Matthew Walker – Why We Sleep | How To Sleep Better & Improve Your Life
Matthew Walker is an award winning Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California Berkeley, and the Sleep Scientist at Google.
His book “Why We Sleep” takes a groundbreaking look at how sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, one that is increasingly neglected in modern society, and how that can have deadly consequences.
03:47 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:03 Brian’s introduction.
06:56 Why Matthew‘s book is more comprehensive than just the top 10 tips for sleep.
09:04 How he came to study the importance of sleep and detrimental effects from lack of it.
11:58 How a lack of sleep affects dieting and exercise.
14:02 Sometimes, to unmask the lack of sleep you are having you have to put the system under load.
16:13 Alcohol as an aid to sleep is a major misconception.
19:25 Other issues affecting sleep: light; body temperature; regularity;
24:24 Schools give lectures about drugs and sex, but nothing on the importance of sleep.
27:23 Sleep deprived parenthood.
32:58 Wakefulness is low level brain damage, sleep is a life support mechanism.
36:39 Sleep is not a passive state; how surprising activity in phases of sleep aids the memory.
46:42 Success secrets.
47:35 Social jetlag or sleep bulimia is disastrous.
50:54 The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. Sleep is absent as a voice in medicine.
1:02:00 Reaction of the medical world to his article in The Lancet.
1:03:56 The sleep divorce concept is a huge issue on a taboo subject.
1:08:30 Sleeping pills come with deleterious consequences.
1:15:10 Matthew could help reduce Theresa May’s promised 30 million pound injection into NHS.
1:18:14 Why and what it is like, to come out of the lab into the limelight.
1:20:08 Passion for sleep will drive Matthew’s mission to promote its benefits to industrialised nations.
1:23:05 Sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body health.
1:23:41 Brian’s summing up and Matthew’s thanks to Brian.
Matthew Walker website.
Matthew Walker on YouTube
University of Berkeley, Psychology Department
Matthew Walker on Wikipedia
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
The Lancet: A sleep prescription for medicine
The Knick (TV series)
The Cider House Rules (film)
Mad Men (TV series)
Rand Corporation: Why Sleep Matters: Quantifying the Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep
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