55 episodes

Sleep Junkies spans the whole conversation about sleep. Interviews with sleep experts, thought-leaders and advocates talking about sleep-centric topics to do with health, science, culture, technology and the sleep industry.



Your host is Jeff Mann, the founder and editor of SleepJunkies.com, a website that has been shining a spotlight on sleep since 2012. Sleep Junkies is an independent, research-based blog and community that's dedicated to educating and raising awareness about all aspects of sleep health, advocacy as well as following the wider cultural trends in sleep, including the burgeoning sleep industry.

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Sleep Junkies spans the whole conversation about sleep. Interviews with sleep experts, thought-leaders and advocates talking about sleep-centric topics to do with health, science, culture, technology and the sleep industry.



Your host is Jeff Mann, the founder and editor of SleepJunkies.com, a website that has been shining a spotlight on sleep since 2012. Sleep Junkies is an independent, research-based blog and community that's dedicated to educating and raising awareness about all aspects of sleep health, advocacy as well as following the wider cultural trends in sleep, including the burgeoning sleep industry.

    Dreams: the next frontier for advertising

    Dreams: the next frontier for advertising

    

    Imagine if corporations could place adverts for their products inside your dreams. It may sound like far-fetched science fiction, but amazingly, science and technology has reached the point where this possibility may be around the corner.



    Earlier this year, the beer company Molson-Coors tried an experiment based on cutting edge research known as 'targeted dream activation'. Amazingly participants reported dreaming more of Coors beer after consuming audio and video content specifically designed to 'induce' images of beer into the participant's dreams.



    Concerned about the possibilities of dreams becoming the playground for unscrupulous marketers, or even as a means of societal manipulation, a group of sleep and dream researchers recently published an open letter, describing the ethical issues at stake, if we longer have sovereign control of our own dreams.

    This episode’s guest:







    Dr Sara C. Mednick is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine and author of the book, Take a Nap! Change your life. . She is passionate about understanding how the brain works through her research into sleep and cognition. Dr. Mednick’s seven-bedroom sleep lab at UCI works literally around-the-clock to discover methods for boosting cognition through a range of different interventions including napping, brain stimulation with electricity, sound and light, as well as pharmacological interventions. Her research findings have been published in such leading scientific journals as Nature Neuroscience and The Proceedings from the National Academy of Science, and covered by all major media outlets. She received a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University, and then completed a postdoc at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and UC San Diego.



    Links



    Website: http://www.saramednick.com/





    Sleep and Cognition Lab:  http://sleepandcognitionlab.org/



    University California Irvine: https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=6491



    Research Gate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sara-Mednick



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sara_Mednick

    Other resources:



    MIT Dream Engineering group: https://www.media.mit.edu/projects/theme-engineering-dreams/overview/



    Coors beer promotion: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jul/05/advertisers-targeted-dream-incubation



    Open letter: https://dxe.pubpub.org/pub/dreamadvertising/release/1



    Google Nest 2: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56416578



    Amazon sleep tracker: https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/amazon-gets-waiver-from-fcc-to-monitor-sleep-with-a-radar-sensor/



    Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/dreams-and-advertising/

    • 55 min
    A unified theory of dreaming?

    A unified theory of dreaming?

    Despite our millennia-old fascination with dreams, their meaning, and their roles in our lives, it wasn't up until the late 20th century that scientists really began to make big leaps into investigating the possible biological functions of dreams.



    But despite a now vibrant and eclectic body of research and evidence of scientific theories of dreaming, their relationship to memory, cognition and our emotional lives, up until now we've failed to come up with an overarching framework, a 'big idea' to describe the biological function of our dream lives.



    In a new book, When Brains Dream, two world authorities in the science of sleep and dreams make a bold leap into proposing a new theory - NEXTUP,  Network Exploration to Understand Possibilities - which elegantly encompasses a vast swathe of previously gathered evidence in dream research, but also emphasises the vital importance of narratives, the subjective experience of dreaming, and the offline processing of weak memory associations.







     

    This episode’s guests:





    Robert Stickgold is a professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition. 



    Harvard: http://brain.harvard.edu/?people=robert-stickgold



    Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Stickgold







     



    Antonio Zadra is a professor at the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep



    Website: https://antoniozadra.com/



    University of Montreal: http://www.ceams-carsm.ca/chercheurs/zadra



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrZdreams



    History of dreaming: https://sleepjunkies.com/the-science-of-dreams-and-dreaming-a-brief-history/



    Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/a-unified-theory-of-dreaming/

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Sleep supplements: science or snake oil? Part 2

    Sleep supplements: science or snake oil? Part 2

    In the second part of our deep dive into sleep supplements we take a look at the overlapping subjects of nutrition, delivery methods, dosages, a run-down of the different categories of sleep supplements including plant-derived substances, vitamins, amino acids and more. Plus we look into the future towards the prospect of a new era of 'nutritional sleep medicine.'



    You can listen to Part 1 here: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-supplements-part-1/

    This episode’s guest:





    Jesse Cook is a 4th year Clinical Psychology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the active Sleep Research Society Trainee Member At-Large. Jesse completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, where he established an initial passion and skillset for Sleep Research through his time as a research assistant in Dr. Richard Bootzin's Sleep Research Laboratory.



