Why We Sleep by Matthew P. Walker

Why We Sleep

A New York Times bestsellerThe 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...

Details Why We Sleep

TitleWhy We Sleep
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Science, Health, Psychology, Audiobook

Reviews Why We Sleep

  • Emily
    For once, I actually mean five stars in the sense of "everybody should read this book." This book is highly readable but contains stunning information I'd never seen anywhere else (and includes numerous references to serious primary literature).I was reminded (stay with me here) of ancient Egyptian funerary practices. After carefully embalming organs like the heart and liver, and placing them in canopic jars, the Egyptians pulled the brain out wi...
  • Clif Hostetler
    The less you sleep the shorter your life span will be. Do I have your attention yet? If so read this excerpt from the beginning of this book (p3-5), and you will understand why this book caught my attention. This book is divided into four parts. Part 1 defines the nature and types of sleep, describes how the need for sleep changes over a life span, and goes on to discuss the evolutionary origins of sleep. Part 2 describes why you should sleep a...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Hands down, one of the best books I read this year (more like ever, to be honest). So, a miracle drug has been discovered. A revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, l...
  • Rebecca Foster
    We often hear that sleep, diet and exercise are the three pillars of health, but Walker, a professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, goes further: he believes sleep is the platform on which diet and exercise rest. Getting 7–9 hours of sleep a night is not some luxury to aim for but an absolute essential for the brain to process new information and prepare for receiving more the next day. Dreaming is like overnight the...
  • Kamil
    There's an overwhelmingly positive experience I had with this book. For most of it, Walker talks about his research (and his colleagues) surrounding the sleep and those arguments are fascinating and convincing. However, there are moments, mostly closer to the end of it, when you feel like you are listening to a sales pitch. First of all, I dislike when somebody uses percentage without reference, ie "it's a 150% growth" as it might easily mean it ...
  • Sad Sunday (Princess Consuela Bananahammock)
    Finally, the book whose author actually said that he will be happy if a reader fell asleep while reading it. Great book!I have to admit, I skipped a few chapters due to my incompetence in sleep science. But I am still rating it 5* stars since it was a great and interesting read. In my opinion M.P.Walker said everything about sleep that could be said. The thing I liked the most was the style - it had a flowing continuity that was easy to understan...
  • Paul
    Some are getting too much, most aren't getting enough. No, I don't mean that; what I am talking about is sleep. There are people out there who seem to be able to exist on almost no sleep, people who are in the office at stupid o'clock in the morning and who are still up way after midnight. While scientists knew that we needed food and water and could explain why, no one could adequately explain why we slept, what purpose it served. It is only rec...
  • Viv JM
    Squeezed by the vise grips of an electrified night and early-morning start times, bereft of twenty-four-hour thermal cycles, and with caffeine and alcohol surging through us in various quantities, many of us feel rightly exhausted and crave that which seems always elusive: a full, restful night of natural deep sleep. This book is a fascinating look at the purpose and benefits of sleep, including the importance of different stages in the sleep cyc...
  • Tamahome
    Wordy but good content. I'm making sleep a bigger priority.p. 164:I was once fond of saying , “ Sleep is the third pillar of good health , alongside diet and exercise . ” I have changed my tune . Sleep is more than a pillar ; it is the foundation on which the other two health bastions sit . Take away the bedrock of sleep , or weaken it just a little , and careful eating or physical exercise become less than effective , as we shall see .sleep ...
  • Ana
    Want to know why consistently sleeping less than 8 hours per night puts you at high risk (I forget the figures right now, but very very high) of heart stroke, cancer, depression, obesity, anxiety? Want to know how sleeping less than 8 hours per night shortens your life by more than just a few years? Want to get super angry and realize that the entire Western, industrialized world is pushing for ways of life that overlook the need for sleep? Readi...
  • Stephen
    My favourite book of 2018 so far and one of my all time non-fiction favourites.So much in there that just makes sense and explains a lot - wish that I had read this 30 years ago when I started my working life but without giving too much away I shall be making sure that I get my 7 to 8 hours sleep every night (if I do have to work late, I'll make sure that I don't have an early start the next day) , refrain from alcohol just before sleep, avoid lo...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Detailed yet accessible exploration into all aspects of sleep.As a chronic insomniac, I knew I had to read this as soon as I spotted it on Netgalley. When sleep is elusive, it colours every aspect of your life - from functioning at work to appetite, so I was keen to learn more about it from an expert, and hopefully pick up some tips on how to cut out the dreaded sleep...
  • Anton
    Great and wonderfully insightful book. Everything you wanted to know about sleep, dreaming and why do we need to do it every night.This book will also make your skin crawl sometimes... being part and parcel of the modern sleep deprived culture it is plain scary what the price we are paying for an early morning in the office, or worse an all-nighter power-through.This is a great nonfiction and i wish more people will discover this read. 5 ⭐ fair...
  • James Hartley
    This is going to sound naive but it still surprises me that so many scientists can be so vain. I like to imagine them outside and above such concerns but of course they arent: theyre as human as the rest of us. They want to win prizes, "go down in history", have students applaud them in lectures and be popular.Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and tours, lectures and writes on sleep and s...
