Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep

Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

eBook - 2017
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" Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book...Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you." —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this "stimulating and important book" ( Financial Times ) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. With two appearances on CBS This Morning and Fresh Air 's most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. 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 it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive. Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including 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 creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity. In this "compelling and utterly convincing" ( The Sunday Times ) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night's sleep every night. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is "recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense" ( The New York Times Book Review ).
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781501144332
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Loganlib_Brad Sep 06, 2020

Really enjoyed this, covers a lot of interesting ground. Definitely gets you to think more seriously about getting a good nights sleep, but also throws light on how little we value good sleep as a society.

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andreabilyeu
Aug 02, 2020

A friend highly recommended this book and, boy, was she spot on. This should be taught in school for sure. Part I This Thing Called Sleep was my favorite section. I found it very interesting and informative.

IndyPL_TimothyV Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Walker presents the results of research on sleep in a way that is both engaging and informative. The careful reader will emerge with a much more thorough awareness of how sleep impacts nearly every aspect of life.

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cjhf97
Mar 08, 2020

My go to for information

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orsino81
Mar 03, 2020

I haven't finished it yet, but so far it's an excellent read. It's such good writing for an academic piece - very clear and easily understood language for the layperson. And the insights into sleep are almost unbelievable. My friend has read this three times and taken its instruction about sleep to heart, and after a year says his life has vastly improved. I'm looking foward to finishing it!

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fldamato
Dec 27, 2019

Great I want to know

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sparklekeek
Dec 11, 2019

Bill Gates top 5 of 2019

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zabby21
Sep 24, 2019

This is an awesome book.

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Russ_A
Sep 15, 2019

This book can be summarized in three words: get enough sleep. Beyond that, there isn’t much in the book that will surprise you. The author does a thorough (too thorough, in my opinion) job of describing all the ways sleep helps your body and how many ways lack of sleep hurts you. It really comes down to the same thing: get enough sleep. That’s what your mother told you. He describes many experiments, some of them ingenious, sleep researchers have done to prove the benefits of sleep. Sleepy drivers are more likely to die in a car crash. Duh. And so on. The workmanlike prose is very readable and understandable to the lay reader. I doubt reading this will change anyone’s behavior, especially since those who believe they function well on four hours a night aren’t likely to read it and will scoff at it if they do.

STPL_Emily Sep 07, 2019

Matthew Walker believes that lack of sleep is one of the biggest health emergencies of our time, and after reading this book, I can't help but agree. If you or anyone in your life has trouble sleeping, this is required reading in my opinion. Walker does a fantastic job of taking his years of sleep related research and communicating the information clearly and engagingly.

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andreabilyeu
Aug 02, 2020

A balanced diet and exercise are of vital importance, yes. But we now see sleep as the preeminent force in this health trinity. The physical and mental impairments caused by one night of bad sleep dwarf those caused by an equivalent absence of food or exercise.

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jamesian
Dec 20, 2017

Neuroscientist Matthew Walker, PhD, expands our knowledge and emotional connection to the sleep that occupies so much of our lives. He draws amazing pictures of the work our brain completes during different cycles of sleep, and as a passionate advocate of health, he makes recommendations about public policies that could protect us.

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