Published 25 March 2024

NSDR With Dr. Andrew Huberman

Explore the benefits of NSDR (non-sleep deep rest) with Dr. Andrew Huberman as your guide.

What is NSDR?

Non-sleep deep rest (NSDR for short) is a popular practice developed by Dr. Andrew Huberman to help people relax and unwind.

NSDR practices guide you while seated or lying down with your eyes closed, and often involve focus on your breathing and visualization exercises.

You can do NSDR at any time of the day—whether you need help falling asleep, an extra boost at the start of the day, or anytime in between.

Dr. Huberman’s NSDR

Interested in trying out NSDR right now? We’ve got you covered with a 10-minute guided meditation with the one and only Dr. Andrew Huberman.

Practice NSDR every day with ease (and optional friendly reminders) with the Virtusan App. Try it today for free on iOS and Android.

NSDR benefits

Practicing NSDR daily for 10-30 minutes offers many advantages to your mind and body. Benefits of NSDR include:

  • Enhanced memory retention
  • Boosted neuroplasticity, aiding learning
  • Stress relief
  • Improved cognitive function, focus, and mental clarity
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Potential assistance in pain management

History of NSDR

‘NSDR’ was coined by neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman in 2022, to refer to a set of practices for achieving deep relaxation and restorative states without actually dozing off

NSDR was developed based on yoga nidra, a guided meditation that originated in India and has been a popular practice for centuries. While they both promote relaxation and rejuvenation and offer similar benefits, NSDR and yoga nidra aren’t exactly the same.

How Virtusan helps

Virtusan offer three NSDR practices—10, 20, and 30 minutes—guided by Dr. Huberman.

All you have to do is download the Virtusan App on iOS or Android, add NSDR to your Routine, and opt in for reminders. We’ll suggest when the best time is, but you can do NSDR whenever and wherever you want.

Maybe you’re having a stressful day at the office, or you need to relax and rewind before bed—pop on an NSDR practice and feel better in minutes.

Don’t just take our word for it, check out what others have to say about NSDR with Huberman:

‘been doing this almost daily for a few months now, really has made such a positive impact on my life. Lower stress, better sleep, more focus. You wont regret adding this to your routine’


‘it’s helped reduce my anxiety and insomnia so much! I feel more clear-headed and productive as well. I tried doing it more for stress but didn’t expect it to help me in other areas of my life.’


‘I have four young children (all under the age of 6), so to say I struggle with consistent sleep is an understatement. Having this tool available to me is extremely valuable.’


‘It is insane how much more focus I have when I do this in my lunch break’


Sit back and relax

Make NSDR a part of your daily routine and enjoy all the perks it brings for your mind and body. Whether you’re after better focus, stress relief, or just a good night’s sleep, NSDR has your back.

So, why not take a moment for yourself, close your eyes, and let Dr. Huberman be your trusted guide to a place of peace and vitality? We’ll see you there!


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