Why We Sleep : Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams

Why We Sleep : Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams



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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. An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty 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. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn,...  more »
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Edition Statement :

First Scribner hardcover edition.

Content :

Part 1. This thing called sleep. To sleep ... -- Caffeine, jet lag, and melatonin : losing and gaining control of your sleep rhythm -- Defining and generating sleep : time dilation and what we learned from a baby in 1952 -- Ape beds, dinosaurs, and napping with half a brain : who sleeps, how do we sleep, and how much? -- Changes in sleep across the life span -- Part 2. Why should you sleep?. Your mother and Shakespeare knew : the benefits of sleep for the brain -- Too extreme for the Guinness Book of World Records : sleep deprivation and the brain -- Cancer, heart attacks, and a shorter life : sleep deprivation and the body -- Part 3. How and why we dream. Routinely psychotic : REM-sleep dreaming -- Dreaming as overnight therapy -- Dream creativity and dream control -- Part 4. From sleeping pills to society transformed. Things that go bump in the night : sleep disorders and death caused by no sleep -- iPads, factory whistles, and nightcaps : what's stopping you from sleeping? -- Hurting and helping your sleep : pills vs. therapy -- Sleep and society : what medicine and education are doing wrong; what Google and NASA are doing right -- A new vision for sleep in the twenty-first century -- Conclusion : to sleep or not to sleep -- Appendix : twelve tips for healthy sleep.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York, NY : Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2017]



Physical Description :

viii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Notes :
  • October 2017.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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