Ted Talk Friday: Bodybuilding for the brain

I think this is such an important topic today. People brag about getting too little sleep, but there is so much research showing its great importance in how we learn and live. Growing research supports that it is critical for learning, but also for preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s. Watch the talk below to learn more about why you shouldn’t neglect your sleep.

Do you get enough sleep? Did you know that sleep was this important for learning?



  1. Such an important topic! Thank you for sharing this important talk. I know for me, sleep is crucial for my health overall and for making anything else like fitness and balanced eating fall into place.

  2. I am a STICKLER for sleep. My husband makes fun of me but if I don’t get 8-9 hours every night, I’m useless. If I could, I would sleep for 10 hours.

  3. I have to confess: I typically get between 8 and 9 hours of sleep every night. And I have a toddler and an infant! Gosh. I hope I didn’t just jinx that. But (knock on wood) it seems like everyone in my family loves sleep.

  4. I don’t understand bragging about getting too little sleep. I brag about how much sleep I get! And it still doesn’t feel like enough.

  5. I’m usually in bed by 10:00, up by 5:00 on workdays and 6:30 or 7:00 on my days of. I used to stay up really late and skid by on just a few hours’ sleep, but I’m way to old (and wise) for that now!

    • Hahah that’s awesome! Yes, I think our bodies can only tolerate that treatment for a short period!

  6. I am really focusing on getting more sleep this year. I’ve got a lot of room for improvement but at least I’m starting.

  7. I do not get enough sleep. I have a lot of issues with sleeping. From restless legs to a tingling foot my sleep is never that deep. And believe me, I KNOW it’s important because NOT getting enough sleep wreaks havoc on everything. I don’t know the answer but I’m trying a bunch of stuff to fix it.

  8. I’m not a fabulous sleeper – I just have a lot on my mind and generalized anxiety is always a thing for me. It’s important though so I do my best.

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