Sara Mednick in the UCI Sleep Lab

You’ve heard about better health through minding your blood pressuresteps, and calories. But what have you done for your Downstate lately? This new buzzword describes what may be the most important aspect of your health to tend, because it ties everything else together, says sleep scientist Sara Mednick, PhD, [UCI professor of cognitive sciences], author of The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems. … “You’ll only be as good in your Upstate as you are in your Downstate,” Mednick says.

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