TLS, Observer, Sunday Times, FT, Guardian, Daily Mail and Evening Standard Books of the Year 2017
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, read by John Sackville.
Includes a bonus PDF of graphs and diagrams.
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.
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By R Blades on 15-01-18
Is Sleep just for the Weak?
A hearty NO! Matthew’s 20+ years of sleep studying and psychological tests have delivered some of the biggest results for humans in the betterment of themselves, their safety and society. This is a must read(or listen) book for all who are interested in prolonging their life or taking steps so as not to shorten it. John narrates the book wonderfully and really brings the enthusiasm that Matthew Walker pens. From increasing you chance of fighting off the common cold to even improving your chances of surviving cancer “Why We Sleep?” is an insightful and motivating book.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 20-01-18
Ground-breaking, so the flaws are forgivable
Potentially life changing, which you cannot say about many books. The science is illuminating and the evidence is extremely persuasive.
It is not without flaws. The futurology and social commentary is less convincing. If you spend much of a book setting out the facts, supported by evidence, in order to build an argument that is not widely understood, you endanger your overall message if you veer off into ideas and opinions. In that regard it also felt padded a little.
The narration is very good, if a little "high and mighty" in its tone.
But pay little attention to these flaws. The core of this book is truly profound, and may cause you to rethink how you live your life.
And if you want an executive summary: Get another 30-60 mins sleep per night. You won't regret it.
50 of 54 people found this review helpful
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By Winston Lee on 06-03-18
Informative with passionate narrator
I would recommend this book to anybody who is currently sleeping less than 7 hours per night and wants to find a shortcut to improving their life in all aspects. I found the information here enlightening and the evidence compelling.
The narrator is great too, he manages to imitate the various accents and also reads the sentences in a way that very accurately brings across the weight and meaning of the point that Matthew Walker is trying to bring across. I felt like the narrator was the writer himself.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Cristian Vlad Lupa on 19-04-18
One of the best books I read in the last year! Everyone should read this book
1 of 1 people found this review helpful