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The brain benefits of deep sleep


Dan Gartenberg: The brain benefits of deep sleep — and how to get more of it

06:37 minutes · Filmed Jun 2017 · Posted Dec 2017 · TED Residency

There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the stage that (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about this vital stage of sleep — and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.


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