I’m sure you know that getting enough sleep is important, but do you know about all the negative side effects bad sleeping habits can have on your body over time? Recent research shows that lack of sleep can affect everything from our brain health to inflammation. And today’s “hustle” culture doesn’t make changing our sleeping habits any easier. Disconnecting from our smartphones, email, social media, video games, and more seems tougher than ever — so it’s only natural that poor sleeping habits come as a result.
So, what can we do about it? My guest today is one of the world’s leading experts on sleep, and he’s going to show us how we can turn things around when it comes to catching some Z’s. His mission is to reunite humanity through the power of great sleep — and he’s well on his way to do it! During our conversation, he shares with me why sleep should be considered the foundational pillar of health rather than a “nice-to-have”, the importance of dreaming, how to begin prioritizing sleep TODAY, and so much more.
No matter if you’re an athlete, an entrepreneur, side hustler, or something else, we ALL need to start thinking of sleep differently, and listening to this episode is a great place to start. Please help me welcome the one, the only Dr. Matthew Walker to The School of Greatness!
Dr. Walker earned his degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He later became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA. Currently, he is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.
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.
Dr. Walker is the author of the International Bestseller, Why We Sleep. It 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? How do common sleep pills affect us and can they do long-term damage?
Discovering the true importance of sleep has been something I’ve found so interesting and valuable over the last few years. If you’re looking to improve your overall health, or put your body and brain in the best position to perform at the highest level, then this episode is for you! Please join me for Episode 1,154 of The School of Greatness with Dr. Matthew Walker.