TEDxOrangeCoast Daniel Amen Change Your Brain Change Your Life
Good afternoon. I am so excited to be here. I actually film all my shows here at the Orange CountyPerforming Arts Center. So, innovation is a brain function. It is dependent onthe physical health of your brain. So, did you know obviously, your brainis involved in everything you do: how you think, how you feel, how you act,how you get along with other people.
At the Amen s, we have looked at over 63,000 brain scansover the last 20 years, and it is very clear to methat your brain is the organ of judgment, personality, character, and innovation. And when you brain works right, you work right. And when your brain is troubled, you are much more likelyto have trouble in your life.
So what you see on the screenare two brain SPECT scans. SPECT is the studythat we do in our . It is a very sophisticatedbrain imaging study that looks at blood flowand activity patterns. It looks at how your brain works. And it basically shows us three things:areas of the brain that work well, areas of the brainthat are low in activity, and areas of the brainthat are high in activity.
So good activity, too little, or too much. And then our job becomes balancing it. The image on your left is a healthy scan. It shows full, even, symmetrical activity. The color doesn't meananything, it's the shape. The image on the rightis an alcoholic scan. Alcohol is directly toxicto brain function. I know many of you believe
you have to haveyour two glasses of red wine a day because it's good for your heart. It is not good for your brain. With a healthy brain,it's very clear to me you're happier, healthier,wealthier, you're wiser, you're more creative, more innovative. When your brain is not healthy,for whatever reason: you had a brain injury,you have a terrible diet,
you live in a toxic environment, you're sadder, sicker,poorer, not as smart. You're more rigid, and you're inflexible, which is the opposite of innovation. I've said this tens of thousands of times,and it always blows me away. Your brain is the most complicatedorgan in the universe. There is nothing as complexas the human brain, nothing. It is estimated we have100 billion nerve cells.
Sleep deprivation disparities in health economic and social wellbeing Lauren Hale at TEDxSBU
Good morning! OK. Raise your hand if you did not get enough sleep last night. There are many possible reasons for this. Maybe you were up late at night because you had a toddler screaming for you in the middle of the night. I know I did! Or maybe you were cranking away
on that final document for work or for school. Or maybe you just got sucked in to watching another episode of the Daily Show. OK. So now, raise your hand if you are regularly not functioning at your top game because of how you slept. OK. So as sleep deprived as we are, we are among the lucky ones.
I say that because to be here today you need to be affiliated with Stony Brook University. That tells me that you've had the opportunity to pursue higher education. Further, to be here you have to have the ability to make choices about how you spend your time, control over your life.
Imagine how much harder it would be for you to sleep and to function, if you didn't have that control over your own time. I know it's hard to put yourself in someone else's shoes, but imagine, for example, if you didn't have enough money to feed your children. How hard would it be for you to sleepé Or imagine if your crowded urban apartment
was too noisy, or too cold, or too unsafe for you to comfortably fall asleep at night. My goal today is to get you thinking about the social patterning of sleep, why some of us are sleeping worse than others and what the consequences are for society. In my research, I investigate the underlying causes and consequences of sleep deprivation
and sleep disorders. Today I'll share with you some of the results of my research and that of my colleagues. And I hope to convey to you why we, as individuals and as a society, should be deeply concerned about how we sleep and what we can do about it. So, for everybody, whether you're rich or poor,