Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

A New York Times bestseller 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, w A New York Times bestseller The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert?Professor Matthew Walk...

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Title:Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Author:Matthew Walker
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Reviews

  • Warwick
    Apr 06, 2019
    Matthew Walker really, really thinks we all need some serious shut-eye, and he's not messing around when it comes to getting you on board ? he hits you with both barrels on page one, and never lets up: Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune ...
  • David
    Oct 08, 2018
    This is such an excellent book, mainly because I had never thought very much about the need for a good night's rest. The first part of this book does not really address "why we sleep". Instead, the book describes "what happens if we do not get enough sleep." Not until about halfway thr...
  • Trevor
    Aug 15, 2018
    So, this book is both a must read and deeply, deeply disturbing. I?ve been having trouble sleeping for the last few years and now I?m going to have to do something about it, simple as that, because the consequences of not sleeping properly are appalling. For instance, it provid...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Jan 10, 2018
    The less you sleep the shorter your life span will be. Do I have your attention yet? If so read this excerpt from the beginning of this book (p3-5), and you will understand why this book caught my attention. This book is divided into four parts. Part 1 defines the nature and type...
  • P-eggy
    Jun 30, 2019
    Something to ponder; every living thing on earth is subject to the circadian (24 hour) rhythm. It is understandable why animals and plants need to be awake in daylight hours. Less so for fish that for thousands of generations have lived in underground rivers and have over the millenia ...
  • Emily
    Sep 27, 2017
    For once, I actually mean five stars in the sense of "everybody should read this book." This book is highly readable but contains stunning information I'd never seen anywhere else (and includes numerous references to serious primary literature). I was reminded (stay with me here) of...
  • Laurie Anderson
    Aug 01, 2019
    Everyone should read this book. ...
  • Tamahome
    Oct 24, 2017
    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 heal...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Dec 05, 2017
    Hands down, one of the best books I read this year (more like ever, to be honest). So, a miracle drug has been discovered. A revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It pr...
  • Bradley
    Mar 13, 2019
    You know, I'm not usually one to tout NY Times bestsellers, but in this particular case, I want to mention that... This kinda should be required reading for everyone. Why? Because despite the rather innocuous title and no-nonsense factual information being presented, with no les...
  • Viv JM
    Jan 25, 2018
    Squeezed by the vise grips of an electrified night and early-morning start times, bereft of twenty-four-hour thermal cycles, and with caffeine and alcohol surging through us in various quantities, many of us feel rightly exhausted and crave that which seems always elusive: a full, rest...
  • Vanessa
    Aug 11, 2018
    I am obsessed with learning about sleep, and sleep hygiene. I will read article after article on the topic, even if it's just regurgitating the same old stuff. It just feels calming to me. Despite that though, I'm quite bad at practicing what I preach (to my husband and anyone else who...
  • Stephen
    Feb 26, 2018
    My favourite book of 2018 so far and one of my all time non-fiction favourites. So much in there that just makes sense and explains a lot - wish that I had read this 30 years ago when I started my working life but without giving too much away I shall be making sure that I get my 7 t...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 22, 2018
    We often hear that sleep, diet and exercise are the three pillars of health, but Walker, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, goes further: he believes sleep is the platform on which diet and exercise rest. Getting 7?9 hours of sleep a night is not s...
  • Frieda Vizel
    Nov 13, 2017
    I heard Walker on NPR and was promptly brought to hysterics over the danger of sleeping too little. I had a techy friend block the wifi on my home router from 8pm until morning, then I bought a data disabling add-on from my phone carrier for my cell phone to lock that too, and I began ...
  • Faye*
    Jan 06, 2019
    This was so much better than I expected! This is one of those books you just want to buy 20 of to gift to your family and friends. I seriously recommend you read this, especially all of you bookworms who read deep into the night sacrificing your sleep on a regular basis. ? ...
  • Paul
    May 05, 2018
    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 midni...
  • Bharath
    Sep 09, 2018
    Sleep has been a big mystery for long, as it has been unclear what purpose it serves, and why natural selection did not weed it out. After all, in earlier times, the period of sleep must have been one of considerable danger for humans (and even now for many animals and birds). And yet,...
  • Darian Onaciu
    Jul 02, 2018
    If you've ever slept you should read this book. I always thought that sleep was a waste of time which drains away about a third of our life. So why bother with it? Why would I not sleep as little as possible and spend my waking time doing things I like? Well, it seems that there ...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Feb 07, 2019
    Check out my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/vKPh0TE1an8 ...
  • JV (semi-hiatus)
    Feb 26, 2019
    Have you ever felt knackered that you needed to catch some z's hopefully to sleep back what you've previously lost? Have you not slept a wink even if you hit the hay awhile ago and just decided to take some sleeping and other sedating drugs just to make you sleep like a log, but then y...
  • K.J. Charles
    Oct 06, 2017
    This book is genuinely terrifying. The author, a sleep scientist, lists the devastating consequences of getting less than 7-9 hours regularly and it is so much worse than you might have thought. SO much worse. We're basically all going to die. I'm not even kidding--being just an ho...
  • Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
    Feb 17, 2018
    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 rea...
  • Kamil
    May 26, 2018
    There's an overwhelmingly positive experience I had with this book. For most of it, Walker talks about his research (and his colleagues) surrounding the sleep and those arguments are fascinating and convincing. However, there are moments, mostly closer to the end of it, when you feel...
  • James Hartley
    Apr 05, 2018
    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 i...
  • India Clamp
    Nov 10, 2018
    Who knew that sleep is the ?fountain of youth? yet is one of the most neglected remedies serving to safeguard us from cancer and protecting us from getting in a car crash. Matthew Walker runs a sleep lab at Berkeley and for the last 20 years has studied the "pouvoir réparateur" sl...
  • André Oliveira
    Jan 19, 2019
    This was good! It contains a lot of scientific information about sleep and dreams. It was interesting and sometimes boring, but you know what, as the author says at the beginning of the book: Should you feel drowsy and fall asleep while reading the book, unlike most authors, I wi...
  • Eli
    Jan 23, 2019
    There was nothing really new here but I really liked how the author showed the importance of sleep! I also read this in a really stressful time in my life and I'm now really convinced that sleep is the best thing everrrrrrr so yay to taking naps without feeling guilty! ...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    Jan 28, 2019
    ?Sleep is nonnegotiable.? I love sleep, and I constantly find myself drawn to books on the topic. Not only was Why We Sleep was a thorough exploration of sleep and its many aspects, full of scientific fact, theory, and study, but it was also highly engaging. The audiobook narrat...
  • Hamad
    Dec 05, 2018
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night?s sleep.? ? I am still on a quest to discover more non-fiction books, that started last year and I am willing to continue this year. ...