today is talk
about one of my favorite subjects, and that is the neuroscience of sleep. Now, there is a sound — (Alarm clock) Ah, it worked! A sound that is desperately
familiar to most of us, and of course it’s the sound
of the alarm clock. And what that truly ghastly,
awful sound does is stop the single most important
behavioral experience that we have, and that’s sleep. If you’re an average sort of person, 36 percent of your life
will be spent asleep, which means that if you live to 90, then 32 years will have
been spent entirely asleep. Now what that 32 years is telling us
is that sleep at some level is important. And yet, for most of us,
we don’t give sleep a second thought. We throw it away. We really just don’t think about sleep. And so what I’d like to do today
is change your views, change your ideas
and your thoughts about sleep. And the journey
that I want to take you on, we need to start by going back in time. “Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.” Any ideas who said that? Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Yes, let me give you a few more quotes. “O sleep, O gentle sleep,
nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee?” Shakespeare again, from —
I won’t say it — the Scottish play. (Laughter) From the same time: “Sleep is the golden chain
that ties health and our bodies together.” Extremely prophetic, by Thomas Dekker,
another Elizabethan dramatist. But if we jump forward 400 years, the tone about sleep changes somewhat. This is from Thomas Edison,
from the beginning of the 20th century: “Sleep is a criminal waste of time
and a heritage from our cave days.” Bang! (Laughter) And if we also jump into the 1980s,
some of you may remember that Margaret Thatcher
was reported to have said, “Sleep is for wimps.” And of course the infamous —
what was his name? — the infamous Gordon Gekko
from “Wall Street” said, “Money never sleeps.” What do we do in the 20th
century about sleep? Well, of course, we use
Thomas Edison’s light bulb to invade the night,
and we occupied the dark, and in the process of this occupation, we’ve treated sleep as an illness, almost. We’ve treated it as an enemy. At most now, I suppose,
we tolerate the need for sleep, and at worst perhaps
many of us think of sleep as an illness that needs
some sort of a cure. And our ignorance about sleep
is really quite profound. Why is it? Why do we abandon
sleep in our thoughts? Well, it’s because you don’t do anything
much while you’re asleep, it seems. You don’t eat. You don’t drink. And you don’t have sex. Well, most of us anyway. And so, therefore it’s — Sorry. It’s a complete waste of time, right? Wrong. Actually, sleep is an incredibly
important part of our biology, and neuroscientists
are beginning to explain why it’s so very important. So let’s move to the brain. Now, here we have a brain. This is donated by a social scientist, and they said they didn’t know what
it was or indeed, how to use it, so — (Laughter) Sorry. So I borrowed it. I don’t think they noticed. OK. (Laughter) The point I’m trying to make
is that when you’re asleep, this thing doesn’t shut down. In fact, some areas of the brain
are actually more active during the sleep state
than during the wake state. The other thing that’s really
important about sleep is that it doesn’t arise from a single
structure within the brain, but is to some extent a network property. If we flip the brain on its back — I love this little bit
of spinal cord here — this bit here is the hypothalamus, and right under there is a whole raft
of interesting structures, not least the biological clock. The biological clock tells us
when it’s good to be up, when it’s good to be asleep, and what that structure does is interact with a whole raft of other areas
within the hypothalamus, the lateral hypothalamus,
the ventrolateral preoptic nuclei. All of those combine, and they send projections
down to the brain stem here. The brain stem then projects forward and bathes the cortex,
this wonderfully wrinkly bit over here, with neurotransmitters that keep us awake and essentially provide us
with our consciousness. So sleep arises from a whole raft of different interactions
within the brain, and essentially,
sleep is turned on and off as a result of a range
of interactions in here. OK. So where have we got to? We’ve said that sleep is complicated and it takes 32 years of our life. But what I haven’t explained
is what sleep is about. So why do we sleep? And it won’t surprise
any of you that, of course, as scientists, we don’t have a consensus. There are dozens of different ideas
about why we sleep, and I’m going to outline three of those. The first is sort of the restoration idea, and it’s somewhat intuitive. Essentially, all the stuff
we’ve burned up during the day, we restore, we replace,
we rebuild during the night. And indeed, as an explanation,
it goes back to Aristotle, so that’s what — 2,300 years ago. It’s gone in and out of fashion. It’s fashionable at the moment because what’s been shown
