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Why We Sleep

Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Oct 03, 2017 | 368 Pages
Why We Sleep

Sleep is crucial for our overall wellness and lifespan, yet it's still one of the most misunderstood topics. For a long time, science had no idea why we sleep or what benefits it provided. We also didn't know the consequences of not getting enough sleep.

The function of sleep was obscure compared to basic drives in life such as eating, drinking, and procreation.

The importance of sleep and dreaming has long been known, but recent developments in neuroscience have expanded our understanding of it.

Dr. Matthew Walker, a prominent neuroscientist and sleep researcher, presents us with a fresh perspective on the vital significance of sleep and dreaming.

Sleep is important for brain function, as it aids in our ability to learn and remember information. It also helps us make logical decisions, regulates our emotions, and restocks our immune system.

According to recent studies, dreaming eases the pain of bad memories and lets the brain draw from past experiences to create something new.

Dr. Walker answers essential questions that people have always wondered about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol impact our slumber? What actually occurs during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns shift as we age?

How do commonly used sleep aids affect us and could they have long-term consequences?

Dr. Walker explains how to use sleep to enhance learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; improve the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our enterprises by charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs as well as synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice.

In his new book, Why We Sleep, Dr. Matthew Walker makes a fascinating and accessible case for the importance of sleep.

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