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The Matt Walker Podcast is all about sleep, the brain, and the body. Matt is a Professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the book, Why We Sleep and has given a few TED talks. Matt is an awkward British nerd who adores science and the communication of science to the public. 

The Matt Walker Podcast Dr. Matt Walker

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 94 Ratings

The Matt Walker Podcast is all about sleep, the brain, and the body. Matt is a Professor of Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of the book, Why We Sleep and has given a few TED talks. Matt is an awkward British nerd who adores science and the communication of science to the public. 

    # 74 - Sleep & THC

    # 74 - Sleep & THC

    Matt continues his exploration into the intricate link between cannabis and sleep, focusing on THC in this second installment, beginning with a reminder to listeners of the historical insights from doctors like O'Shaughnessy and Clendinning in the 1800s regarding cannabis's sleep-inducing effects. He shifts to how THC affects sleep today, noting that while it initially reduces sleep onset time and early night awakenings, chronic use worsens sleep quality, leading to frequent disruptions, espe...

    • 44 min
    Ask Me Anything Part 6

    Ask Me Anything Part 6

    Matt and Eti team up again today for another entertaining and informative AMA episode. This time around, they dive into the intriguing world of lunar cycles and their potential influence on sleep patterns and dreams. From ancient beliefs to modern scientific findings, our duo unpacks the subtle yet fascinating impact of the moon. They then go on to explore the calming effects of weighted blankets on children and adults alike, revealing how deep touch pressure therapy enhances sleep quality an...

    • 50 min
    #73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes

    #73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes

    Dr. Chris Barnes from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business joins Matt to discuss the often overlooked importance of sleep in boosting workplace productivity and ethical decision-making. Together, they delve into how sleep deprivation affects job performance, the impact sufficient sleep has on business environments and organizational success, and the hidden costs of sleep loss.Dr. Barnes presents compelling evidence on how businesses can use sleep as a strategic asset to cr...

    • 1 hr 23 min
    # 72 - Sleep & Cannabis

    # 72 - Sleep & Cannabis

    Matt introduces his series examining the complex relationship between sleep and cannabis, exploring both the historical context and contemporary scientific perspectives. The narrative begins with Dr. W.B. O'Shaughnessy's canine experiments in 1849, tracing the evolution to the foundational work on cannabis for sleep conducted by Drs. Clendinning and Bradbury. Despite anecdotal reports suggesting cannabis enhances sleep, the scenario is complicated by factors such as regulatory constraints, va...

    • 38 min
    #71 - Acting Out Dreams - REM disorder

    #71 - Acting Out Dreams - REM disorder

    This week, Matt dives deep into the complexities of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD), a condition where individuals physically act out their dreams due to the absence of normal muscle paralysis during REM sleep. He meticulously breaks down the mechanisms of normal REM sleep, where the brainstem induces muscle atonia to prevent dream enactment, contrasting it with the failure of this system in RBD cases. Further expanding on the topic, Matt explores the etiology, diagnosis, treatment opt...

    • 42 min
    Ask Me Anything Part 5

    Ask Me Anything Part 5

    Eti is back for another AMA episode with Matt to answer questions that have been submitted over the last little while. Today’s installment dives into a number of topics including the intricate relationship between sleep and pregnancy, exploring how sleep disturbances impact pregnant women and the postnatal period. Additionally, the hormone prolactin, essential for milk production, is highlighted for its sleep-promoting benefits during the postnatal phase, illustrating nature's intricate balan...

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

Agrajagdent ,

Interesting dynamic in AMA episodes

I really love this podcast, so I’m not downgrading the star rating. However, the recent ‘ask me anything’ episodes were problematic. There was a very knowledgeable guest Eti who was simply never allowed to speak. When she did, Matt Walker mansplained her several times. He kept saying how wonderful she was, but not allowing that to shine. It came across as patronising. I think he probably spoke 95% of the time, and she merely asked the questions like some kind of glorified personal assistant. Suggest that you listen back to this Matt, and think about how to improve it if you have a female guest again. (Or indeed, in your daily interactions with women.) When you’re on your own, the podcast is brilliant, and I have no suggestions at all, really enjoy it. 5 stars and thank you, you have changed my sleep massively for the better. Love the book as well.

Elle.T.G ,

Tired parent

I absolutely love this informative and digestible sleep podcast. The information is delivered in such a simple-to-understand way. I would adore a topic on optimising sleep as a parent of young children!!

Anita ♈️ ,

Great information broken down into bite size pieces

Love this podcast! Dr Matt Walker is a wealth of information. He presents each topic clearly and succinctly but always with warmth. As a chronic insomniac of many many years, I have learned so much that I can apply to my life. Highly recommended.

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