- October 19, 2017
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the questions of why we sleep, what good it serves, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life-eating, drinking, and reproducing-the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. In his new book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Covering cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to improve our and extend our lives.
We know sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds the past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. But many questions remain: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage?
Join Dr. Walker and Daniel Deslauriers for the answers to these questions and more in a conversation about the stunning power of sleeping and dreaming.
Matthew Walker, PhD is an award-winning neuroscientist and a leading world expert on sleep. He has appeared in several Google Tech talks and radio features on BBC and NPR, including Science Friday. Dr. Walker was the feature of a CBS 60 Minutes special entitled "The Science of Sleep." He contributed to the recent National Geographic documentary Sleepless in America; the PBS NOVA special "Memory Hackers"; and, most recently, the BBC Horizon documentary Curing Alzheimer's. He is a frequent international public speaker and offers workshops of various kinds to business leaders and technology firms.
Dr. Walker earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Currently he is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is the founder and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory.
Professor Walker has received numerous awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. To date, Dr. Walker has published over 100 scientific research studies.
Daniel Deslauriers, PhD is Professor in the Transformative Studies Doctorate and former chair of East-West Psychology at CIIS. He is co-author of Integral Dreaming. A Holistic Approach to Dreams (SUNY Press). Teacher, author and performer, he directs narrative, theoretical, and art-based research at CIIS, spanning from dream studies to contemplative dance.