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Interview with Matthew Walker: Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker
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My guest today is Matthew Walker, a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. His new book is “Why We Sleep.” Matthew’s mission is to reunite humanity with sleep. He learned insufficient sleep is linked to ALL of the top killers in civilized countries. The average adult only sleeps 6 hours and 31 minutes. The disease and suffering that is present because of lack of sleep has become his motivator to instill change. So how much sleep do we need? If you are not getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep a day, you are not acting at optimal performance. Most who think they can operate at full capacity with 6 hours of sleep have become numb to the state they live in. They have forgotten, or perhaps have never known, what their optimal performance looks and feels like.

The topic is sleep science.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Alcohol and sleep
  • Marijuana and sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Dream sleep
  • School start times
  • Daylight savings time
  • Reproductive health and the relationship with sleep

“Dream sleep is a form of information alchemy.” – Matthew Walker

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