A New York Times bestsellerThe first sleep book by a leading scientific expertProfessor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeleys Sleep and Neuroimaging Labreveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in lifeeating, drinking, and reproducingthe purpose of sleep remained elusive. An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimers, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book....
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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Reviews
For once, I actually mean five stars in the sense of "everybody should read this book." This book is highly readable but contains stunning information I'd never seen anywhere else (and includes numerous references to serious primary literature).
I was reminded (stay with me here) of ancient Egyptian funerary practices. After carefully embalming organs like the heart and liver, and placing them in canopic jars, the Egyptians pulled the brain out with a hook and threw it away, because they didn't r ...more
Great and wonderfully insightful book. Everything you wanted to know about sleep, dreaming and why do we need to do it every night.
This book will also make your skin crawl sometimes... being part and parcel of the modern sleep deprived culture it is plain scary what the price we are paying for an early morning in the office, or worse an all-nighter power-through.
This is a great nonfiction and i wish more people will discover this read. 5 ⭐ fair and square ...more
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is an excellent summary on (as the title clearly states) why we sleep. I don't know why I thought that what I learned in college (from my egregiously egotistic Sleep and Dreaming professor) would still be accurate and relevant but somehow I did. This book set me straight! The author presents the latest research in a readable and entertaining manner. He highlights the benefits of ...more
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Detailed yet accessible exploration into all aspects of sleep.
As a chronic insomniac, I knew I had to read this as soon as I spotted it on Netgalley. When sleep is elusive, it colours every aspect of your life - from functioning at work to appetite, so I was keen to learn more about it from an expert, and hopefully pick up some tips on how to cut out the dreaded sleeping pills from my life!
What was immediately appare ...more
We all need 8 hours of sleep. Most of us know this fact but still sacrifice sleep because we do not know the extent of damage lack of sleep can do. Some of us think that they can fully function on 4-6 hours of sleep. A few of us may also think sleeping is for losers. We can sleep when we die. To all of us, I would say, please read this book.
The sheer number of problems we face because of lack of sleep is scary. Sleep affects everything - our mental ability, interpersonal relationships, physical ...more
Want to know why consistently sleeping less than 8 hours per night puts you at high risk (I forget the figures right now, but very very high) of heart stroke, cancer, depression, obesity, anxiety? Want to know how sleeping less than 8 hours per night shortens your life by more than just a few years? Want to get super angry and realize that the entire Western, industrialized world is pushing for ways of life that overlook the need for sleep? Reading this book, I understood how I never got any pro ...more
Startling information about the all-too-real dangers of not getting the necessary amount of sleep night after night. Easy to follow and all the information backed by extensive trials and studies, this book is packed with scientific findings that will make anyone reading this to reevaluate their views on the importance of 7 or more hours of sleep.
He goes into details regarding NREM sleep and REM sleep and the health benefits and effects of both on your body and mind.
Lasting ill-effects on your he ...more
I guess I'm not in the camp of seeing "groundbreaking" information in this book. Valuable information, definitely, but information it seems to me that I've read before. Yes, at least 30-40% (my guesstimate) of adults in industrialized countries do not get enough sleep, compared to other countries, etc. Our 24/7 media bursts available on a multitude of devices has exasperated this problem. Yes. Corporate culture rewards the individual who works late, arrives early syndrome; unless you work for Go ...more