is that within the brain, a whole raft of genes have been shown
to be turned on only during sleep, and those genes are associated
with restoration and metabolic pathways. So there’s good evidence
for the whole restoration hypothesis. What about energy conservation? Again, perhaps intuitive. You essentially sleep to save calories. Now, when you do the sums,
though, it doesn’t really pan out. If you compare an individual
who has slept at night, or stayed awake
and hasn’t moved very much, the energy saving of sleeping
is about 110 calories a night. Now, that’s the equivalent
of a hot dog bun. Now, I would say that a hot dog bun is kind of a meager return for such a complicated
and demanding behavior as sleep. So I’m less convinced
by the energy conservation idea. But the third idea I’m quite attracted to, which is brain processing
and memory consolidation. What we know is that,
if after you’ve tried to learn a task, and you sleep-deprive individuals, the ability to learn that task is smashed. It’s really hugely attenuated. So sleep and memory consolidation
is also very important. However, it’s not just
the laying down of memory and recalling it. What’s turned out to be really exciting is that our ability to come up
with novel solutions to complex problems is hugely enhanced by a night of sleep. In fact, it’s been estimated
to give us a threefold advantage. Sleeping at night enhances our creativity. And what seems to be going on
is that, in the brain, those neural connections
that are important, those synaptic connections
that are important, are linked and strengthened, while those that are less important
tend to fade away and be less important. OK. So we’ve had three explanations
for why we might sleep, and I think the important thing to realize
is that the details will vary, and it’s probable we sleep
for multiple different reasons. But sleep is not an indulgence. It’s not some sort of thing that we can
take on board rather casually. I think that sleep was once
likened to an upgrade from economy to business class,
you know, the equivalent of. It’s not even an upgrade
from economy to first class. The critical thing to realize is that
if you don’t sleep, you don’t fly. Essentially, you never get there. And what’s extraordinary
about much of our society these days is that we are desperately sleep-deprived. So let’s now look at sleep deprivation. Huge sectors of society
are sleep-deprived, and let’s look at our sleep-o-meter. So in the 1950s, good data
suggests that most of us were getting around eight hours
of sleep a night. Nowadays, we sleep one and a half
to two hours less every night, so we’re in the six-and-a-half-hours
every-night league. For teenagers, it’s worse, much worse. They need nine hours
for full brain performance, and many of them, on a school night,
are only getting five hours of sleep. It’s simply not enough. If we think about other sectors
of society — the aged; if you are aged, then your ability
to sleep in a single block is somewhat disrupted,
and many sleep, again, less than five hours a night. Shift work. Shift work is extraordinary, perhaps 20 percent
of the working population, and the body clock does not shift
to the demands of working at night. It’s locked onto the same
light-dark cycle as the rest of us. So when the poor old
shift worker is going home to try and sleep during the day,
desperately tired, the body clock is saying,
“Wake up. This is the time to be awake.” So the quality of sleep
that you get as a night shift worker is usually very poor,
again in that sort of five-hour region. And then, of course, tens of millions
of people suffer from jet lag. So who here has jet lag? Well, my goodness gracious. Well, thank you very much
indeed for not falling asleep, because that’s what your brain is craving. One of the things that the brain does
is indulge in micro-sleeps, this involuntary falling asleep, and you have essentially
no control over it. Now, micro-sleeps can be sort
of somewhat embarrassing, but they can also be deadly. It’s been estimated
that 31 percent of drivers will fall asleep at the wheel
at least once in their life, and in the US, the statistics
are pretty good: 100,000 accidents on the freeway
have been associated with tiredness, loss of vigilance, and falling asleep —
a hundred thousand a year. It’s extraordinary. At another level of terror, we dip into the tragic
accidents at Chernobyl and indeed the space shuttle Challenger, which was so tragically lost. And in the investigations
that followed those disasters, poor judgment as a result
of extended shift work and loss of vigilance and tiredness was attributed to a big chunk
of those disasters. When you’re tired and you lack sleep, you have poor memory,
you have poor creativity, you have increased impulsiveness, and you have overall poor judgment. But my friends,
