Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep

Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

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"Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity ... An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now ... neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501144318
Branch Call Number: 612.821 WALK
Characteristics: viii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 18, 2018

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

Aug 18, 2018

This book emphatically makes the points that (1) getting enough sleep is absolutely essential to our physical and mental health and the quality of our life, and (2) most people in today’s world are not getting enough sleep.

How much is enough? Ideally, we should be getting at least 7.5-8 hours of sleep every single night. Even one night of poor sleep has negative impacts on our health. And “making up sleep” is a myth. We can not “make up” the loss from even one night of sleep.

What is the first step to making sure we get enough sleep? Spend at least 8-9 hours in bed every night. If we lie down in bed for only 6-7 hours, we can not possibly get enough sleep to be healthy. (You don’t have to sleep later; you can go to bed earlier. Will you really miss anything important?)

The section called “Why Should You Sleep” opens with the following:


“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?”

If this were an ad for a drug, everyone would want it and Big Pharma would make a fortune. But it is not a drug. It is sleep; it is free and available to everyone. It is truly miraculous, and yet most of us do not take advantage of getting enough sleep. We are just not taking sleep seriously enough.

Question for us all: What are you doing with that extra time awake that is more important/beneficial than getting enough sleep? Whatever you are doing, it is not a good trade-off.

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!

Jun 26, 2018

I highly recommend this book! One of my favorite reads of the year. I've recommended this book to several of my friends. I'm so impressed I may have to buy a copy to add to my own personal library so I can refer to again and again. A one-time read will not be enough!
I love the way the author doesn't dilute the complexity of the science relating to anatomy and physiology of the brain --and the way sleep impacts. But, he uses ample analogy and examples to make a difficult subject easy enough for the general audience to understand.
After reading this, you will never feel guilty about going to bed on time --or even sleeping in or taking a nap if your body asks for it. But, oh, if it weren't often easier said than done!
In summary: Wow! Read it. And sleep on it. You'll be glad you did!!

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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Dec 20, 2017

Neuroscientist Matthew Walker, PhD, expands our knowledge and emotional connection to the sleep that occupies so much of our lives. He draws amazing pictures of the work our brain completes during different cycles of sleep, and as a passionate advocate of health, he makes recommendations about public policies that could protect us.


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