Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker audiobook

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

By Matthew Walker, PhD
Read by Steve West

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501144318

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781508279310

  • ISBN: 9781508254386

Runtime: 13.87 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Bestseller in Audio

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.

But 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. Among so many other things, 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 immensely accessible, Why We Sleep is the crucial account on sleep that will forever change readers’ minds on the subject.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Walker is adroit at presenting his findings and their implications in language accessible to the lay reader…A persuasive, exuberant case for addressing our societal sleep deficit and for the virtues of sleep itself.” New York Times Book Review
“Vital…a life-raft.” The Guardian (London)
“This is a stimulating and important book…The author is, as he puts it, ‘in love with everything that sleep is and does.’” Financial Times (London)
“Walker is a scientist but writes for the layperson, illustrating tricky concepts with easily grasped analogies.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Adopting a conversational style…Walker conveys his insights into the process of sleep with enthralling clarity.” Publishers Weekly
“A well-organized, highly accessible, up-to-date report.” Kirkus Reviews
“Dr. Matt Walker brilliantly illuminates the night, explaining how sleep can make us healthier, safer, smarter, and more productive…Every reader will find value in Dr. Walker’s insightful counsel.” Mark R. Rosekind, PhD, NASA scientist

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Author

Author Bio: Matthew Walker PhD

Author Bio: Matthew Walker PhD

Matthew Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California–Berkeley, the director of its sleep and neuroimaging laboratory, and a former professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. He has published over 100 scientific studies and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nova, BBC News, and NPR’s Science Friday.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 13.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English