Understanding and Using Dreams to Learn and to Forget | Huberman Lab Podcast #5

This episode is all about the two major kinds of dreams and the sorts of learning and unlearning they are used for. I discuss REM-associated dreams that control emotional learning and their similarity to various trauma treatments such as ketamine and EMDR. I also discuss Non-REM dreams and their role in motor learning and learning of detailed, non-emotionally-laden information. I relate this to science-backed tools for accessing more of the types of sleep and learning people may want. Other topics are listed in the time stamps below. Please put any questions or thoughts (or dreams!) you have in the comments section.

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Timestamps below.
00:00 Introduction
03:00 The Dream Mask
06:00 Cycling Sleep
08:10 Chemical Cocktails of Sleep
13:00 Motor Learning
16:30 High Performance with Less Sleep
17:45 Rapid Eye Movement Sleep
20:30 Paralysis & Hallucinations
23:35 Nightmares
24:45 When REM & Waking Collide
25:00 Sleeping While Awake
26:45 Alien Abductions
29:00 Irritability
30:00 Sleep to Delete
32:25 Creating Meaning
34:10 Adults Acting Like Children
36:20 Trauma & REM
37:15 EMDR
39:10 Demo
44:25 Ketamine / PCP
45:45 Soup, Explosions, & NMDA
48:55 Self Therapy
50:30 Note About Hormones
51:40 Measuring REM / SWS
53:15 Sleep Consistency
56:00 Bed Wetting
58:00 Serotonin
59:00 Increasing SWS
59:50 Lucidity
1:02:15 Booze / Weed
1:03:50 Scripting Dreams
1:04:35 Theory of Mind
1:07:55 Synthesis
1:10:00 Intermittent Sleep Deprivation
1:11:10 Snoring Disclaimer
1:11:40 New Topic
1:15:50 Corrections
1:17:25 Closing Remarks

As always, thank you for your interest in science!

Please note that The Huberman Lab Podcast is distinct from Dr. Huberman’s teaching and research roles at Stanford University School of Medicine. The information provided in this show is not medical advice, nor should it be taken or applied as a replacement for medical advice. The Huberman Lab Podcast, its employees, guests and affiliates assume no liability for the application of the information discussed.

[Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac ]

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