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 P. Walker
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
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Number of Pages:340 pages pages

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tala
    May 28, 2018
    Me, before reading this: I know sleep is important, but what could you possibly have to say that would fill almost 350 pages on sleep... Me, after reading this, now an intellectual: A really informative, science-backed and evidence-based read on hygienic sleep. This book dives deep ...
  • Tina
    Jun 16, 2018
    In a nutshell, sleep is even more important than water and food. It is our personal evolution. It is the most effective medicine. This book was magnificent. Life changing (my life before I read this book vs my life after I read this book). The last book that created a before/after ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Charlotte Nash
    May 28, 2018
    I found this book a revelation. It explains both why after two years' serious sleep deprivation, I couldn't function (and sadly why I'm never likely to recover from that) and why society mostly gives narey a feck about how sleep deprived anyone is. The combination of "I'm tough/serious...
  • 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...
  • Anton
    May 22, 2018
    Great and wonderfully insightful book. Everything you wanted to know about sleep, dreaming and why do we need to do it every night. This book will also make your skin crawl sometimes... being part and parcel of the modern sleep deprived culture it is plain scary what the price we ar...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Claire Fuller
    Jul 12, 2018
    Perhaps I would have enjoyed this more in print where I would have been able to flick forward to chapters that interested me more. I listened to about 4 hours, and it was just too dry to want to carry on. Sorry. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...