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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams (Paperback)

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'Vital ... a life-raft' Guardian' A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise' The Times' It had a powerful effect on me' Observer' I urge you all to read this book' Times Higher Education. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive. Now, in this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.



Health & WellbeingPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPhysiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyStates of consciousnessSleep & dreams Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 04/01/2018 ISBN-13: 9780141983769  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Matthew Walker's fascination with sleep has taken him from Nottingham to Harvard and on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory. He has published over 100 scientific research studies during the course of his twenty-year career. Why We Sleep is his first book.

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I bought this because I heard it being raved about on the radio. Absolutely fascinating, and written in a very readable style. The sort of book you thrust into other people's hands, and say 'You must read this'. Strongly recommend.

- 07/05/2018
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If you're looking for an accessible, informative and illuminating investigation into an explanation of the purpose and vital importance of sleep, this is it. It's fascinating and also scary as hell for all habitual insomniacs (myself included). I think this book is hugely important in our ever-connected and frantic paced world. Sleep is a thing we fool ourselves into believing we can do without; Walker shows why that is very much not the case. Read this book then reward yourself with a full 8 hours sleep.

 

Sarah, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 12/04/2018

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