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...

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

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

  • Rae
    Dec 21, 2017
    The author maintains that our sleep loss epidemic is the greatest public health challenge we face and that our lack of sleep is a slow form of self-euthanasia. As a woman who loves a good night's sleep and has always been annoyed by society's negative attitude toward "too much" sleep, ...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    Feb 11, 2018
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] It took me so long to get to this book (which I also requested late, it didn?t help), and I?m wondering why! Although it *was* definitely scary, it was really interesting?and anyway, the ?scare? makes a lot of sense, so I...
  • 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...
  • Jenifer Jacobs
    Aug 01, 2017
    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is an excellent summary on (as the title clearly states) why we sleep. I don't know why I thought that what I learned in college (from my egregiously egotistic Slee...
  • 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...
  • Carrie Kellenberger
    Mar 28, 2018
    I've read a lot of books on sleep because I've suffered from insomnia for over 20 years. A quick scan through my non-fiction list will tell you that this is not a topic I take lightly, and neither does Mattew Walker. This is one of the best books I've read on sleep, and while I thin...
  • 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...
  • Brenda
    Feb 25, 2018
    Startling information about the all-too-real dangers of not getting the necessary amount of sleep night after night. Easy to follow and all the information backed by extensive trials and studies, this book is packed with scientific findings that will make anyone reading this to reevalu...
  • 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...
  • C.J. Shane
    Feb 24, 2018
    Without a doubt, this is one of the most important books I?ve read in years. I keep up with health-related news, but I had no idea how important adequate sleep is for maintaining health. I was genuinely shocked to discover just how bad (bad, bad, bad) it is for our health when we?r...
  • 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...
  • Ana
    Mar 26, 2018
    Want to know why consistently sleeping less than 8 hours per night puts you at high risk (I forget the figures right now, but very very high) of heart stroke, cancer, depression, obesity, anxiety? Want to know how sleeping less than 8 hours per night shortens your life by more than jus...
  • Rebecca Foster
    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 ...
  • Liina Bachmann
    Dec 04, 2017
    People who sleep too little (less than 8 hours a night more or less regularly) are stupid, can't remember stuff, have a weak immune system, die younger, are a burden to the health care system and a threat to other people. Sufficient sleep is the single most important thing you can do f...
  • Juliana
    Jan 11, 2018
    I thought this would help explain a few sleep problems I'm having, but it turns out I don't want to know. ...
  • Damien Evans
    Apr 14, 2018
    This was awesome. Explains why we really need to prioritise a full 8 hours of sleep a night to give ourselves the best chance of warding off disease and be at our best. Also goes into the benefits of the different phases of sleep. Loved it. ...
  • Prashanthini Mande
    Nov 12, 2017
    We all need 8 hours of sleep. Most of us know this fact but still sacrifice sleep because we do not know the extent of damage lack of sleep can do. Some of us think that they can fully function on 4-6 hours of sleep. A few of us may also think sleeping is for losers. We can sleep when ...
  • Ashley Lipps
    Feb 22, 2018
    I thought I was a believer in the importance of sleep. Holy moly, I had no idea. There?s a lot here, and the book is very readable. This will strengthen your resolve if you?re a sleep lover in a world of folks who see a lack of sleep as a badge of pride. And if you think you?ve h...
  • Lisa
    Jan 23, 2018
    You might not want to read this book...if you like your short sleep schedule. It's convincing, well-written, and a pleasure to read. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to optimize their physical, mental, or emotion health. ...
  • Brendan Nicholls
    Apr 17, 2018
    The book is a must read for everyone and will probably be in my top recommendations for 2018. Granted the final thoughts are a little misguided and not properly thought out, you might even assume someone else wrote the book and Walker wrote the last page. Sleep is just something that...
  • 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
    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 read...
  • 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...
  • Toni
    Jan 02, 2018
    I guess I'm not in the camp of seeing "groundbreaking" information in this book. Valuable information, definitely, but information it seems to me that I've read before. Yes, at least 30-40% (my guesstimate) of adults in industrialized countries do not get enough sleep, compared to othe...
  • Annelies
    Mar 06, 2018
    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC This is definitely an interesting book. It really made me consider my own sleeping habits and patterns. Some of the things Walker describes were very recognisable, like that change in your circadian rhythm in your teenage years where you have no probl...
  • ~☆~Autumn♥♥
    Apr 07, 2018
    Well, I finally finished it. At the start it was fantastic and I read so much of it really fast but then it reached a point where I felt like I was reading a book for a college psychology course and was going to be facing a final exam. There is too much information so its like a major ...
  • Lucy Banks
    Jan 27, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Detailed yet accessible exploration into all aspects of sleep. As a chronic insomniac, I knew I had to read this as soon as I spotted it on Netgalley. When sleep is elusive, it colours every aspect o...
  • Snorki
    Mar 29, 2018
    Astonishing and absorbing book about the science of sleep. New MRI techniques have in recent decades allowed us to study and understand the brain at a new level of detail, and this and other techniques have allowed us to learn more about the mystery of sleep. What is becoming increasin...