Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory

46:40 minutes

We spend a lot of time sleeping (roughly one-third of our lives, according to the National Institutes of Health). But how much downtime do our brains really need? Experts discuss the links between sleep, memory, and cognition, and why our sleep patterns change as we age.

Segment Guests

Robert Stickgold

Robert Stickgold is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ken Paller

Ken Paller is a brain, behavior, and cognition professor at Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.

Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker is a neuroscience and psychology professor and director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

David Dinges

David Dinges is director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry and chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Michael Silber

Michael Silber is past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; neurology professor; and co-director of The Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Meet the Producer

About Denise Chow

Denise Chow is a sci-tech editor at Live Science and a former associate producer for Science Friday.