Sara Mednick

On this episode of the UCLA BrainSPORT Podcast, Adel discusses Sleep and the Downstate with UC Irvine cognitive [professor] and sleep neuroscientist and author of The Power of the Downstate, Dr. Sara Mednick. The pair start by discussing the downstate and why it is so important for our day to day performance and optimizing recovery. Their discussion covers methods to enhance recovery including timing of exercise and meals. They then go on to discuss sleep and how it relates to our performance, risk of dementia, and much more. They also discuss methods of promoting sleep and the influence of certain substances on sleep, including stimulants.

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