I often reference sleep scientist Matthew Walker, PhD and his book “Why We Sleep” when I talk about the importance of sleeping 7-9 hours a day. I first heard of him on a Joe Rogan podcast that is about two hours long.
I understand that many of you may not like Joe Rogan’s style and crude language, and/or you don’t have two hours to listen to a podcast. Here is a great interview I found where Walker covers almost everything he talked about with Rogan, but is a little shy of one hour. It’s also lacking all the cursing Rogan mixes in, making this video perfectly suitable for sharing, especially with students and younger audiences.
Why Sleep Matters – Matthew Walker – Talks at Google
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep.
Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life – eating, drinking, and reproducing – the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
Professor Matthew Walker discusses with Matt Brittin twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters, how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime — this is a talk that will change how you think about bedtime!
Moderated by Matt Brittin.