The Science of Sleep

If you have never been to a Academy of Sciences lecture, you are missing out.  They always find notable speakers on interesting topics.  They just released their next lectures and have a couple that sparked my interest.

I found their May 20th talk "The Science of Sleep" particularly intriguing.  For those of you who are not aware, I am a giant sleep nerd and am a big advocate for proper sleep management: getting enough of it, sleep posture, proper sleep cycles... etc.  So, I went ahead and bought myself a ticket to go check listen in.  I thought I would pass along the invite to any of you who might share an interest on all things sleep to join along.  If you are interested buy your ticket here and post to comments or message me, so I know you're going!  Want to check out other lectures?  Go to the Cal Academy of Sciences lecture site here.

Matthew Walker In Conversation with Indre Viskontas

The science of sleep has traditionally been abstract, but advances in imaging technology now allow scientists to peek inside the sleeping brain. This is exactly what neuroscientists at UC Berkeley are working on in their sleep labs that study everything from how the brain functions during sleep to what the impacts of sleep deprivation have on our health and on our memories. Why do we sleep? What exactly is going on in our brain during the various stages of sleep? What is the optimal number of hours and how does sleep affect our mood, our memories, and more? The brilliance of sleep may be greater than you ever imagined.

As a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Matthew Walker examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He earned his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London and subsequently became Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is the recipient of funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Walker has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes and the National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America, among other programs.

Indre Viskontas is a cognitive neuroscientist with the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has published groundbreaking work on the neural basis of memory and creativity and has won numerous research and teaching awards. Viskontas currently co-hosts the popular science podcast Inquiring Minds, produced in partnership with The Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration with The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Huffington Post and Wired.