035: Circadian rhythm, immune/metabolism/brain health, & how light impacts sleep with Dr. Jamie Zeitzer

The Other Way

Mar 28 2023 • 46 mins

Zeitzer is an Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, as well as the co-Director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Sciences. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Vassar College before receiving a PhD in neurobiology from Harvard University.

💫 We cover :

  • What is the circadian rhythm and why is it important
  • The different types of “rhythms” within your body; per organ
  • The link between your circadian rhythm and diabetes, your immune function, and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers
  • Social  jetlag: what is it and why it is bad for your health
  • Light therapy: what is it and why it is so important for good sleep and a healthy, functioning circadian rhythm
  • The negative physiological effects of staying up past your innate sleep time
  • Ideal sleep x wake cycle vs. erratic sleep cycle
  • Understanding “how much light” to get every day
  • The differences between “outdoor” light vs. inside light
  • How too much sleep deprivation actually creates an “immunity” to sleepiness
  • Dr. Zeitzer's sleep routine :)

+ so much more

💫 To connect with Dr. Zeitzer :

  • https://profiles.stanford.edu/jamie-zeitzer

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