Matthew Walker – a neuroscientist and director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab – offers a readable if sometimes scary survey of modern sleep research. Sleep facilitates memory, creativity, problem solving and the acquisition of motor skills. It recharges the immune system, modulates blood sugar, clears coronary arteries and wards off disease. Most adults in the industrialized world fall short of the recommended amount of sleep. Modern life – and its lights, air travel, caffeine, alcohol and expanding workday – adversely affects sleep. The results include impaired memory, decreased productivity and drowsy drivers. getAbstract recommends Walker’s important overview to nearly everyone, especially managers who subscribe to the you-snooze-you-lose work ethic.
About the Author
Matthew Walker, PhD, is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab. A psychology professor at Harvard, he has published more than 100 scientific studies.