Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

by Matthew Walker

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Why We Sleep is a science book about the multitude of benefits obtained from healthy, natural sleep. Sleep is universal, and it is almost as old as time; however, the last century has witnessed a dramatic decrease in the amount of sleep the average person gets. This has resulted in a myriad of health problems and challenges.

Developed nations ought to emphasize the importance of good sleeping habits through education and changes in school and work environments. Moreover, individuals should consult medical professionals about possible therapies for lack of sleep prior to taking any type of sedation, which does not induce natural sleep.

This book elaborates on why sleep is so beneficial, why lack of sleep can be detrimental, and how to make life changes to improve our overall health. This book is gripping, thorough, and life-changing. 

About the Author

Matthew Walker, Ph.D., is an English professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley, the director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab, and a former professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. He is a well-respected scientist who has published more than 100 scientific studies and has appeared on many TV and radio programs. Why We Sleep is his first book and is an international bestseller.