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Sleep — Benefits of Good Sleep and Conquering Sleep Disruption

Host: Dr. Raphael Pelayo, Stanford University

Expert Contributors: Dr. Luis de Lecea and Dr. Philippe Mourrain, Stanford University and Dr. Matthew Walker, UC Berkeley


The average human will spend 230,000 hours, or one-third, of their life sleeping. Anecdotally, we all know how important sleep is. Without it, our mental acuity, physical energy, emotion, learning, and almost every other aspect of our brains and bodies are subpar. However, science has yet to fully understand its purpose. Evolutionarily, it is mysterious why a state of apparent vulnerability and unconsciousness would develop in so much of the animal kingdom. Biologically, it is not fully understood how sleep affects other biological processes and what makes sleep vital to so many biological systems and functions. For such an intrinsic, familiar, and desirable phenomenon, there remain huge gaps in our understanding of sleep. Join us in exploring what we know, and what we need to know, in order to maximize healthful sleep patterns for all.

Areas of Impact

●      Brain health

●      Learning and memory

●      Work productivity, attention and concentration

●      Public health issues with sleep deprivation, sleep schedules, sleep and work schedules

●      Sleep-related disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep apnea

●      Accident prevention