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Sleep For Success: a sleep talk with Dr. James B. Maas

To be a peak performer at school, at work and play, you need to be fully alert, dynamic, energetic, in a good mood, and cognitively sharp. You must be able to concentrate, remember, have great reaction time, make critical and creative decisions, communicate persuasively, and be productive all day long. None of this is possible without quality sleep. Furthermore, healthy sleep has been proven to be the single most important determinant in predicting longevity. It is more influential than diet, exercise or heredity-but our modern culture has become a study in sleep deprivation. We must learn to value sleep, yet most of us know very little about the incredibly varied activity that can occurs during the course of each night, and how it affects health, happiness and academic and athletic performance.

This multi-media presentation explores the nature of sleep, focusing on such questions as:
• Why are most people are sleep deprived and what are the serious consequences for thinking, mood, performance, health and lifespan?
• What are the five different stages of nocturnal sleep and how important
are they to daytime functioning?
• What does recent brain imagery (fMRI’s) research on thinking, performance
and athleticism show that proves the need for maximum sleep each night?
• Can we accurately measure at home the amount and quality of our sleep?
• How can you increase your athletic performance overnight?
• Is napping healthy?
• How do you establish a great bedroom environment for maximum sleep quality?
• What are the golden rules and sleep strategies that will assure you
a great night's sleep?

Hopefully, the information provided in this presentation will increase your daytime alertness, psychological mood, productivity, creativity, athletic prowess, general health and, most definitely, your quality of life.

Sweet REMs! 


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