it’s so much worse than that. (Laughter) If you are a tired brain, the brain is craving things to wake it up. So drugs, stimulants. Caffeine represents
the stimulant of choice across much of the Western world. Much of the day is fueled by caffeine, and if you’re a really naughty
tired brain, nicotine. Of course, you’re fueling the waking state
with these stimulants, and then, of course, it gets
to 11 o’clock at night, and the brain says to itself, “Actually, I need
to be asleep fairly shortly. What do we do about that
when I’m feeling completely wired?” Well, of course,
you then resort to alcohol. Now alcohol, short-term,
you know, once or twice, to use to mildly sedate you,
can be very useful. It can actually ease the sleep transition. But what you must be so aware of
is that alcohol doesn’t provide sleep. A biological mimic for sleep, it sedates you. So it actually harms
some of the neural processing that’s going on during memory
consolidation and memory recall. So it’s a short-term acute measure, but for goodness sake, don’t become addicted to alcohol as a way of getting to sleep every night. Another connection
between loss of sleep is weight gain. If you sleep around
about five hours or less every night, then you have a 50 percent
likelihood of being obese. What’s the connection here? Well, sleep loss seems to give rise
to the release of the hormone ghrelin, the hunger hormone. Ghrelin is released. It gets to the brain. The brain says, “I need carbohydrates,” and what it does is seek out carbohydrates
and particularly sugars. So there’s a link between tiredness and the metabolic predisposition
for weight gain: stress. Tired people are massively stressed. And one of the things of stress,
of course, is loss of memory, which is what I sort of just then
had a little lapse of. But stress is so much more. So, if you’re acutely stressed,
not a great problem, but it’s sustained stress associated
with sleep loss that’s the problem. Sustained stress leads
to suppressed immunity. And so, tired people tend to have
higher rates of overall infection, and there’s some very good studies showing that shift workers, for example,
have higher rates of cancer. Increased levels of stress
throw glucose into the circulation. Glucose becomes a dominant part
of the vasculature and essentially you become
glucose intolerant. Therefore, diabetes 2. Stress increases cardiovascular disease
as a result of raising blood pressure. So there’s a whole raft of things
associated with sleep loss that are more than just
a mildly impaired brain, which is where I think most people think
that sleep loss resides. So at this point in the talk,
this is a nice time to think, “Well, do you think on the whole
I’m getting enough sleep?” So a quick show of hands. Who feels that they’re getting
enough sleep here? Oh. Well, that’s pretty impressive. Good. We’ll talk more about that later,
about what are your tips. So most of us, of course,
ask the question, “How do I know whether
I’m getting enough sleep?” Well, it’s not rocket science. If you need an alarm clock to get
you out of bed in the morning, if you are taking a long time to get up, if you need lots of stimulants, if you’re grumpy, if you’re irritable, if you’re told by your work colleagues
that you’re looking tired and irritable, chances are you are sleep-deprived. Listen to them. Listen to yourself. What do you do? Well — and this is slightly offensive — sleep for dummies. (Laughter) Make your bedroom a haven for sleep. The first critical thing is make it
as dark as you possibly can, and also make it slightly cool. Very important. Actually, reduce your amount
of light exposure at least half an hour
before you go to bed. Light increases levels of alertness
and will delay sleep. What’s the last thing that most of us
do before we go to bed? We stand in a massively lit bathroom, looking into the mirror
cleaning our teeth. It’s the worst thing we can possibly do
before we go to sleep. Turn off those mobile phones.
Turn off those computers. Turn off all of those things
that are also going to excite the brain. Try not to drink caffeine
too late in the day, ideally not after lunch. Now, we’ve set about reducing light
exposure before you go to bed, but light exposure in the morning is very good at setting the biological
clock to the light-dark cycle. So seek out morning light. Basically, listen to yourself. Wind down. Do those sorts of things that you know are going to ease you off into the honey-heavy dew of slumber. OK. That’s some facts. What about some myths? Teenagers are lazy. No. Poor things. They have a biological predisposition
to go to bed late and get up late, so give them a break. We need eight hours of sleep a night. That’s an average. Some people need more.
Some people need less. And what you need to do
is listen to your body. Do you need that much or do you need more? Simple as that. Old people need less sleep. Not true. The sleep demands of the aged
do not go down. Essentially, sleep fragments
