- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (4 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141983760
- ISBN-13: 978-0141983769
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 418 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams Paperback – 4 Jan 2018
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A neuroscientist shows how a good night's shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier and ward off cancer . . . it's probably a little too soon to tell you that it saved my life, but it's been an eye-opener (Mark O'Connell Guardian)
Passionate, urgent . . . it had a powerful effect on me (Rachel Cooke Observer)
Compelling and utterly convincing . . . you'll never think of your bedtime in the same way again (James McConnachie The Sunday Times)
A stimulating and important book . . . richly packed with science(Clive Cookson Financial Times)
Uplifting . . . Walker is in love with sleep and wants us to fall in love with sleep, too (David Kamp The New York Times)
Matthew Walker is probably one of the most influential people on the planet (Katie Law Evening Standard)
Astonishing ... an amazing book ... absolutely chocker full of things that we need to know (Chris Evans)
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Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep.
Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
Now, in this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.
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The international bestseller by neuroscientist, Matthew Walker
- An afternoon nap increases the brain's learning capacity by 15-20%
- Sleep improves your memory, halting forgetting by 30-50%, relative to staying awake
- Not getting enough sleep increases sweet and salty cravings by 30-40%
- Sleep offers a three-fold bost in creativity and problem solving
- A good night's sleep improves time to physical exhaustion when exercising by 10-30%
Why We Sleep
The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
More than exercise, diet and wealth, science has shown that sleep is the most important factor to our physical and mental wellbeing.
In the first book of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge sleep science. From what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change as we grow older, Why We Sleep is the wake-up call we need: transforming our appreciation of the vital role of sleep in all aspects of our lives.
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First addressing the process of sleep, why the different phases of sleep are necessary to health, and how modern life and technology disrupt healthy and natural sleep patterns, Walker sets a persuasive context for the problems caused by lack of sleep, from "drowsy driving" (responsible for more avoidable deaths than alcohol and drugs combined) to medical errors by sleep-deprived doctors, from depleting personal happiness to severely hampering the immune system.
At my age, the particularly powerful wake-up call (ho ho) for me is the much greater chance of premature death, even in your sixties.
We're reading this book for the BBC Radio Gloucestershire Book Club in June, and I'm glad this will help give his findings more of an audience. It's already an international bestseller, but I wonder how many people have truly changed their sleeping habits long term as a result? I hope I can find the resolve to change mine before it's too late, and I will be pressing this book on everyone I know with evangelical zeal. Part of me is also gratified to find scientific confirmation of old wives' tales and instincts about sleep: "an hour before midnight is worth two after", "Sleep is nature's healer", "Got to get my beauty sleep", etc. These and many more are all unassailable according to Walker. if we put old wives in charge of the world, it would be a much healthier, happier and peaceful place.
Well there could be a much simpler explanation. You could be sleep deprived. Lots of people are and many don't even know.
This book explains why we sleep, the positive effects of sleeping in your mind, body and health and the negative effects that not sleeping enough has on them.
I really enjoyed this book. I am sleeping more now and I definitely feel a lot better, more clear minded and energetic. I can now clearly understand the effect a few nights in a row of not sleeping enough have on me... and I can detect it and easily fix it by just going to bed earlier! Life changing.
Matthew Walker's writing style is engaging, as are his Youtube videos, and you will learn important information that could, literally, prevent your life from being prematurely curtailed!
The author is a neurologist and talks about how the brain works when we are sleeping.
How sleep helps the learning process, memory, etc.
There is a science behind sleep, that few people know about. I wish I had read this book when I was in university.
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