Leverage Your Built-In Rhythms of Upstates and Downstates to Enhance Energy, Sharpen Thinking, Balance Moods, and Fuel Fitness
A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Sara Mednick, author of The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems
Wednesday, July 13, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom
If you are like most people, the relentless daily grind of go-go-go, do-do-do, can run down your energy and deplete your resources. While most of us find our lives full of “Upstate” moments that rev up our stress engines, it does not have to be this way. World-renowned sleep researcher Sara C. Mednick, PhD (@Sara_Mednick), shows us how we can access the most replenishing and repairing aspects of sleep through activities and moments that happen during our day by diving into our “Downstate.” Dr. Mednick shows that bringing ourselves back to the Downstate is critical for our health, well-being, and cognitive longevity.
Dr. Mednick will talk to SWINY co-chair David Levine (@dlloydlevine) about her new book The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems (Hachette G0 April 2022).
The Power of the Downstate offers practical, evidence-based insight into how we can all enable those systems to work together in better harmony. You will learn:
- How our bodies and minds are guided by a natural Upstate/Downstate rhythm—and how our modern lifestyles disrupt these rhythms to our detriment;
- How our vital organs and systems benefit from spending more time in the Downstate – which decreases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, chronic illness, and early death;
- How we can activate the Downstate through rethinking how to breathe, eat, sleep and exercise; and
- The practical four-week Downstate RecoveryPlus Plan.
Get ready to be more alert, productive, and cognitively sharp during the day, feel greater intimacy and affection, and enjoy consolidated, restorative sleep at night . . . not to mention expand your years of mental and physical vitality.
About Dr. Sara Mednick
Dr. Sara Mednick is a professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the book, Take a Nap! Change your Life (Workman). For her PhD in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, she pioneered nap studies, which provided methodological advancements from nocturnal sleep studies and are now the dominant research method to understand the role of sleep in memory formation. During her postdoc at the Salk Institute and UCSD, she was awarded an NIH NRSA fellowship to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the neural mechanisms supporting sleep-dependent memory consolidation.
Dr. Mednick has conducted studies in conjunction with numerous academic institutions, the U.S. Navy, V.A. Medical Center and private businesses. Her articles have been published in such leading scientific journals as Nature Neuroscience and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her napping research has been covered by CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports Health Journal, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, and many other major media outlets.
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Wednesday, July 13
7 to 8 pm EDT