Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory
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.
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 is a brain, behavior, and cognition professor at Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois.
Matthew Walker is a neuroscience and psychology professor and director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.
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 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.