    Jesse’s research primarily focus on the assessment and treatment of persons with unexplained excessive daytime sleepiness. Additionally, he has published multiple papers evaluating the utility and ability of wearable consumer technologies as a sleep assessor, relative to PSG. You can reach Jesse by email at jdcook4@wisc.edu

    Resources:

    Jesse Cook Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jesse_Cook3



    Jesse on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SleepAndSports



    Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-supplements-part-2



    Dietary Sources of Melatonin: https://res.mdpi.com/nutrients/nutrients-09-00367/article_deploy/nutrients-09-00367-v2.pdf

    • 44 min
    Sleep supplements: science or snake oil? - Part 1

    Sleep supplements: science or snake oil? - Part 1

    When we're seeking solutions to health problems we generally look to doctors and scientists for the best advice. But what happens when the experts don't actually have all the answers?



    This is often the case when we talk about sleep supplements. This rapidly growing market comprises a dizzying array of off-the-shelf products blending plant extracts, micronutrients, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, all of which purport to be able to help alleviate sleep problems in one way or the other.



    The problems stem from the fact that whilst there exists a modest body of scientific literature showing potential efficacy for solving some sleep issues,  the sleep supplement industry - devoid of regulatory restrictions -  is forging ahead to satisfy the enormous demand for novel, non-pharmaceutical based sleep solutions.



    We take a deep dive into these murky waters, exploring many of the lesser-discussed issues including the marketing of products, the distinctions between medical, anxiety and lifestyle-based sleep problems, the dichotomy of 'pill's vs 'behaviour change', the overlap of diet and nutrition, and also examining the exciting future potential of a new era of 'nutritional sleep medicine'.

    This episode’s guest:





    Jesse Cook is a 4th year Clinical Psychology graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the active Sleep Research Society Trainee Member At-Large. Jesse completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, where he established an initial passion and skillset for Sleep Research through his time as a research assistant in Dr. Richard Bootzin's Sleep Research Laboratory.



    Jesse’s research primarily focus on the assessment and treatment of persons with unexplained excessive daytime sleepiness. Additionally, he has published multiple papers evaluating the utility and ability of wearable consumer technologies as a sleep assessor, relative to PSG. You can reach Jesse by email at jdcook4@wisc.edu

    Resources:

    Jesse Cook Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jesse_Cook3



    Jesse on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SleepAndSportsv



    Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-supplements-part-1/

    • 56 min
    Pregnancy and baby sleep - beyond the mom blogs

    Pregnancy and baby sleep - beyond the mom blogs

    In today's episode we discuss all things pregnancy and baby sleep with physician, host of the award-winning Savvy Psychologist and new mum Dr Jade Wu.



    This episode's guest:







    Jade Wu, PhD, DBSM, is a Board-certified sleep psychologist and researcher at Duke University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD from Boston University and completed her clinical training at Duke. Her current research focuses on treating sleep disorders in those with chronic illness. In the clinic, her approach is grounded in both science and compassion.



    Website: https://www.jadewuphd.com/



    Savvy Psychologist Podcast: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/savvy-psychologist



    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jadewuphd



    Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/pregnancy-baby-sleep/

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    • 1 hr
    Documentary: Big Golf, science and the battle for Standard Time

    Documentary: Big Golf, science and the battle for Standard Time

    A special documentary to celebrate our 50th episode. Featuring multiple guests, archive material, original music and plenty of intrigue, follow the labyrinthine narrative of Daylight Saving Time, the new science of chronobiology, and the clandestine monied interests pushing to extend daylight hours into the evening.

    Guests in order of appearance

    Barry Mitzman - http://www.barrymitzman.com/

    Kimberly Honn, PhD - https://medicine.wsu.edu/overview/faculty-and-staff/kimberly-honn-ph-d/

    Jay Pea - https://savestandardtime.com/

    Dr Michael Grandner - https://www.michaelgrandner.com/about.html

    Emily Manoogian, PhD - https://panda.salk.edu/people/

    Christine Blume, PhD - https://www.christine-blume.com/





    Archive Material

    The Reasoning Behind Changing Daylight-Saving - NPR interview with Melissa Block and Michael Downing



    Daylight Saving Time - How Is This Still A Thing? - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) - Youtube



    Screen time and sleep - it's not just about the blue light - Sleep Junkies Podcast



    Daylight Saving Time, Grandpa Jones; Louis M. Jones - Internet Archive 



    Additional Credits

    Consultancy and good vibrations - Jim Carey, Inventive Audio



    Original music and sound design - Dark Trash



    Episode url: https://sleepjunkies.com/standard-time-documentary/

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Dogend Jenkins ,

Fantastic resource for insomniacs like me

Thanks for putting this together.

environmentalem ,

Informative and an eye opener to sleep

This podcast covers so many issues to do with sleep, it looks into the science behind disorders and connections of sleep to other conditions such as epilepsy.

It also addresses many issues that have caused us great pain on a personal level where the world seems to be divided on whether to let your child “cry it out” at night or nurture them and be there for them at a critical time of development in their lives. Thank you for bringing so many issues of sleep to the public and for the knowledgeable people you interview to bring awareness to us all.

Stanley Poole ,

A goldmine of sleep info

There's so much unresearched nonsense talked about what happens when we sleep, so it's refreshing to come across a resource like this. Sleep is a subject so utterly essential to who we are and how we are, we could all do with paying a bit more attention to it me thinks. But then of course quality attention needs to be rewared with quality information and I've been getting that here so thanks. Looking forward to many more Sleep Junkies podcasts. Good work peoples.

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