DiscoverThe Matt Walker Podcast#73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes
#73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes

#73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes

Update: 2024-05-061


Dr. Chris Barnes from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business joins Matt to discuss the often overlooked importance of sleep in boosting workplace productivity and ethical decision-making. Together, they delve into how sleep deprivation affects job performance, the impact sufficient sleep has on business environments and organizational success, and the hidden costs of sleep loss.

Dr. Barnes presents compelling evidence on how businesses can use sleep as a strategic asset to create a healthier, more productive work culture. He and Matt address challenges that disrupt sleep patterns and the strategies companies can implement to counter these issues. Emphasizing the significant benefits of prioritizing sleep, their discussion challenges the notion that less sleep means more productivity, offering practical steps for enhancing employee well-being and performance. 

Please note that Matt is not a medical doctor, and none of the content in this podcast should be considered medical advice in any way, shape, or form, nor prescriptive in any way.

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#73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes

#73 - Sleep & Work with Dr. Chris Barnes

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