and becomes less robust, but sleep requirements do not go down. And the fourth myth
is early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Well, that’s wrong
at so many different levels. (Laughter) There is no evidence that getting up early
and going to bed early gives you more wealth at all. There’s no difference
in socioeconomic status. In my experience, the only difference between morning
people and evening people is that those people that get up
in the morning early are just horribly smug. (Laughter) (Applause) OK. So for the last few minutes, what I want to do is change gears and talk about some really new,
breaking areas of neuroscience, which is the association
between mental health, mental illness and sleep disruption. We’ve known for 130 years
that in severe mental illness, there is always, always sleep disruption, but it’s been largely ignored. In the 1970s, when people started
to think about this again, they said, “Yes, well, of course you have
sleep disruption in schizophrenia, because they’re on antipsychotics. It’s the antipsychotics causing
the sleep problems,” ignoring the fact that
for a hundred years previously, sleep disruption had been reported
before antipsychotics. So what’s going on? Several groups are studying conditions like depression,
schizophrenia and bipolar and what’s going on
in terms of sleep disruption. We have a big study which we published
last year on schizophrenia, and the data were quite extraordinary. In those individuals with schizophrenia, much of the time, they were awake
during the night phase and then they were asleep during the day. Other groups showed no 24-hour
patterns whatsoever — their sleep was absolutely smashed. And some had no ability to regulate
their sleep by the light-dark cycle. They were getting up later and later
and later and later each night. It was smashed. So what’s going on? And the really exciting news is that mental illness and sleep
are not simply associated, but they are physically linked
within the brain. The neural networks that predispose
you to normal sleep, give you normal sleep, and those that give you normal
mental health, are overlapping. And what’s the evidence for that? Well, genes that have been shown to be very important
in the generation of normal sleep, when mutated, when changed, also predispose individuals
to mental health problems. And last year, we published a study which showed that a gene
that’s been linked to schizophrenia, when mutated, also smashes the sleep. So we have evidence
of a genuine mechanistic overlap between these two important systems. Other work flowed from these studies. The first was that sleep disruption actually precedes certain types
of mental illness, and we’ve shown that
in those young individuals who are at high risk
of developing bipolar disorder, they already have a sleep abnormality prior to any clinical
diagnosis of bipolar. The other bit of data
was that sleep disruption may actually exacerbate, make worse,
the mental illness state. My colleague Dan Freeman
has used a range of agents which have stabilized sleep
and reduced levels of paranoia in those individuals by 50 percent. So what have we got? We’ve got, in these connections,
some really exciting things. In terms of the neuroscience, by understanding these two systems, we’re really beginning to understand
how both sleep and mental illness are generated and regulated
within the brain. The second area
is that if we can use sleep and sleep disruption
as an early warning signal, then we have the chance of going in. If we know these individuals
are vulnerable, early intervention then becomes possible. And the third, which I think
is the most exciting, is that we can think
of the sleep centers within the brain as a new therapeutic target. Stabilize sleep in those individuals
who are vulnerable, we can certainly make them healthier, but also alleviate some of the appalling
symptoms of mental illness. So let me just finish. What I started by saying is:
Take sleep seriously. Our attitudes toward sleep
are so very different from a pre-industrial age, when we were almost wrapped in a duvet. We used to understand intuitively
the importance of sleep. And this isn’t some sort
of crystal-waving nonsense. This is a pragmatic response
to good health. If you have good sleep,
it increases your concentration, attention, decision-making,
creativity, social skills, health. If you get sleep, it reduces
your mood changes, your stress, your levels of anger, your impulsivity, and your tendency to drink and take drugs. And we finished by saying that an understanding
of the neuroscience of sleep is really informing the way we think about some of the causes
of mental illness, and indeed is providing us new ways to treat these incredibly
debilitating conditions. Jim Butcher, the fantasy writer, said, “Sleep is God. Go worship.” And I can only recommend
that you do the same. Thank you for your attention. (Applause)

