How do our waking lives meet our sleeping brains?

Dr Lauren N. Whitehurst

We know some of the basic factors that can disrupt sleep: caffeine, blue light, stress... But how does the way we spend our waking time change our sleeping brain?

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On average, we spend a third of our life sleeping.

In this separate life, the brain’s ability to think, learn and remember works differently than when we are awake. Factors like stress or the use of drugs can affect the quality of our sleep and this has a knock-on effect on our abilities during our waking lives.

Dr Lauren Whitehurst joins us in The Garden to uncover the mysteries of how the life we live during the day impacts the life we have when we're asleep.

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50 minutes


Mysteries of the Mind

About the Fellow

Dr Lauren N. Whitehurst

Lauren is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky. In her lab, she studies what affects our sleep, and how that in turn affects our waking behaviour.

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