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May 18, 2022

Dr. Sara Mednick visits Google to discuss her book "The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body's Own Restorative Systems." If you’re 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 doesn’t have to be this way.

World-renowned sleep researcher Dr. Mednick shows us how we can access the most replenishing and
repairing aspects of sleep by diving into our “Downstate.” She shows that bringing ourselves back to the Downstate is critical for our health, well-being, and cognitive longevity. "The Power of the Downstate" offers practical, evidence-based insight into how we can all enable those systems to work together in better harmony.

Moderated by Ravit Ortiz.

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