Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain?
What really happens during REM sleep?
Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime?
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health 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 it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts twenty years of cutting-edge research, looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom to find the answers that will transform our appreciation of sleep and reverse our neglect of it.
A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise * The Times * I urge you all to read this book * Times Higher Education * Passionate, urgent, convincing ... it had a powerful effect on me -- Rachel Cooke * Observer * Most of us have no idea what we do with a third of our lives. In this lucid and engaging book, Matt Walker explains the new science that is rapidly solving this age-old mystery. Why We Sleep is a canny pleasure that will have you turning pages well past your bedtime -- Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
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.