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Why we sleep

Join Matthew Walker for a journey into the new science of sleep and dreams

Event description

Sleep scientist Matt Walker is on a mission to shift our values and habits around sleep; to recognise that sleep is the single most effective thing we can do for our health, wealth and wellbeing. The World Health Authority has declared a sleep loss epidemic throughout industrialised nations. The research is recent. The studies are new. Combining two decades of new science with stunning storytelling, Walker will show why we can no longer afford to neglect and abuse it.

The consequences of a short night are shocking. Routinely sleeping less than 6 or 7 hours a night is demolishing our immune systems, doubling our risk of cancer, is a marker for Alzheimer's, affects our psychological wellbeing, reproductive health, capacity for work, memory and creativity. Yet 39% of Brits sleep on average less than 7 hours a night and the number getting just 5-6 hours has risen dramatically in the last decade.Copies of Matthew's book Why We Sleep are available to pre-order, and will also be available after the event.

About the speaker

Matt Walker earned his degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London. 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. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. Dr. Walker’s research examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He has received numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is a Kavli Fellow of theNational Academy of Sciences

His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. To date, he has published more than 100 scientific research studies.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Watch Matthew Walker talk about sleep