Comments 100

  • if never needed to sleep or nap I'd be an annoying over achiever and probably wouldn't buy lottery tickets ever

  • I love to sleep.

  • I really want the sleep be defeated without bearing too much of consequences. A lot of people rather playing game than sleeping. I found a way to play during sleep. you can use a novel reading software to read novels during sleeping, you will have dreams about that novel, very funny, and the story would be different with the novel.

  • wait, do you guys sleep?

  • 10:41 Picking Chernobyl and the Space Shuttle disasters were poor examples. Chernobyl occurred because a senior engineer insisted on performing a test which deliberately included violating safety regulations. His actions were NOT ascribed to sleep deprivation but rather an arrogance, which he had demonstrated in a prior accident at another power plant. Also, the failed O-ring that caused the shuttle disaster was attributed to freezing temperatures, NOT sleep deprivation.

  • And then there's meth.

  • Thomas Edison was very wise. He was correct in saying 'sleep is a criminal waste of time' He acquired all his inventions by consciously visiting a museum situated on the 'Astral Plane' which has all the inventions that mankind will ever discover and, he did this in full conscious awareness which, is, somewhat like the unconscious sleep dream state. For such who could 'see' with the astral eyes it would have been an annoying observation to watch human beings being put to sleep under false premises. He also was well aware those who did such were criminals. Possession is highly criminal. The study of this profound observation will stun the mind and the implications will lead one into the world of the paradox by implication. Unlike scientists state the body does not need to so-called 'sleep' to repair itself; this is a false premise and the body will only fail to repair under a malign influence; and paradoxically it is the malign influence that desires a rest from the sleeper.

  • Because if you didn't, a bad day could go on a reallllly long time. 😕. 😂

  • Because of Einstein's postulate of the infinite stupidity of people. You just cannot go with it 24/7. LOL

  • and why do people work when they should be asleep? because their bosses don't give a damn. and certainly don't pay enough so that people don't HAVE to work that much, or indeed take more than one job. sleep-issues are highly likely to be associated to idiots in charge of the individual's workplace.

  • This is crazy – I watched the start of this before going out ! – when I just put it on 4am morning (cannot sleep !) – its saying my gadget does not recognise the format ? – I already watched half of it ?

  • The/our inner most state of being is always in a state of deep sleep and you are asleep always and even now but your fantasies and worries, money and enjoyment keeps you in a state of conflict and semi/consciousness figuring out your features and coloring your hair worrying not turning gray or bald with wrinkles.

  • I wish he had spoken about over-sleeping and the good and the harms that come with it.

  • So I had a fucking problem at Potawatomi…
    In the store..i know…I know..
    Video cameras everywhere…

    I stole something and you didn't even catch me..

  • Nobody:
    Russell Foster: S M A S H E S

  • I find it hugely ironic that our modern era we look down on history… we think our ancestors weren’t as clever as we are today. Yet there is so much ancient wisdom (like sleeping) we miss. Why is the modern world so arrogant?

  • I sleep better in the day – 4am to noon.

  • Energy conservation? What moron came up with that idea? If you don't sleep, then you die. You don't die from burning too many calories. Sleeping is vital for keeping you alive.

  • What, a, liar.

  • I slept through this…

  • In some special operations courses I've seen where I work, after three days of sleep deprivation, people start to have hallucinations. Dangerous hallucinations.

  • 野生動物ですら時間の大小あれど例外なく睡眠を取る事からも、睡眠が生命維持に必要不可欠なのは明らかだな

  • I sleep to take a break from the boredom of life

  • If your body can't sleep, your body can't recover. Thus, your body has a much harder time processing toxic chemicals such as mercury, aluminium, fluoride, lead metal, etc. Mercury, aluminium, and even fluoride have the ability to not only cause more stress, but keep you awake as well. Also, the more mercury, aluminium, and fluoride your body accumulates, the more sensitive your body becomes. They also speed up the aging process.

  • Someone should have informed that this is not a scientific conference. Shared a lot of qualitative information. Incredibly disappointing.

