Sleep is your superpower! Dr Matthew Walker’s life changing podcast
Like Rich Roll in this fascinating podcast, I am obsessed with sleep and the critical role it plays in every facet of health. This podcast shares the thoughts and research of one of the world’s leading neuroscientists in the field of sleep science.
Matthew started his sleep journey in Nottingham and earned his Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is currently a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.
In addition, Matthew has written the international bestselling book ‘Why We Sleep’. For some people knowing all the facts about how sleep can have a deleterious effect on our health can almost heighten your anxiety around sleep particularly if you’re not getting the recommended 7-9 hours.
This podcast however, breaks down some of the fears that can come across in Matthews book. It covers everything you need and ever wanted to know about sleep, including:
• what are the stages of sleep and why are they both so important for our health?
• why do we sleep?
• what happens to our bodies and minds when we sleep
• why is sleep so important?
• what happens when we don’t get enough?
• what is the deal with dreams, sleepwalking & sleep paralysis?
• what can we do to prioritize and improve our sleep?
In addition, Dr. Walker answers the questions like: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? What is the relationship between sleep, immunity, weight gain, and mood? And most critical: how do we resolve the global sleep-loss epidemic?
All told, this is an utterly fascinating masterclass on why you must rethink your relationship with sleep and the profound short and long-term impacts sleep has on every facet of our lives from learning to mood, productivity, energy, hormone regulation, longevity, and even susceptibility to cancer and other diseases.
Its 3 hours long but you should be able to fit it in with all that extra energy you have from sleeping so well.