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‘Astonishing . . . an amazing book . . . absolutely chocker full of things that we need to know’ Chris Evans
‘Matthew Walker is probably one of the most influential people on the planet’ Evening Standard
THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
TLS, OBSERVER, SUNDAY TIMES, FT, GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL AND EVENING STANDARD BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017
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.
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 into 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.
‘Startling, vital … a life-raft’ Guardian
‘A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise’ The Times
‘Passionate, urgent . . . it had a powerful effect on me’ Observer
From the Publisher
The international bestseller by neuroscientist, Matthew Walker
An afternoon nap increases the brain’s learning capacity by 15-20%
Sleep improves your memory, halting forgetting by 30-50%, relative to staying awake
Not getting enough sleep increases sweet and salty cravings by 30-40%
Sleep offers a three-fold bost in creativity and problem solving
A good night’s sleep improves time to physical exhaustion when exercising by 10-30%
Why We Sleep
The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
More than exercise, diet and wealth, science has shown that sleep is the most important factor to our physical and mental wellbeing.
In the first book of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge sleep science.
From what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change as we grow older, Why We Sleep is the wake-up call we need: transforming our appreciation of the vital role of sleep in all aspects of our lives.
Publisher:Penguin; 1st edition (25 September 2018)
Item Weight:269 g
Dimensions:12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
Country of Origin:United Kingdom