  • 🌞🌚🤔🖤🙄🤷🏻‍♂️👍🏼
    24 Day may not be optimal for all Human Beings

  • sir
    this is a great talking about sleep. normally I need a long sleep time around 10 hours. I can not wake up early. but this situation is not accepted by my family members. they think that is a lazy approach of my life.

  • ap psychology wya?

  • WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO DON'T SLEEP MORE THAN AN HOUR OR SO EVERY DAY? AND DON'T FEEL THEY NEED MORE THAN THAT? You won't hear about such unless you go digging. Start with 'Brother Air', an incredible musician in Cincinnati, USA. you can find out more about him and what lead him to need less sleep through mucusfreelife.ca.

  • Stop zooming in on that white screen, it is like getting stabbed in the eyes, experts at everything but failing at this.

  • Ahahha it's 2:12 am because I can't sleep, and he said, turn off your phones.

  • If you want to know why you sleep. Take a look at flowers that open and close through light and darkness. We sleep in order to heal our bodies through DNA activity. DNA rejuvenates the cells in your body mostly while you are sleeping. We only wake up because of a few things. Eating, Going to the toilet, and Exercise. That is pretty much how it is. The DNA in cells has been recharged when you are sleeping

  • brilliant speech thank you so much dr foster

  • Why do I watch this stuff at 4am?

  • My body don't wanna sleep at night ..thirds are my jam

  • OMG how much are people paid to watch this? Kindergarten knowledge presented with kindergarten drawings.

  • i m on the other side of the scale. i sleep at least 10 hours a day…..

  • I'm going to do better at sleeping more after listening to this!!

  • Amazing bed sales man

  • So turn this guy off.

  • We get software upgrades and reprogramming from the Creator while we sleep.

  • And on that note, good night everyone.

  • Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?

    Ollie Williams: Cus we tired!

  • because it gooood

  • What a waste of time. Scientists will never be able to get to the core of the function of sleep as they are indoctrinated into the false concept that we are just meat suits. They are the blind leading the blind. What a waste of consciousness.

  • 2019–we sleep to shut out Trump's hideous racist voice.

  • So frustrating. I wake up 2 hours before I'm supposed to and I can't seem to get back to sleep. I've known this for years. Grrr…

  • I get all my work done in my sleep.

  • We sleep so we can download the universe update. thats why when you dont sleep, your consciousness starts to break down and senses start misfiring. Gotta get that update bro.

  • I fell asleep once at the wheel while going 80mph and it mustve been a few seconds because I remember being brought back to awareness when I felt the rattling of my car going 100mph down a steep incline. I was thankful for life hahahaha

  • Watching and listening to this guy put me to sleep.

  • I wonder whats difference btw sleep on clanazepam and on natural.

  • Im turning 60 and my brain wants more sleep, 8hrs at least.

  • 好的,看完睡觉。

  • Wish I could give this video several thumbs up !

  • Sleep is recharging the body like a battery

  • Sleep let you travel to parallel universes

  • Early intervention:
    Everyone gathers* hey man, your uh kinda actin schizo, you need sleep.

    Him: no you

    Big guys walk through door:
    forces him to sleep regularly

  • Horror stories: having to wake up for school at 6 am for 15 years: psychological problems- money problems-psychological problems-physical problems- money problems- psychological problems-physical problems-death. Good night 😘

  • edison didn't invent the lightbulb IDIOT! HE was rich and bought the rights to produce it! THIS IS WRONG! you need some sleep old man

  • Smashing presentation!

  • i dont sleep too much i just do more restoration than the avarage person

  • Because we need to recharge like a phone

  • Filling the tub up with warm water and falling asleep daredevil style helps me alot and loosens my body…

  • i dont know why im watching this haha everything he was showing is exactly me!

  • Damit wir deine fresse weniger sehen.

  • Just came to comment.. but whats next 'why do we breath'. Or 'why is water wet' ?

  • Interesting, but it didn't really explain why we need sleep.

  • Watching this at 0:15 going to work at 4… nice

  • People say I look very young for my age and at 40 I appreciate this and have always attributed to my respect for proper sleep, a respect I learned in the military due to the misery and downright violent behavior I displayed after going long periods with little or no sleep

  • Sleeping is instinctive. You do it whether you want to or not and sometimes you forget you are asleep. Try to stay awake you'll have micro naps.

