On Hiatus

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There are periods in life when you are presented with such abundance of opportunity that you have to make difficult choices about where to spend your time. At the moment this is the case for me. The next 3 months will require my laser sharp focus to launch a significant new program from Advanced Brain Technologies while managing other initiatives through the holidays. For now I must let some things go, including posting to my blog, so this is my official notice that I’m on blogging hiatus. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and look forward to reconnecting with you after the launch!

7 Tips for the Fall Sleep Transition

Alex Doman KUTV 2 News interview with anchor Ron Bird

Alex Doman KUTV 2 News interview with anchor Ron Bird

Are you ready for the time change? This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 am will mark the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) for most of us in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This is the time of year that our circadian clock becomes disrupted, similar to jet lag, as your body clocks adjust, resetting to a time one hour earlier than you’ve been used to since DST began in March.

Some people find this time change difficult, so KUTV 2News This Morning in Salt Lake City invited me in the studio earlier today to discuss some strategies for handling the “Fall Back” sleep transition with anchor Ron Bird. I’ve expanded on what we discussed below.

7 Tips for the Fall Sleep Transition

  • Stop bad habits- These are things that we can control; smoking, drinking caffeine or alcohol, eating big meals, or doing intensive exercise too close to bed.  Now is a great time to make better sleep hygiene choices.
  • Unplug your devices- Stop staring at your television, computer, tablet, and smart phone at least one hour before bed. Light from these screens suppresses melatonin production, robbing you of vital Zzz’s.
  • Prepare yourself- Start preparing early by trying to stay up later each night this week, starting at 15 minutes, working up to one hour leading up to the time change. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, your circadian clock should be set to the right rhythm.
  • Change your clocks- Most people automatically set the clock back the night before the time change. In the fall, changing the clock the night before will give you an extra hour of sleep. Note, some who suffer from insomnia may be better to change the clock Sunday morning.
  • Get some light- Fall and winter bring shorter and darker days which can lead to sleep problems and depression for many.  Sunlight is needed to keep a healthy circadian rhythm, so get plenty of morning and afternoon light.  If there is not enough natural light to keep you bright, consider a light box.
  • Replace your mattress- Is your mattress old and tired? Chuck it… Improve sleep efficiency by sleeping on a non-toxic, medical grade mattress that provides pressure relief to reduce tossing and turning.
  • Reset with sound- If you have trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep the right sounds can actually improve your brain rhythms for better sleep. Try neuroscience based music and sound created using information garnered helping NASA get astronauts to sleep in space where there is a new sunrise every 90 minutes they orbit the earth! This technology is available in a mobile app and clinical grade sleep system.

Sleep is precious, and over 70 million Americans aren’t getting enough of it. I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere find these Fall Sleep Tips helpful in getting your nightly 8 as you make the transition to these darker, colder days.

Curious as to why DST even exists? Check out this article from National Geographic.

15 Years

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ADVANCED BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES

Founded October 18, 1998-  I am very proud of what our team has accomplished in the last 15 years. While it has never been easy, the lessons learned have made us better, faster, stronger, and more compassionate for those we serve. Grateful for the opportunity and excited for the future!

Lou je m’appelle Lou

A dear friend just shared this video with me. It touched me as I believe it will you.

Gracias Gaby, and Bravo Lou!

Mystery of Sleep Discovered?

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For eons, scientists and philosophers have mused on the subject of why people sleep. We know that sleep is vital to our physical, emotional, and cognitive health, yet the neural mechanisms responsible for the restorative qualities of sleep have not been well understood.

New research from the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York suggest one answer to the mystery why we sleep? 

It turns out the brain performs its house cleaning while we catch our nightly zzz’s, clearing out metabolic waste products of neural activity.  Another great reason for sleep!

Watch the cleaning in action. 

Read more on BBC News.

journal Science Abstract- Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain

Reboot Your Brain Event: Neuroscience of Sleep is Today

Reboot Your Brain

The Reboot Your Brain Free Online Summit started on Monday and is capturing the interest of people worldwide learning cutting edge ways to upgrade their brains!

My session Neuroscience of Sleep starts TODAY, Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 Pacific. Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. If you are one of them please join me. I’ll explain why you may not be sleeping at night and will give you neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

There’s still time to register and listen for free! The broadcast will be available for 24 hours. 

NEUROSCIENCE OF SLEEP

Alex Doman

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 starting at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Having trouble with your sleep? Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, explains exactly why you can’t sleep at night and gives us neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

- See more at: http://rebootyourbrainevent.com/event-page/#sthash.bdk0ram4.dpuf

If you hurry you may still be able to still catch Dr. Rory Stern’s session on ADHD. Also, watch for Dr. Siegfried Othmer discussing Neurofeedback this Friday the 18th! All the other presenters are amazing, but these two are friends for whom I have immense respect, so I wanted to make sure you knew about them.

Thank you to Brain Pages and Erin Matlock for organizing this event and inviting me to contribute. What a gift!

Please comment here or on Facebook after listening to my session if you have any thoughts or questions!

Off to Monterrey, Mexico

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Tomorrow morning I’m off to Monterrey, Mexico to present at III Congreso Internacional Neurociencia y Aprendizaje hosted by Universidad Tecmilenio and our Mexican Representatives Sonica. I really enjoy my biannual trip south of the border where I receive such warm greetings from my good friends! If you’ve traveled to Monterrey you know how amazing the locals are. The mountains are beautiful and remind me of home (Ogden, Utah). Yet, another draw is the regional food which is muy excellente! Every tried Cabrito?

I’ll be instructing a TLP Provider Certification Course with simultaneous Spanish translation with Leon Flores, MD, Gaby Urdiales and Sheila Allen on the 10th and 11th. The 12th is the main conference open to the public where I’ll be presenting on our auditory-vestibular sleep technology in the morning.  Late afternoon I’ll be joined by my collaborators Sheila Allen and Nacho Arimany for our two-hour program titled Intercultural Sound and Music: A Novel Rhythmic Approach for Improving Brain Function.

One unique aspect of the TLP Provider Certification Course we are offering is that we’ll have about one hundred psychology and education students from the university attending in addition to their instructors and other professionals. That makes for a big group! It certainly will be an interesting challenge (opportunity) to teach a course that we generally cap at forty on that scale! Wish us luck…



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