In today's episode I have a talk with Russell Foster, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience from the University of Oxford in England. Russel is known to many for his TED speech about why we sleep, as of this writing is seen by over 6.1 million people.

Professor Russell Foster was behind the study that proved that we have a unknown sensor in the eye. After 150 years of research on the eye, this has never been detected before. In addition to this, he was in 2015 named Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to research. He is the author of the books, The Rhythm of Live, Seasons of Life and Sleep and A very short introduction.

Russell enthusiastically explains what he believes happens when we have dreams while sleeping, and answer questions asked by Stian Angermund-Vik, World champion in Skyrun and Sondre Holst Enger, Norway's up and coming bike talent. We also talk about many interesting topics, including:

  • Time of day you should drink coffee for better sleep.
  • Why a rest of 20 minutes is perfect to perform better throughout the day.
  • Lack of sleep or disruption in sleep rhythm can lead to diseases including depression.
  • Techniques to get over jetlag.
  • What to do if you wake up in the middle of the night.
  • Why circadian rhythm may be the reason why we get fat.
  • What is the difference between morning and night persons.
  • Why shift workers are more at risk for life-threatening diseases
  • Procedures for better health and sleep.
  • Why you should avoid work out before going to sleep.
  • And much more


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