‘Sleepless in America’ documentary to feature Berkeley research

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping, and yet it is only in the last decade or so that scientists have begun to really understand why. Among other things, UC Berkeley sleep researcher Matthew Walker has linked sleep deprivation to psychiatric disorders, obesity, risky behavior, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning and memory loss in old age.

UC Berkeley neuroscientist Matthew Walker is featured in "Sleepless in America," a documentary that airs this Sunday, Nov. 30 on the National Geographic Channel

UC Berkeley neuroscientist Matthew Walker is featured in “Sleepless in America,” a documentary that airs this Sunday, Nov. 30, on the National Geographic Channel (National Geographic photos)

This Sunday, Nov. 30,  Walker and other scientists will be featured in the captivating documentary Sleepless in America, on the National Geographic Channel.

A co-production of the Public Good Projects and the National Institutes of Health, the documentary lays out in sometimes gripping detail the perils of getting too little sleep. For more details about sleep research at UC Berkeley, click on the following links.

Babies need a lot of sleep, but as we grow older, we get less and less of it

Babies need a lot of sleep, but as we grow older, we get less and less of it.