Why We Sleep

Matt Walker speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here Festival (14:04)

Matt Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and clinical populations. Walker is the recipient of numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. To date, he has published over eighty research studies describing the critical importance of sleep for learning, memory, creativity, emotional regulation and cardiovascular health.