What is non-sleep deep rest? (NSDR)


Non-Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR) is a term coined by as an umbrella term to describe practices that shift the brain and body into a state of deep relaxation, which is not sleep 1. NSDR can include various protocols such as meditation, yoga nidra, and hypnosis, all designed to induce deep relaxation and facilitate recovery, reduce anxiety, and even enhance neuroplasticity and learning 2. emphasizes that NSDR practices like yoga nidra involve lying down and participating in long exhale breathing, without the movement associated with traditional yoga 2.

Scientific studies support NSDR's effectiveness in enhancing brain function, increasing learning speeds, and memory retention when paired with learning activities, and help in the recovery of sleep and restoration of dopamine levels in the brain 3. NSDR is also highlighted for its potential to improve focus, especially when sleep-deprived 4. Additionally, has pointed out that NSDR benefits emotional stability and can make it easier to fall asleep at night 5.

Non-Sleep Deep Rest

Andrew discusses the benefits of non-sleep deep rest (NSDR) and how it can improve brain and body function. He explains that NSDR protocols involve deliberate and directed shifts towards deeper relaxation, such as meditation, yoga nidra, and hypnosis. Andrew highlights hypnosis as a unique NSDR tool that can be directed towards specific goals and outcomes, promoting not just deep relaxation but also accelerating plasticity and learning within the brain.

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