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
I heard Walker on NPR and was promptly brought to hysterics over the danger of sleeping too little. I had a techy friend block the wifi on my home router from 8pm until morning, then I bought a data disabling add-on from my phone carrier for my cell phone to lock that too, and I began to measure my smartwatch sleep metrics like workout results; look at me, nine hours! I also procured the book and fell asleep to it quite a few times, which might be a twisted compliment to the author. The other da ...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
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
This is going to sound naive but it still surprises me that so many scientists can be so vain. I like to imagine them outside and above such concerns but of course they arent: theyre as human as the rest of us. They want to win prizes, "go down in history", have students applaud them in lectures and be popular.
Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and tours, lectures and writes on sleep and sleep science. This book - which can be read in or ...more
This book is genuinely terrifying. The author, a sleep scientist, lists the devastating consequences of getting less than 7-9 hours regularly and it is so much worse than you might have thought. SO much worse. We're basically all going to die.
I'm not even kidding--being just an hour short on sleep a day will do serious damage to your immune system almost immediately, and the Western world is in the grip of a massive sleep deprivation epidemic. Lack of sleep is a carcinogen, literally. It also d ...more
Well, I finally finished it. At the start it was fantastic and I read so much of it really fast but then it reached a point where I felt like I was reading a book for a college psychology course and was going to be facing a final exam. There is too much information so its like a major overload. (my poor brain)
I do think everyone should read this book. In some cases it might be life saving to read it. Make sure you get enough sleep as you shorten your life if you do not.
I thought I was a believer in the importance of sleep. Holy moly, I had no idea. There’s a lot here, and the book is very readable. This will strengthen your resolve if you’re a sleep lover in a world of folks who see a lack of sleep as a badge of pride. And if you think you’ve heard all of the hallow advice about how and why to get enough sleep, the research and advice in this book actually feels fledged out and meaningful.
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