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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

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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ISBN : 9781501144318
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 340 pages
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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Reviews

  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

    It took me so long to get to this book (which I also requested late, it didn’t help), and I’m wondering why! Although it *was* definitely scary, it was really interesting—and anyway, the ‘scare’ makes a lot of sense, so I wouldn’t be inclined as to consider it ‘alarmist stuff I can probably safely ignore because all these doctors and scientists write alarming stuff anyway’. I’ve had trouble to sleep for decades—while not a full night own, I’m cl
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  • Ana

    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

  • Paul

    Some are getting too much, most aren't getting enough. No, I don't mean that; what I am talking about is sleep. There are people out there who seem to be able to exist on almost no sleep, people who are in the office at stupid o'clock in the morning and who are still up way after midnight. While scientists knew that we needed food and water and could explain why, no one could adequately explain why we slept, what purpose it served.

    It is only recently though that scientists have been able to und
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  • Tamahome

    Wordy but good content. I'm making sleep a bigger priority.

    p. 164:

    I was once fond of saying , “ Sleep is the third pillar of good health , alongside diet and exercise . ” I have changed my tune . Sleep is more than a pillar ; it is the foundation on which the other two health bastions sit . Take away the bedrock of sleep , or weaken it just a little , and careful eating or physical exercise become less than effective , as we shall see .

    sleep tips from his Fresh Air (10/16/2017) podcast appearanc
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  • James Hartley

    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
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  • Sad Sunday

    Finally, the book whose author actually said that he will be happy if a reader fell asleep while reading it. Great book!



    I have to admit, I skipped a few chapters due to my incompetence in sleep science. But I am still rating it 5* stars since it was a great and interesting read. In my opinion M.P.Walker said everything about sleep that could be said.

    The thing I liked the most was the style - it had a flowing continuity that was easy to understand for an average reader (I like stuff called popul
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  • Claire Fuller

    Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more in print where I would have been able to flick forward to chapters that interested me more. I listened to about 4 hours, and it was just too dry to want to carry on. Sorry.

  • Jenifer Jacobs

    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
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