Recorded on 04/29/2022

Restore Your Energy & Recharge Your Life with Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr. Sara Mednick

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Recorded on April 29, 2022. 

With an endless barrage of career, social, and family obligations – not to mention the looming threat of war and new COVID variants – it might seem like the stress and pressure we face never eases up.

Cognitive neuroscientist and University of California at Irvine professor Dr. Sara Mednick has a plan to tackle this continuous “upstate” way of life, which research shows has a negative impact on everything from our longevity to our mental health. In her new book, The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems, Dr. Mednick explains how we can tap into the rejuvenating aspects of sleep during our daily activities by diving into our “downstate.” She believes we each possess a wide range of recovery systems and built-in rhythms that we can leverage to restore our most vital functions which, in turn, will give us more energy, sharper thinking, and help balance our moods.

In this session, Dr. Mednick offers practical, evidence-based insight into how we can enable our recovery systems to work together in better harmony. She explains how our bodies and minds are guided by a natural upstate/downstate rhythm, how our modern lifestyles are disrupting these natural rhythms, and how we can activate the downstate by reimagining how we breathe, eat, sleep, and exercise to restore our energy and recharge our lives.


About Dr. Sara Mednick

Dr. Sara C. Mednick is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Irvine, where she directs the Sleep and Cognition (SaC) lab. Her first book, Take a Nap! Change Your Life put forth the scientific basis for napping to improve productivity, cognition, mood, and health. A world-renowned scientist, Dr. Mednick’s lab investigates the mind and body mechanisms that support performance improvement. Her work has been continuously federally funded with grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense Office of Naval Research, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a United States Department of Defense agency. She has been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper, including the New York Times, New Yorker, Lost Angeles Times, Washington Post, and BBC, and has been featured on Good Morning America, among others. She resides in San Diego, and with her wife in the Hudson Valley.


Dr. Sara Mednick

Dr. Sara Mednick

Cognitive Neuroscientist, Professor, Author

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