Why we sleep: unlocking the power of sleep and dreams

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Publisher:
Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,
Pub. Date:
[2017]
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First Scribner hardcover edition.
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English
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A New York Times bestseller 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, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity. Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.
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subject_facetHEALTH & FITNESS -- Sleep & Sleep Disorders
Life Sciences -- Human Anatomy & Physiology
PSYCHOLOGY -- Mental Health
Psychology -- Mental Health
SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Human Anatomy & Physiology
Sleep
Sleep & Sleep Disorders
Sleep -- Physiological aspects
Sleep -- physiology
title_displayWhy we sleep : unlocking the power of sleep and dreams
title_fullWhy we sleep : unlocking the power of sleep and dreams / Matthew Walker, PhD
title_shortWhy we sleep
title_subunlocking the power of sleep and dreams
topic_facetHEALTH & FITNESS
Human Anatomy & Physiology
Life Sciences
Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY
Physiological aspects
Psychology
SCIENCE
Sleep
Sleep & Sleep Disorders
physiology