ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The Science of Sleep (and the Art of Productivity) | Dr. Matthew Carter | TEDxNorthAdams

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The Science of Sleep (and the Art of Productivity) | Dr. Matthew Carter | TEDxNorthAdams

Here’s Great Tip: The Science of Sleep (and the Art of Productivity) | Dr. Matthew Carter | TEDxNorthAdams


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We know we NEED sleep, but do we fully understand how sleep can make or break our lives? Matt Carter reveals the truth behind how our horrible sleep habits may be keeping us from reaching full potential. Matt Carter is a professor in the Biology Department at Williams College where he teaches courses in Neuroscience and Physiology. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Whitman College and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University. At Williams, Dr. Carter’s lab studies how the brain regulates sleep and food intake, and his research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Carter has published findings in top scientific journals including Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and The Journal of Neuroscience, and he is also the author of two scientific textbooks. He has received numerous scientific awards including the Young Investigator Award from the Sleep Research Society and the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. He has also received numerous awards for his teaching including the Walter Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching from Stanford University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

26 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The Science of Sleep (and the Art of Productivity) | Dr. Matthew Carter | TEDxNorthAdams”

  1. I was getting 8 hours of sleep and would end up falling asleep during the afternoon. Now I sleep 4 hours a night and take two scheduled naps a day, I have so much more energy then before.

  2. Excellent. Thanks very much. What’s interesting for me is that my wakefulness approximately between 2- 5am I’m highly creative and energetic. I may write stories, poems, draw, plan etc I struggle to get back to sleep but if I do it is only about 2hrs and I’m awake again, feeling pretty good until afternoon crash.

  3. If they're are so many sleep deprived subjects, why are you still torturing animals? Depriving them of sleep, food, inducing stress and then dissecting their brains. If we want to know the effects on humans, skip the animals and give us the results Faster!

  4. You need to be tired to rest and sleep well. A construction worker or someone who has done lots of physical activity thru the day will invariably have a great sleep because their body needs rest and sleep is a great way to feel rested.

    As for other guys not sleeping 6-8hrs a day, I don't see a problem. Why should a well rested individual want 6-8hrs sleep if she gets up automatically in about 3-4hrs some days…this 6-8hrs number doesn't seem to make sense.

  5. great speech, love it – when people look back they might not think about their nights of sleep, but they will remember if they felt miserable because they were sleep deprived.

  6. Gracias fue una gran charla. No es muy diferente en latino america, hay un lugar llamado La Chorrera, en Panamá. Allí hay serios problemas de transporte y las personas se ven obligadas a despertarse incluso a diario a las 3am…para viajar a la ciudad de Panamá a trabajar. Luego de la jornada de 8-10 horas viajan nuevamente de regreso llegan de noche a casa para hacer actividades propias del hogar y duermen muy poco a diario, por tiempo indefinido (años, decadas…etc) La gran mayoria se transporta en autobus y duermen en ellos, los que tienen auto muchas veces se transportan muy temprano y llegan a un estacionamiento en la ciudad (Panamá) a dormir hasta la hora de entrada al trabajo. Toda una sociedad con años del mismo problema, fatigados, casi ninguno con la alternativa de poder solucionar de alguna forma el mismo. Saludos

  7. Great job! Great ted talk
    Our english teacher recommended this to us…
    In our English book there is a chapter called healthy lifestyle and it does talk a lot about sleep as a part of it

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