The TRUTH About Non-Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR)

Non sleep deep rest (#NSDR) references any state of mind that is calm, focused, semi-sleepy state. Think of it as that space when you’re not really awake but you’re DEFINITELY not asleep. Non-sleep deep rest is a way for your body to relax and lower your anxiety, which over time should allow the natural sleep process to take over.

When you are in non-deep sleep rest, there is a reduction in your sympathetic nervous system — the fight or flight aspect — and an increase in your parasympathetic nervous system, the rest and digest side. Research has been shown it can relieve stress, and improve your memory, cognition, and neuroplasticity.

So why is it so popular? And how can we use #nsdr to help us sleep? Sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus explains the science behind non-sleep deep rest and why it might be worth trying TONIGHT to get better sleep.

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0:00 Explaining Non-Sleep Deep Rest
1:02 The Benefits of NSDR
2:15 When to Use NSDR
2:45 How to Benefit From It

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. can you please break down the sleep cycles and how much of each we need, and why- and what happens if we don’t get those cycles? 🙂 Appreciate all you do for us all.

  2. Is this the same as meditation? And do you answer questions in the comments? Thanks for the inspiring video.

  3. I spend hours in NSDR during my night. I partially awake for no reason and then can spend a long time in this semi state where I hear everything but I’m so almost asleep I can’t wake or fall back to sleep. Sometimes I need to put on a relaxation soon to fall back to sleep. I’m not refreshed ever and I’m wondering why this happens and how to I fix it

  4. 1 hour of NSDR=20 minutes of S.What do you do specificly? Lying on bed+Muscle massage+Listening to your favourite music+Long exhale breathing patterns, That’s what you do!

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