Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker
Why We Sleep is a science book about the multitude of benefits obtained from healthy, natural sleep. Sleep is universal, and it is almost as old as time; however, the last century has witnessed a dramatic decrease in the amount of sleep the average person gets. This has resulted in a myriad of health problems and challenges.
Developed nations ought to emphasize the importance of good sleeping habits through education and changes in school and work environments. Moreover, individuals should consult medical professionals about possible therapies for lack of sleep prior to taking any type of sedation, which does not induce natural sleep.
This book elaborates on why sleep is so beneficial, why lack of sleep can be detrimental, and how to make life changes to improve our overall health. This book is gripping, thorough, and life-changing.
About the Author
Matthew Walker, Ph.D., is an English professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley, the director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab, and a former professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. He is a well-respected scientist who has published more than 100 scientific studies and has appeared on many TV and radio programs. Why We Sleep is his first book and is an international bestseller.
THIS THING CALLED SLEEP
CAFFEINE, JET LAG, AND MELATONIN
APE BEDS, DINOSAURS, AND NAPPING WITH HALF A BRAIN
CHANGES IN SLEEP ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
Take responsibility for you and your baby’s health by not using alcohol prior, during, and after pregnancy.
Learn how to prevent sleep fragmentation.
Communicate the importance of afternoon naps to children and teenagers.
YOUR MOTHER AND SHAKESPEARE KNEW
TOO EXTREME FOR THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
Sleep well to improve your safety and the safety of others.
For a problem with a lack of healthy sleep, first, try to find a solution with a therapist.
IPADS, FACTORY WHISTLES, AND NIGHTCAPS
HURTING AND HELPING YOUR SLEEP
Instead of reaching for medication and sedatives, consult medical professionals when you don’t sleep well.