Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep

By Matthew Walker

  • Release Date: 2017-09-28
  • Genre: Psychology
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'Astonishing ... an amazing book ... absolutely chocker full of things that we need to know' Chris Evans

'Matthew Walker is probably one of the most influential people on the planet' Evening Standard

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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.

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 into 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.

'Vital ... a life-raft' Guardian

'A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise' The Times

'It had a powerful effect on me' Observer

'I urge you all to read this book' Times Higher Education

Reviews

  • Such an insightful book

    5
    By Dafmeuk
    Since reading this, I have been on a personal mission to improve my sleep, and have been preaching to friends, family and colleagues about the benefits of good sleep. The information presented in this book is overwhelmingly persuasive and I’m sure any sensible person who reads and thinks about the content for themselves will definitely reassess their attitude to sleep for the better.
  • Why we sleep

    5
    By 2ghosts
    An extremely thorough and simplistic illuminating practical study of such a fundamental basic human function yet so simple to apply! John Coxon
  • This book is a wake up call for us all...

    5
    By Alcock65
    The biggest secrets are often hidden in plain view and we must thank the author for pointing out the amazing benefits of the gift of sleep. Its an easy to understand and highly factual work that will change the way you approach your life and even save it. After reading the book you will find it absurd that people, institutions, society in general and even medical professionals are missing such a fundamental and obvious point. Don’t be one of them!
  • A most excellent book- recommended to everyone

    5
    By BritishBeePower
    This is a fascinating, illuminating, funny and well written book. I would suggest everyone on the planet reads it. It isn’t just theoretical but very practical. It will change and prolong your life.

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