Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep

Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Book - 2017
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"The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert--Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab--reveals 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 life--eating, drinking, and reproducing--the 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, Alzheimer's, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501144318
Branch Call Number: 612.821 W1532w 2017
Characteristics: 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 18, 2018

A must read for your health and the health of you kids.

Jul 03, 2018

A plethora of information about sleep and its impact on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. A must read for all!

Apr 26, 2018

If you're waiting for the book, look up his talks on YouTube.
It's amazing how much gets done to our bodies (in the way of repairs) when we're sleeping and the lack of good sleep may be responsible for a lot of what ails us in modern society.
Really important stuff.

Apr 25, 2018

Just finished reading this book. Loved how witty the author was and also all of the scientifically supported information presented in an easy to read fashion! Well worth the read highly recommend it.

Apr 03, 2018

Brilliant book, obviously because I requested it. Check it out.

Dec 29, 2017

Very informative book on benefits of sleep and what detracts us from it.


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