    Sleep is my only peace. But one day we'll all sleep forever and won't even know it. Boo!

  • 1:50 minutes in….hrs says " I won't say it the Scottish play" you can tell this guy doesn't like Scotland…That's all I need to hear to unsubscribe.

  • Jeffrey Epstein was supposedly not checked on because the guards were tired.

  • Please be considerate of your neighbors and lock your car quietly with light flash Only. Honking car locking wakes people up and creates great stress during the day. The Auto Industry needs to change to technology that does not emit health reducing noise into our communities. Thank you

  • Woke up at 4:30am. Recommendations? Hmmmm

  • Basicaly the scientists are learning thru hard reasarch, something that was already known by wise men for millenia. Again.

  • Watching at 6 am. I need to sleep or I'll go crazy very soon.

  • "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Jay Z 🥴👌

  • Thomas Edison was a thief who couldn’t even figure out his question until he stole all Tesla’s work.

  • Take-Aways

    Sleep is not “an indulgence” but a necessary element of physical and mental health.

    Scientists theorize that sleep is restorative, conserves energy, and boosts “brain processing” and “memory consolidation.”

    Sleep deprivation impairs memory, creativity and judgment, and it increases impulsive behavior. Moreover, insufficient sleep can lower your immune system and increase your chances of obesity.

    To get a good night’s sleep, turn off your electronic devices, avoid caffeine after lunch time, set your biological clock to day and night, and make your bedroom cool and dark.

    New sleep research links the inability to regulate sleep with several mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

  • Sleeping is one of my passions

  • Man I was blessed with good sleep, caffeine before bed? No problem. My brother on the other hand.. it’s a curse and we take sleep for granted for sure. If I get only 6 or 7 hours asleep I’m off for the day. I slept for 14 hours last weekend. I was pretty tired though.

  • I remember a teacher asking the class "What part of your body never turns off?", I said the Brain and she said I was wrong. Today the teacher becomes the student.

  • we actually do not need sleep. we can lucid dream which is actually staying awake just closing our eyes. except since we technically have 7 other senses (one of which does not really need to be there) we can still listen, feel, touch. walk. and so on. since our brain is still awake. and sleep paralysis is not a thing. some people might suffer it but when in a dream-like state, we can do anything. and time and space does not exist because that is our reality.

  • This and another ted presentation convinced me to sleep now


  • please send this youtube to jack ma in china… he need this knowledge… thank you…

  • My teacher told me to watch this video for english class, I mean, if i found it, i'd just watch it without thinking.

  • Outer body, remote viewing, astral projection, dreams and nightmares were never mentioned 🧐

  • Yeah but why? If you can make anything from a coral to a horse by swapping some letters in DNA, why can't you make a human that doesn't need sleep? Wouldn't it be evolutionarily beneficial to be alert at all times and do sleep processes while we are awake?

  • 3:47 savage moment! Brilliant stuff 😀

  • Wow why do we sleep? DERRR

  • Speak for yourself. I guard my sleep with a fierceness. I refuse to get married because I recognize the detriment it would cause to my sleep.

  • We sleep because we're tired. Everything sleeps. There. I just saved you students 30k in tuition.

  • So obvious why mums of young children are prone to depression, anxiety and illness. We don't get to sleep properly for around 7-10 years if we have just a couple of kids. In fact the type of exhaustion is probably similar to sleep torture – but no complaining or we don't love our kids enough apparently! Maybe also, mothers in this era are more prepared to sacrifice the sleep in order that the children know they are loved and not just left to cry or feel abandoned when they wake 🤔 If you had/have poor sleeping kids but you nurtured them high five 🙌 But it's about time the doctor prescribed sleep. Rest. Relaxation. A trip to the forest or the sea instead of here take this pill and carry on humans!

  • it's 6:25 am i have class at 10:30am and am watching this. I am not doing this life thing properly.

  • So why do I feel crazy hunger early morning? Its as if my stomach wants to eat me from inside.

  • Great video
    Namaste 😐

  • Don't sleep. Then you'd know why we sleep 😁

  • The cure for sleep is meth

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