Smart People Podcast | 11 February 2020 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alexey Guzey about his demolition of Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep, which proselytised about the health risks of insufficient sleep. Fascinating both for the evaluation of the evidence on sleep, but also for Guzey’s research process and way of thinking.
The Science of Success | 4 January 2018 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthew Walker about the ideas in Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. Examines the findings from hundreds of studies across millions of people and pulls out the major findings about how vitally important sleep is, the global sleep loss epidemic, the stunning data about sleep and productivity, the simplest and most effective evidence-based strategies for getting better sleep.
I learned of this book from one of my wisest friends (Alan). I know it rocked his world. Now, more than a year later, Alexey Guzey has published what can only be described as a demolition of Walker’s work. It seems many of the assertions Walker makes are contrary to the weight of scientific evidence. I’d urge that you at least read Guzey’s piece before taking any of Walker’s thinking to heart. The More or Less episode Dozy Science summarises the controversy, speaking to both Walker and Guzey. See also the Smart People Podcast episode Alexey Guzey – Is Matthew Walker Lying to Us About Sleep?