September 30, 2023
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“Most of us assume that sleep advanced. However why ought to we make that assumption? Why isn’t it that sleep was the default state when life emerged, and it was wakefulness that advanced?”

— Dr. Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker Ph.D. (@sleepdiplomat) is professor of neuroscience on the College of California Berkeley and founder and director of the college’s Center for Human Sleep Science. Walker is the creator of The New York Occasions and worldwide bestseller Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams which was lately listed by Invoice Gates as considered one of his high 5 books of the 12 months. His TED Discuss, “Sleep is Your Superpower,” has garnered greater than 17 million views. 

He has obtained quite a few funding awards from the Nationwide Science Basis and the Nationwide Institutes of Well being and is a Kavli Fellow of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences. In 2020, Walker was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Achievements. Walker’s analysis examines the impression of sleep on human well being and illness. He has been featured on quite a few tv and radio shops together with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Nationwide Geographic Channel, NOVA Science, NPR, and the BBC. He’s additionally the host of the 5-star-rated podcast The Matt Walker Podcast, which is all about sleep, the mind, and the physique.

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  • Sleep and Alzheimer’s illness.
  • What causes the decline of deep sleep as we age?
  • Are there any identified species that don’t require sleep?
  • Mind stimulation for extra deep sleep, much less insomnia.
  • Ideas for higher sleep with out laboratory price range or entry.
  • Best kinds of train for selling deep sleep.
  • Matt’s up to date ideas on caffeine and sleep.
  • Hashish (CBD, THC, CBN) and sleep.
  • A crowdsourcing request from listeners.
  • If the mattress’s a-rocking…
  • The Da Vinci Code magic sleep system.
  • DARPA innovation.
  • Guaranteeing correct perform within the glymphatic system.
  • Psychedelics and sleep.
  • How sleep impacts meals consumption and weight fluctuation.
  • Orexin, I reckon.
  • Fainting goats and narcolepsy.
  • Modafinil.
  • How sleep medicines have an effect on sleep high quality.
  • Trazodone.
  • Serotonin sort 2A antagonism.
  • Perilous polypharmacy.
  • Pregabalin and gabapentin.
  • The psychological worth of emergency sleep medication for insomniacs.
  • CBTI and the balancing function of pharmacology.
  • Parting ideas and what to anticipate from a future spherical two.


“If sleep is a lacking piece within the explanatory puzzle of growing older and Alzheimer’s illness, then possibly we will do one thing about it. Sleep is a modifiable issue.”

— Dr. Matthew Walker

“In biology it’s very uncommon that you simply get a free lunch. And once you battle biology, you usually lose.”

— Dr. Matthew Walker

“Evening after night time, if you happen to’re not cleaning the mind, it turns into like compounding curiosity on a mortgage, that it continues to escalate time and time once more, night time after night time. “

— Dr. Matthew Walker

“Most of us assume that sleep advanced. However why ought to we make that assumption? Why isn’t it that sleep was the default state when life emerged, and it was wakefulness that advanced?”

— Dr. Matthew Walker


DISCLAIMER: I’m not a health care provider, nor do I play one on the Web. Not one of the content material on this podcast constitutes medical recommendation. Please seek the advice of your physician earlier than contemplating something we talk about on this episode.

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