Matthew Walker Teaches the Science of Better Sleep

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Science of Better Sleep

Matthew Walker Teaches the Science of Better Sleep

As a professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science, Matthew Walker is an expert on sleep. In this class, he will illuminate the science behind sleep and teach you how to increase the quality and quantity of your sleep. Learn how to prevent sleep debt, navigate the effects of alcohol and caffeine, and improve your health. Your best sleep starts tonight.

In his MasterClass, Walker will dive into the science of sleep, providing tools and insightful tips to help members fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. He’ll break down the scientific explanations behind the stages of sleep and how different parts of the brain are hard at work during sleep. He’ll also explain how sleep plays a vital role in sparking our memory, creativity and ability to learn, as well as the impact of alcohol and caffeine on sleep, how to prevent sleep debt and how quality sleep can help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Members will leave this class motivated to optimize their sleep using the knowledge and tips they’ve learned.

Lesson plan (15 video lessons)

1. Meet Your Instructor

Neuroscientist and sleep researcher Matthew Walker takes you through the history of sleep and what he’ll be teaching in his class.

2. What Is Sleep?

Learn the basics of sleep, including what REM and NREM are, and what your brain is doing during these sleep periods.

3. How Sleep Works

Matthew helps you identify your 24-hour “master clock” and how to understand it.

4. Night Owl or Morning Lark?

Do you love the mornings or thrive at night? Matthew breaks down how this natural rhythm is determined and interpreted.

5. The Buzz on Alcohol and Caffeine

Matthew explains how these two substances affect your sleep and offers tips on how to manage your sleep if you choose to imbibe.

6. Prevent Sleep Debt

Learn what sleep debt is, how it occurs, and how best to combat it.

7. Fire Up the Brain

Learn how a good night’s sleep affects your ability to learn, solve problems, and harness creativity—and how those skills are affected when you don’t get sufficient sleep.

8. Sleep Across Our Life Span

Sleep evolves as we age. Explore how sleep is affected by the changes we experience and how better sleep can help prevent disease.

9. Overnight Therapy

Sleep has a profound effect on our mental and emotional health. Matthew explains why.

10. The Absurd Act of Dreaming

Ever wonder what your brain is doing when you’re dreaming? Matthew explains why dreams can benefit our waking selves.

11. Sleep and the Human Body

Matthew explains how we can learn to boost our immunity and reduce health risks by sleeping better.

12. Diet and Sleep

What you eat affects how well you sleep and vice versa. Learn how sleep influences your eating habits.

13. Sleep to Thrive

Matthew talks about the importance of sleep for optimal physical and mental performance.

14. How to Sleep Better

Matthew compiles a list of essential tips on how to set yourself up for sleep success

15. Reclaim Your Sleep

Learn why we as a society should embrace the importance of sleep.

  • 1. Meet Your Instructor
  • 2. What Is Sleep?
  • 3. How Sleep Works
  • 4. Night Owl or Morning Lark?
  • 5. The Buzz on Alcohol and Caffeine
  • 6. Prevent Sleep Debt
  • 7. Fire Up the Brain
  • 8. Sleep Across Our Life Span
  • 9. Overnight Therapy
  • 10. The Absurd Act of Dreaming
  • 11. Sleep and the Human Body
  • 12. Diet and Sleep
  • 13. Sleep to Thrive
  • 14. How to Sleep Better
  • 15. Reclaim Your Sleep


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