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Why We Sleep Audiobook

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

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Publisher's Summary

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 20 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 listeners' minds on the subject.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2017 Matthew Walker (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    Michael L Griggs 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great information on sleep, so good I overslept."

    The information is critical for the public to know. I think most people are completely unaware how poor sleep adversely affects health.

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    "Profoundly important insight for our times."

    I am recommending this book to all my friends. For the sake of one's health, creativity, mental wellbeing, and for the safety of our society, Matthew Walker's findings need to be widely known, especially by policy makers, and institutional decision makers such as school boards and superintendents and principles. And parents, and doctors, and everyone else, because insufficient sleep impacts EVERYTHING in our society.

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    "Good content. Good voice. Badly read."

    I like the book, content and message. 5 stars.
    I like the voice of the reader. 5 stars
    However, there are unnatural pauses after every second or third word. This causes a very very incoherent listening experience.

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    Mary augusta, GA, United States 10-10-17
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    I have read many books on sleep for
    Professional reasons, This book lacks the information other than the basics. I have purchased many more books than I have returned and will continue to do so.
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