Hard work and sweet slumber
Cultural discussion programme. Hard Work and Sweet Slumber: Francine Stock discusses work and sleep with Matthew Walker, Sasha Handley, Matthew Taylor and Susan Foister.
Francine Stock talks to the sleep scientist Matthew Walker whose latest book is a clarion call to get more sleep, as the latest research confirms that sleeping less than six or seven hours has a devastating impact on physical and mental health.
Armed with proof that shift work is detrimental for workers, political strategist and chief executive of the RSA Matthew Taylor considers what responsibility companies have to their staff in making sure they get enough sleep and whether since industrialisation modern working practices militate against this.
Concerns about lack of sleep and remedies for improving it are nothing new: the historian Sasha Handley looks back to early modern sleep patterns and advice, and wonders why so many of our forebears slept in two distinct phases with an hour in the early hours set aside for sex, housework or reading.
The latest exhibition at the National Gallery, Reflections, co-curated by Susan Foister, shows how the medieval painter van Eyck had a huge influence on the Pre-Raphaelite painters, whose work stood in opposition to creeping industrialisation and harked back to a by-gone era of knights and sweet slumber.
Producer: Hannah Sander.
Matthew Walker is a renowned sleep scientist. Originally from Liverpool, his fascination with sleep has taken him from Nottingham University to Harvard and on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. Why We Sleep is his first book
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams is published by Penguin
She is co-curator, with Alison Smith, of Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites, an exhibition at the National Gallery organised in collaboration with Tate Britain. The exhibition runs from 2 October 2017 to 2 April 2018.
In October 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Review of Modern Employment established by Prime Minister Theresa May. The “Taylor Review” report Good Work was published in July 2017.
|Interviewed Guest||Matthew Walker|
|Interviewed Guest||Sasha Handley|
|Interviewed Guest||Matthew Taylor|
|Interviewed Guest||Susan Foister|