The Mind After Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go to Sleep?

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The Mind after Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go to Sleep?

Full Program: 2011 World Science Festival | 01:25:42

Original Program Date: Friday, June 3, 2011

Featuring Sleep Clinician, Author Carlos H. Schenck, Neuroscientist, Dream Researcher Matthew Wilson, and Neurophysiologist, Sleep Scientist Niels Rattenborg with Science Writer Carl Zimmer Moderating

Full 90 Minute Program: We spend a third of our lives asleep. Every organism on Earth—from rats to dolphins to fruit flies to microorganisms—relies on sleep for its survival, yet science is still wrestling with a fundamental question: Why does sleep exist? During Shakespeare and Cervantes' time, sleep was likened to death, with body and mind falling into a deep stillness before resurrecting each new day. In reality, sleep is a flurry of action. Trillions of neurons light up. The endocrine system kicks into overdrive. The bloodstream is flooded with a potent cocktail of critically vital hormones. Such vibrant activity begs the question: Where do we go when we go to sleep? Based on new sleep research, there are tantalizing signposts. We delved into the one-eyed, half-brained sleep of some animals; eavesdropped on dreams to understand their cognitive significance; and investigated extreme and bizarre sleeping behaviors like “sleep sex” and “sleep violence.” More from this series: Mind after Midnight



Carl Zimmer

Science Writer
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Carlos H. Schenck

Sleep Clinician, Author
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Matthew Wilson

Neuroscientist, Dream Researcher
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Niels Rattenborg

Neurophysiologist, Sleep Scientist
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