Managing "Sleep Debt" for Better Performance and Health: Introducing the Stanford Method for Ultimate Sound Sleep

Philippines Conference Room
Encina Hall, Third Floor, Central, C330
616 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Dr. Seiji Nishino, Professor, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and head of Stanford Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology Lab

Sleep is essential for life, and we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping. If asked about the roles of sleep, most people can list a few examples as restoration of sleepiness and fatigue. Sleep is well known to be important for hormone and autonomic nerve adjustment, since growth hormone, a fundamental hormone for body metabolism, is released at the first NREM sleep. It is also well-known that sleep is important for memory fixations. More recently, sleep has been recognized to strengthen immune functions and facilitate clearance of waste products in the brain. Memory erasure, another important function of memory consolidation, also occurs during sleep. Although the public awareness of the importance of sleep has increased recently, people living in the modern era stay up late and are sleeping less and less; chronic sleep loss, or “Sleep Debt” accumulates. “Sleep Debt” not only impairs daily performance but also increases the risk for various diseases including metabolic syndrome, hypertension, stoke, ischemic heart disease, psychiatric diseases, cancer, and cognitive disorders. Nishino will discuss the Stanford Method for Ultimate Sound Sleep, which will strives to provide people with better sleep and an edge in their performance throughout the day. This technique is based on evidences from Stanford and other research facilities around the world.


Dr. Seiji Nishino, Professor, Stanford Department of Psychiatry and head of Stanford Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology Lab




Dr. Seiji Nishino is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and the head of the Stanford Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology Lab (SCN lab). He was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1955. In 1987, he joined to the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine at Stanford University. His research focus at the SCN Laboratory is sleep and circadian physiology using various animal models. A portion of the research is carried out using rodent models of narcolepsy and circadian rhythm sleep disorders. The laboratory also carries out pharmacological studies aiming to develop new treatments for these sleep disorders. He has published a book “The Stanford Method for Ultimate Sound Sleep” in Japan in March 2017, and 300,000 copies has been sold. In the book, he introduced the concept of “Sleep Debt” to Japanese readers, and “ Sleep Debt” was selected as one of top 10 most popular words in 2017 in Japan.


4:15pm: Doors open
4:30pm-5:30pm: Talk and Discussion
5:30pm-6:00pm: Networking


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