Sleep Insights: A Conversation with Matthew Walker

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Open Agenda Publishing, Oct 1, 2020 - Health & Fitness

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at UC Berkeley. This extensive conversation gives a clear and compelling picture of our recent understanding of sleep's essential role in our daily lives, from reinforcing learning and memory to regulating emotion.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Dreams of a Final Theory, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Awakenings - From dementia to sleep, and now back again

II. Stages of Sleep - Deconstructing sleep architecture

III. Parasomnias and Evolution -  Getting it right, most of the time

IV. Learning and Memory - Three vital aspects

V. Sleeping Better? - Pharmacological effects and self-improvement

VI. Emotional Regulation - How sleep helps keep us balanced

VII. Sleep and Aging - Grappling with the inevitable

VIII. Sleep Stigma - Lazy thinking

IX. Further Questions - Motivation, narcolepsy and vicious circles

X. Lots To Do - Outstanding mysteries and public education

About Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: 

This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website (


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A Note on the Text
The Conversation
Stages of Sleep
Parasomnias and Evolution
Learning and Memory
Sleeping Better?
Emotional Regulation
Sleep and Aging
Sleep Stigma
Further Questions
Lots To

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About the author (2020)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas Roadshow and Ideas on Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. He was the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) from 1999-2007. During his time at PI, he also developed an extensive outreach programme for teachers, students and the general public. His experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of the institute were described in the book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

Ideas Roadshow is an award-winning initiative, recipient of the London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2018. Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 of the world’s brightest thinkers, including 3 Nobel Laureates, across the arts, sciences, sports and games.

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