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Indulge your neurobiology

Sarah McKay | 14:04


Thank you. Well, as Ed mentioned, I used to be a neuroscientist When I was training doing this, I lost respect for my own neurobiology. And what do I mean by that? When I was training, I spent, I slept only every second night and I spent all of my waking hours in a completely dark room. I was researching neuroplasticity, how the brain wise up during development and how these connections change over time with light and dark.

Now, I'm sure you can all appreciate the impact of lack of sleep on your health and wellbeing, and. I was tired. I felt flat. I felt like I'd lost my curiosity and my zest for life, and I felt quite out of control emotionally. I also made mistakes. One day I was so tired, I dropped and smashed a full glass bottle of concentrated hydrochloric acid all over the floor of the lab.

Now this burns your skin instantly if it gets on you, and the fumes that are released to toxic. So this sleepy little mishap resulted in evacuation of the entire lab, and I had to call the hazardous chemicals response. Well, I no longer look down the lens of the microscope at the brain anymore. Instead, I consider neuroscience through the lens of everyday life.

But it turns out since I hung up my lab coat, I've carried on running a few experiments of my own on my own brain at home. Now, this particular technique that I've been working on has the power to improve your memory. It can help make you more creative. It'll help change the way you respond emotionally to the world around you.

Now, I'm well aware that my research is anecdotal because I am only E equals one. So I'm gonna share with you some science that backs up this particular technique I use. So what is this technique simply involves taking an afternoon nap. Now, before I go on, I'd like to ask. How many of you here ever fight off that urge to nap in the early afternoon?

And is there anyone here who's willing to admit they you've ever taken a nap at work? Do you know the most common place to nap when you're in the workplace? No. It's the back seat of the. Now, back when I was training as a neuroscientist, I'd sometimes do this. I'd take off and have a, have a sneaky power nap in the backseat of the car.

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