  • Darian Onaciu
    If you've ever slept you should read this book.I always thought that sleep was a waste of time which drains away about a third of our life. So why bother with it? Why would I not sleep as little as possible and spend my waking time doing things I like?Well, it seems that there are a throng of reasons why we shouldn't do this, all of them drawn from scientific research.Let me illustrate this with a quote from the book: “Scientists have discovere...
  • Frieda Vizel
    I heard Walker on NPR and was promptly brought to hysterics over the danger of sleeping too little. I had a techy friend block the wifi on my home router from 8pm until morning, then I bought a data disabling add-on from my phone carrier for my cell phone to lock that too, and I began to measure my smartwatch sleep metrics like workout results; look at me, nine hours! I also procured the book and fell asleep to it quite a few times, which might b...
  • Liina Bachmann
    People who sleep too little (less than 8 hours a night more or less regularly) are stupid, can't remember stuff, have a weak immune system, die younger, are a burden to the health care system and a threat to other people. Sufficient sleep is the single most important thing you can do for your health and well being but still the "5hour sleep" is glorified, justified and not reacted upon. Well read the book and you won't think it okay to sleep litt...
  • Prashanthini Mande
    We all need 8 hours of sleep. Most of us know this fact but still sacrifice sleep because we do not know the extent of damage lack of sleep can do. Some of us think that they can fully function on 4-6 hours of sleep. A few of us may also think sleeping is for losers. We can sleep when we die. To all of us, I would say, please read this book.The sheer number of problems we face because of lack of sleep is scary. Sleep affects everything - our ment...
  • Youghourta
    كتاب مُخيف جدًا. يُمكن تلخيصه في التالي: النوم ضروري جدًا، أكثر مما كنت تتصوّر، الأمر مُثبت علميًا، ما لم تأخذ النّوم على محمل الجد فإن حياتك وحيوات من حولك في خطر. توقف وأعد النظر في ساعات نومك فالأمر جلل ويحتاج منك كامل تركيزك.لو قرأت في يوم من الأ...
  • Jenifer Jacobs
    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is an excellent summary on (as the title clearly states) why we sleep. I don't know why I thought that what I learned in college (from my egregiously egotistic Sleep and Dreaming professor) would still be accurate and relevant but somehow I did. This book set me straight! The author presents the latest research in a readable and e...
  • Tina
    In a nutshell, sleep is even more important than water and food. It is our personal evolution. It is the most effective medicine. This book was magnificent. Life changing (my life before I read this book vs my life after I read this book). The last book that created a before/after version of myself was China Study (almost 10 years ago). But unlike China Study, this book read so easily and was fascinating all the way through. This sleep scientist ...
  • Tala
    Me, before reading this: I know sleep is important, but what could you possibly have to say that would fill almost 350 pages on sleep...Me, after reading this, now an intellectual: A really informative, science-backed and evidence-based read on hygienic sleep. This book dives deep into all aspects of sleep: the whys, hows, whens, and so much more. It made me re-evaluate the way I sleep and confront myself about how it is actually affecting (and a...
  • Brenda
    Startling information about the all-too-real dangers of not getting the necessary amount of sleep night after night. Easy to follow and all the information backed by extensive trials and studies, this book is packed with scientific findings that will make anyone reading this to reevaluate their views on the importance of 7 or more hours of sleep.He goes into details regarding NREM sleep and REM sleep and the health benefits and effects of both on...
  • Toni
    I guess I'm not in the camp of seeing "groundbreaking" information in this book. Valuable information, definitely, but information it seems to me that I've read before. Yes, at least 30-40% (my guesstimate) of adults in industrialized countries do not get enough sleep, compared to other countries, etc. Our 24/7 media bursts available on a multitude of devices has exasperated this problem. Yes. Corporate culture rewards the individual who works la...
  • Ashley Lipps
    I thought I was a believer in the importance of sleep. Holy moly, I had no idea. There’s a lot here, and the book is very readable. This will strengthen your resolve if you’re a sleep lover in a world of folks who see a lack of sleep as a badge of pride. And if you think you’ve heard all of the hallow advice about how and why to get enough sleep, the research and advice in this book actually feels fledged out and meaningful.
  • Nigeyb
    It took me a while to finish Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, primarily because it's so detailed. Far more detailed than I needed or wanted, however it is probably the definitive guide to sleep, everything you could wish to know is here. Most specifically the profound consequences of not getting 7+ hours every day, as well as advice on how to improve your sleep. By the by, to get at least 7 hours of sleep you probably need to be...
  • Charlotte Nash
    I found this book a revelation. It explains both why after two years' serious sleep deprivation, I couldn't function (and sadly why I'm never likely to recover from that) and why society mostly gives narey a feck about how sleep deprived anyone is. The combination of "I'm tough/serious/dedicated if I put everything else ahead of sleep" and almost no public knowledge about sleep's critical functions is a killer (literally). The very sad thing is t...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]It took me so long to get to this book (which I also requested late, it didn’t help), and I’m wondering why! Although it *was* definitely scary, it was really interesting—and anyway, the ‘scare’ makes a lot of sense, so I wouldn’t be inclined as to consider it ‘alarmist stuff I can probably safely ignore because all these doctors and scientists write alarming stuff anyway’. I’ve...