Neuroscientist and sleep researcher Matthew Walker takes you through the history of sleep and what he’ll be teaching in his class.
Neuroscience professor Matthew Walker teaches you the science of sleep and how to optimize it to better your overall health.
[MUSIC PLAYING] MATTHEW WALKER: When I started studying sleep 20 years ago, sleep was perhaps one of the last great remaining scientific mysteries. But we are now making some remarkable inroads into that fundamental question of why we sleep.
REPORTER: Here, scientist Matthew Walker has devoted more than 20 years to studying sleep. REPORTER: Matthew Walker is director of the Center for human sleep science at the University of California, Berkeley. REPORTER: And he’s published more than 100 scientific studies. – No matter what the ailment, it’s more than likely that sleep has a tool within the box that will see you well. REPORTER: Matthew Walker’s book “Why We Sleep” was a New York Times bestseller and was named a best book of 2017 by Business Insider and NPR, among others.
We now understand that sleep serves a whole constellation of different lifetime benefits for both the brain and for the body. Perhaps one of the reasons that I’m sitting here teaching this class in front of you is because I am so desperately passionate about this thing called sleep and communicating it to the general public. What this class really boils down to is that sleep is the elixir of life. It is the Swiss army knife of health, and it is mother nature’s best effort yet at immortality. What are the chances, then, that you may be getting enough sleep? Well, what we know from survey data is that one out of every three people that you pass on the street is not getting the sleep that they need.
This class is going to be about discovering what sleep actually is, why we need to sleep, and how we can even try to optimize our lives to improve the quantity and the quality of our sleep. So what are the things that you’re going to learn in this class that will have a measurable impact for you on your life? Well, we’re going to learn about your specific chronotype.
Exactly when should you be trying to optimally time your sleep on the 24 hour clock? We will learn how sleep impacts your memory, how sleep perhaps reduces your risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease, even certain forms of cancer, how sleep can actually slow down aspects of the physiological aging process. And of course, we can’t have a class on sleep without speaking about dreams.
What are dreams? How are dreams created within the brain? So if you’re an individual who thinks, I have not been getting the sleep that I need, am I beyond any salvation? Am I beyond hope? And the answer is no. It is never too late to start sleeping better. I’m Matthew Walker, and this is my MasterClass.
01. Meet Your Instructor
02. What Is Sleep?
03. How Sleep Works
04. Night Owl or Morning Lark?
05. The Buzz on Alcohol and Caffeine
06. Prevent Sleep Debt
07. Fire Up the Brain
08. Sleep Across Our Life Span
09. Overnight Therapy
10. The Absurd Act of Dreaming
11. Sleep and the Human Body
12. Diet and Sleep
13. Sleep to Thrive
14. How to Sleep Better
15. Reclaim Your Sleep