Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams (Paperback)Matthew Walker (author)
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Sleep scientist Matthew Walker is on a mission, both to eliminate our blasé attitudes to sleep and to open up our minds to its mystery. In a very real sense, the wake-up call we actually need.
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January 2018
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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
'Passionate, urgent, convincing ... it had a powerful effect on me.' - Rachel Cooke, The Observer
'A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise.' - The Times
'I urge you all to read this book.' - Times Higher Education
'Most of us have no idea what we do with a third of our lives. In this lucid and engaging book, Matt Walker explains the new science that is rapidly solving this age-old mystery. Why We Sleep is a canny pleasure that will have you turning pages well past your bedtime.' - Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
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Very unformative and readable book. Scary about the consequences that sleep of insufficient quality and/or quantity can have, many of which were news to me.
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Very readable book explaining the reasons why we find it hard to sleep and why we need to.
Completely superb. Life changing. Read it.
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