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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams [9780141983769]

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THE TOP TEN SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, AND TLS, OBSERVER, SUNDAY TIMES, FT, GUARDIAN, DAILY MAIL AND EVENING STANDARD BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017

'Vital ... a life-raft' Guardian

 

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep.Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health.

Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

Now, in this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to 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.

'A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise' - The Times

'It had a powerful effect on me' - Observer

'I urge you all to read this book' - Times Higher Education


AUTHOR: Matthew Walker's fascination with sleep has taken him from Nottingham to Harvard and on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory. He has published over 100 scientific research studies during the course of his twenty-year career. Why We Sleep is his first book.

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SKU:
9780141983769
ISBN13:
9780141983769
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Delivery usually in 2-6 working days.
Author:
Matthew Walker
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Publication:
04-Jan-2018
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
368
Chart Position:
1279
Weight:
272 Grams
  • 5
    Great Read

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Apr 2021

    Filled with life changing information and easy to follow up. Really enjoy it. The delivery was swift. Definitely use them again.

  • 5
    Great book

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Dec 2020

    Cracking read, very informative and easy going. It arrived quickly despite increased Christmas postal traffic.

  • 5
    A fascinating read

    Posted by Unknown on 24th Dec 2019

    This book will tell you things you'd wish you'd known when younger..... I never knew sleep was so vital to one's existence. Totally absorbing.