Sleep is your superpower
Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body.
Dr. Matthew Walker shares why sleep is now more important than ever
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, renowned sleep scientist DR. MATTHEW WALKER was sought-out for a fascinating virtual conversation as part of TEDConnect on "Why sleep matters now more than ever." An in-depth one hour interview, in the conversation Walker shares wisdom and debunks myths, discussing the impact of sleep on mind and body -- from unleashing your creative powers to boosting your memory and immune health -- and details practices you can start (and stop) doing right now. The conversation builds on Walker's work and research from his New York Times bestseller Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, and his groundbreaking original TEDTalk, "Sleep is your superpower," which has over 3 million views. Walker's work and advice have been making headlines in Forbes and Inc., as people grapple with the stress and uncertainty of the coronavirus, and restless and sleepless nights have become all the more common. At engagements worldwide, Walker translates his work for every industry and audience, sharing the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Google to the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Walker's reviews include: "It was absolutely perfect! Matt is a delight to work with, and the audience loved, loved his presentation."
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Speaker Spotlight: Matthew Walker
A Sleep Scientist at Google, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at UC Berkeley, as well as the founder and director of the school's Center for Human Sleep Science, DR. MATTHEW WALKER is a celebrated sleep expert. The author of the New York Times bestseller Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, hailed as an "important and fascinating book" by Bill Gates, Dr. Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Dedicated to the communication of science, Dr. Walker has shed light on his groundbreaking research everywhere from Google to TED, where his talk "Sleep is your superpower" has over 3 million views. He discusses the impact of sleep on human health and disease in a way that is digestible for any audience and provides tangible takeaways on wellness and peak performance. With experience serving as Chief Scientist and scientific counsel for numerous technology companies, including Hello and Fitbit, Dr. Walker translates his work for any industry and audience. As the Cooper Companies raved after Dr. Walker's event, "It was absolutely perfect! Matt is a delight to work with, and the audience loved, loved his presentation."
Dr. Matthew Walker is a former Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Walker’s research examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He has received numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. To date, Walker has published over 100 scientific research studies.
Dr. Walker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Why We Sleep, which was recently selected for the prestigious Sundance Book Festival. Why We Sleep has a singular goal: to reunite humanity with sleep. The book provides a complete description of, and prescription for, sleep. It answers critical questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during dreaming? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Why are sleep pills linked to a higher risk of death and cancer?
Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. The book concludes with a provocative new vision for sleep in the modern world - one that aims to solve the greatest public-health challenge we now face: the global sleep-loss epidemic.
Dedicated to the communication of science, Dr. Walker is an internationally recognized speaker, having been invited to give talks at the prestigious Royal Institution (Ri) and Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) in London, The Smithsonian in the U.S., and he has also given three Google talks. Dr. Walker is also a popular media discussant and frequent feature on mainstream television outlets including the BBC and CBS, as well as popular radio outlets such as the BBC World Service and NPR.
With the goal of promoting sleep's critical importance, he speaks at festivals, events, and forums available to the general public. Dr. Walker also offers workshops of various kinds to business leaders, technology firms, and medical and healthcare professionals. Dr. Walker was the feature of a CBS 60 Minutes special entitled “The Science of Sleep.”
Dr. Walker has also helped create the recent National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America, and the PBS NOVA special, Memory Hackers. Most recently, he has contributed to the BBC Horizon documentary, Curing Alzheimer’s. His numerous presentations include several Google Tech talks and radio features on the BBC and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, City Arts & Lectures, Hidden Brain, Science Friday, and Forum: NPR.
Dr. Walker holds numerous U.S. patents concerning consumer-based sleep recording, sleep tracking, and sleep stimulation. He also owns several patents focused on the commercial use of consumer-based sleep measures as they apply to health, technology, business, and enterprise.
Previously, Dr. Walker has served as Chief Scientist and scientific counsel for numerous technology companies, including Hello and Fitbit. Currently, Dr. Walker is a Sleep Scientist at Google. Here, Dr. Walker helps the scientific exploration of sleep in health and disease.