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The Neuroscience of a Healthy Brain & Why You Dream with Dr Rahul Jandial

Angela interviews Dr. Rahul Jandial about the fascinating topic of dreaming from a scientific perspective.


Angela interviews Dr. Rahul Jandial about the fascinating topic of dreaming from a scientific perspective.

Dr. Jandial, a brain surgeon and neuroscientist, delves into the intricate workings of the brain during sleep and dreaming, exploring the connection between waking life experiences and dream content, and highlighting the importance of understanding the brain's transition between executive and imagination networks.

Key Takeaways

The brain needs to dream to stay fine-tuned, imaginative, and maximally adaptive.
It is not just a glitch but a necessary process for the brain to function at its best.
The transitional states of sleep exit and sleep entry are fascinating liminal zones where the brain toggles between executive network function and imaginative network function.
These states can be rich with creative ideas and solutions.
Techniques for inducing lucid dreaming, such as waking up an hour before the usual time and then trying to fall back asleep while maintaining awareness, can increase the chances of experiencing lucid dreams.
Engaging in divergent thinking, which involves creative and imaginative ideation, can lead to fresh ideas and solutions.
This type of thinking is essential for creativity and problem-solving.

Best Moments

"I believe at some fundamental level that we sleep because we must dream. And that that's the essential feature of the human brain that's taking place during a period we call sleep."

"It's really interesting what you say about divergent focus and just like how you can become more creative and things and tap into that."

"I see dreaming as more of a high-intensity training for the brain, engaging all these different emotions and recesses that wouldn't happen with the routines of our day."

“It’s not physically that we get forced to sleep, the brain will force us to sleep."


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Angela is a Nutritionist, Health and Performance Coach. She is also the Founder and CEO of My DNA Edge, an Exclusive Private Membership Site giving individuals the tools and bio hacks needed to optimise their genetic expression for optimal health and performance.

Angela believes that we can truly have it all and has spent the last 5 years researching the habits and routines of high performers, uncovering age-old secrets, time-honoured holistic practices and modern science to create a blueprint for Optimal Human Performance.

Angela is a functional nutrition practitioner and executive health & performance coach.

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