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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams | Matthew P Walker
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, 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.
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julesG
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#TodayILearned that sleep is a necessity and not an option. That I should strive for at least 6 hours of sleep every night and that a nap in the afternoon might prolong my life (and help me stay healthy physically and mentally).

Thanks @Oryx for recommending this book to me.

#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

TheDaysGoBy Sounds like my kind of book! I‘ve always been interested in sleep/dreams 1mo
Oryx So glad you liked it and found it useful! Really makes me try to make sure I get to bed on time! 1mo
julesG @Oryx I'm much more aware of how important sleep actually is now that I've read this book. I feel sorry for all the adolescents having to go against their circadian rhythm, risking disorders and/or disease. Actually, I want to give this book to anyone I know, but especially to people working in education. Alongside the following book 1mo
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Lucy_Anywhere @julesG as a high school teacher I 100% agree! 1mo
Oryx @julesG yeah I found that really interesting. And that just pushing classes back by an hour or two can really help students. I remember taking hours to get to sleep as a teenager. 1mo
julesG @Lucy_Anywhere @Oryx School starts at 8am here in Germany. It's terrible and every attempt at moving it to 9am is being smashed. 1mo
Lucy_Anywhere 7:50am start here - such an early start. I notice a hugr difference in the kids between morning and afternoon lessons 1mo
julesG @Lucy_Anywhere Well, to be precise, 7.50 for my son, 8.00 for my daughter. Not to mention that my son has a 25-35min commute, whereas my daughter can make it to school in 3min on her scooter. 1mo
jb72 Well if napping can prolong life, I should live to be 200. 😴 Seriously though I just said this on another post that sometimes I think school starts too soon. There was a school in Tampa on double sessions and the first session started at 6 am. I‘ll have to check out this book for sure. 1mo
julesG @jb72 When I went to school, on rare occasions, we had something called 0th period. It started at 7.10am. Add commuting using public transport... Terrible. And I am sure the education boards are aware of the problem by now, but tradition/culture prevents them from making any changes. 1mo
jb72 @julesG It‘s a shame they don‘t look at books like this. I remember hating getting up as a teen for school. No kid should be getting out of bed for school when it‘s cold and dark. I did just put the book on hold (6 month wait). 1mo
julesG @jb72 The book, Why We Sleep, argues that biphasal sleep patterns are best. That's 6-8 hours at night and about an hour in the afternoon. Modernity has changed these sleep patters. An example, Greece no longer has the siesta closing hours in shops causing an increase in coronary diseases. So, basically, cultures sticking to the siesta pattern have a more natural sleep pattern and often healthier people. It's not just the Mediterranean diet... 1mo
julesG ...that prolongs your life, it's the siesta, too. 😉 1mo
julesG @jb72 OMG, 6 months hold. Wish I could just lend you my ebook. 1mo
jb72 @julesG thanks, but it‘s okay. Plenty of other books to read in the meantime and naps to take. 😄 1mo
MatchlessMarie Adding to my TBR! After getting a sleep apnea diagnosis earlier this year the marvel of the role sleep plays in our health is fascinating to me. 1mo
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Suet624
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Because of the long line of library patrons waiting to listen to this I only had enough time to read the first and last third of the book. Missed the entire part about the power of dreams. However, what I heard was interesting and informative enough that I‘ll get back in the queue. Now I know why melatonin never worked for me - it only informs your body that it‘s time to sleep. It doesn‘t actually help you fall asleep.

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BookishShelly
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An excellent and important book. (Shown here by my son who insisted on holding the it.)

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LitLogophile
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10% in and I‘m loving this beautiful book so far! Author is incredible, audio is great, knowledge gained is immense 👌🏼

ReadingRover I listened to this audiobook a few weeks ago and really liked it. I thought it was super interesting. 5mo
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Niso
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Started #24in48 Readathon 45 mins ago (00:00 BST) with Matthew Walker‘ Why We Sleep. Considering the author strong stance against caffeine and the horrific consequences for not getting enough sleep, I think I‘ll read another chapter of Dorothy Whipple‘s We Were Sisters and then get me my 8 hours of sleep 💤

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Bubbly01
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Thoroughly enjoying this read by the amazing Matthew Walker!

