Book Review - Why We Sleep

by @edent | | 1 comment

A do not disturb sign hangs on a doorknob.

Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. 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.

I am going to die from lack of sleep. My brain will turn to jelly, my mind will collapse, and my body shortly after. Every minute not spent sleeping is a minute closer to a grisly demise.

This is an unrelenting journey through every way that lack-of-sleep will kill you. A thorough study of all the experiments and literature on sleep science.

Fascinating and utterly depressing. The book is monomaniacal in attributing sleeplessness to all the ills in the world. It hammers home just how vital a decent night's sleep is - and gives practical advice on how to obtain in.

Not a book to read for pleasure - more of an act of self torture as the glow of the Kindle keeps you up well beyond midnight.

One thought on “Book Review - Why We Sleep

  1. I loved this. Just knowing things like the interrupting of also was such a big deal if you want to learn/remember has completely changed how I think about sleep as part of a process of learning. No point studying of you aren't going to sleep!

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