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Rj6578
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One of the best books I‘ve read. I was worried it would be too technical but it wasn‘t. Learned a ton of the why‘s of sleep. Would suggest for anyone wanting to learn more on this subject.

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CJEskriett
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Scary, the effect of lack of sleep on our bodies. The post-industrial world is not good for sleep!

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Swyble
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This book is a fascinating deep dive into the science of sleep -- why we need sleep, how sleep (or the lack thereof) affects our health, and how to get better sleep. Matthew Walker distills fairly complicated and robust scientific concepts into prose that's easily digestible for a lay audience. Highly recommended -- the world would be a better place if everyone read this book and placed greater value on sleep.

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mday
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Adults forty-five years or older who sleep fewer than six hours a night are 200 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke during their life, as compared with those sleeping seven to eight hours a night.

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MichaelK
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I tried. I tried so hard. Some people would probably love this book but it got way to deep on sleep studies and experiments to keep me engaged.

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AbiBlack96
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”Every major system, tissue, and organ of your body suffers when sleep becomes short. No aspect of your health can retreat at the sign of sleep loss and escape unharmed. Like water from a burst pipe in your home, the effects of sleep deprivation will seep into every nook and cranny of biology, down into your cells, even altering your most fundamental self- your DNA.”

Excellent read so far, but will 100% make you worry about how much you sleep!

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MichaelK
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Seems like an appropriate book to send me to 😴

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MichaelK
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Always like to learn how to optimize and demystify our bodies. But sometimes these books can be a real slog to get through.

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JulietBoydAuthor
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Audio version. Do you know exactly how important sleep is? This is an eye-opening book (pun fully intended 😁) about the reasons you really do need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Detailed and easy to understand. Definitely would recommend.

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JulietBoydAuthor
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Started this one yesterday. Enjoying it so far. Enough sleep is everything, it seems.

readordierachel And yet so many don't get it, for various reasons. 11mo
JulietBoydAuthor @readordierachel I know. I think I'm going to be quite glad that I do by the time I finish this. 11mo
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Fridayfilms
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Our non-fiction choice for this month‘s book club. It comes out fists flying from page 1 with the helpful assertion that, unless you clock 8 hours of sleep a night, you WILL die.

And before you die of heart failure, or diabetes, or Alzheimer‘s, or that weird middle-age disease where you stop sleeping entirely and no one knows why or can cure you and you die 8 weeks later, you will probably be fat.

Neurotic or nervous dispositions, take heed.

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Jennb31
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This was a super interesting and relevant book. Understanding the importance of sleeping has forced me to shift my thought process to ensure that it is a priority.

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forevermint
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I picked this up from the library today on a whim because I never seem to get enough sleep 😪 I've only read a few pages so far but I think I'm going to like this one 🌙⭐

EmeraldSorceress I guess sleep is ok... I only like it in the morning when I have to stop, though 😆😔 I usually barely sleep because I read and don‘t stop until 4am... 😄 anyone else? 2y
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Floresj
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This was one of the best nonfiction books I've read, and I'd even call it "life changing". I learned so much about what happens to your brain, your body, and the impacts of getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night. I had believed that you could "catch up" on weekends but after reading the science of the brain, I'm shocked and am in awe of how amazing our brain is. How Alzheimer's and sleep are connected was worth the read in itself! Fascinating!

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keithmalek
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Who's more weird? Him or me? #WorldSleepDay

Riveted_Reader_Melissa He looks very comfy! 2y
Suet624 😂😂😂 2y
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keithmalek
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Oddly enough, he's quite comfortable. #WorldSleepDay

LitLogophile I woke up with my cat underneath me today.... she seemed happy 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Dragon 😻 2y
Suet624 Awwww 2y
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keithmalek
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I tend to sleep in weird positions. Here's proof. #WorldSleepDay

AmyG I envy your sleep. I had about 3 hours last night and I‘m dying. 😳 2y
Suet624 I started yawning when I saw this photo. 2y
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BookHermit
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What kind of monster does this to a library book? You couldn‘t find a receipt or a gum wrapper or i don‘t know a sock? Heck, we librarians print out a due date slip—use it!

TheWordJar I have a ton of bookmarks, but I always seem to use the check out receipt with library books! 2y
Readage What an ass. Seriously 😒 2y
ReadingSusan Omg it‘s bad enough when people do this to a book they own but to do this to a library book is disgraceful. 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian This is nothing. The other day someone returned a book to my library that had a ton of sand somehow inside the plastic cover on the hardcover book. 2y
Caroline2 Arghhhhhh!!!! I hate that!!! 🙄 2y
Lacythebookworm 🤦‍♀️why?! 2y
BookHermit @ReadingSusan What a person does with a library book in their own home is none of my business but library books are part of a sacred trust. 2y
BookHermit @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Sand? Like they couldn‘t shake it out and at least pretend that they hadn‘t taken a library book out of the country on a little tropical vacation. Rude! 2y
Fridayfilms Librarian? 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @BookHermit I honestly don't even know how they got it in there. 2y
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Oryx
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This book is fantastic and so so important. I am a big fan of sleep, huge fan, but I had no idea how important it is for our health. Getting less than 6 hours sleep at night puts us at risk of all sorts of serious issues (increased risk of cancer, Alzheimer's, heart attack and more). One of the best science books I've read.

Next time you want to stay up late to finish a book - don't. Read this book and understand why.

Sleep tight (like Daisy)

Oryx PS, if you struggle with sleeping, the author has lots of suggestions to help. Worth a read for that too. 2y
Gillyreads Sounds really interesting 2y
TrishB I‘m surviving on about 4 at the moment....not good! 2y
Oryx @TrishB ouch, that's got to be hard 😮 2y
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BookHermit
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My kind of disclaimer!

Zelma Love it! 👏 2y
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Oryx
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Now to find reasons to justify sleeping even more!

Daisy recommends a good 20 hours a day for maximum health #dogsoflitsy

Christine11 Daisy is adorable! This books looks interesting! 😊🐾 2y
TrishB Daisy is a wise doggo 🐶 2y
Oryx @TrishB She's currently lying upsidedown, proving her point. I'm sure Sansa would agree too. 2y
Oryx @Christine11 It's really interesting, I'm loving it so far. 2y
TrishB Sansa is currently twitching and snoring next to me, hence, proving your point 😁 2y
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Lindy
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Neuroscientist Matthew Walker doesn‘t pull his punches: “The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life.” This #audiobook got my attention with lots of convincing research, well presented. I‘ve always valued sleep, but it‘s even more vital to our health than I thought. No more late night reading for me!

Beckys_Books I need to read this. I struggle to get more than 6 hours of sleep on a consistent basis 2y
Lindy @Beckys_Books Yes, please read it! There are ways to improve your sleep and then you will feel so much better. 👍 2y
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Christy2318
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There was a brief battle over who got to sit in my lap before they both ran off to opposing corners. #dogsoflitsy #catsoflitsy

MinDea 😆😆😆🐶vs🐱 2y
BekahB So cute! 😍 2y
LauraBeth 😹😹 2y
DebinHawaii Hah! 🐶❤️🐱 2y
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Lindy
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There does not seem to be one major organ within the body, or process within the brain, that isn‘t optimally enhanced by sleep (and detrimentally impaired when we don‘t get enough).

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bookworm29
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Just had this delivered today, Why we sleep? 💤 should be an interesting read! Will start this tonight ...

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violabrain
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I can't recommend this book highly enough! This is the most critically important book I've ever read. Stop what you're doing right now and go get it. This book details the enormous benefits of sleep and the catastrophic consequences of not getting enough, written in a clear, engaging (humorous, even!) manner by the world's leading sleep researcher. Six stars out of five! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Seriously!!

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violabrain
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So excited for this book! I've been trying to convince people for years of the importance of getting enough sleep every night. Now I will have data to back me up! And this is just the first page!!