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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (original 2017; edición 2018)

por Matthew Walker PhD (Autor)

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"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"--… (más)
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Título:Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Autores:Matthew Walker PhD (Autor)
Info:Scribner (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 368 pages
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Etiquetas:audio nonfiction science medicine health

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  FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
Written in the style of a television presenter, in clear chapters on different topics promoting the importance of sleep. The book was full of interesting facts and I couldn't but help from analysing my own sleep patterns whilst reading this book. The importance of sleep on health is undeniable and it is obvious from reading this that the traditionally long hours worked by the health professionals in particular need to break the tradition and be paid to sleep longer, rather than work longer. I would have liked the book to discuss what happens to the mind during comas and dying, but nonetheless a very interesting read. Definitely one to pay attention to and promote. ( )
  AChild | Nov 11, 2021 |
Want to improve your health? It turns out that sleeping more and better is the key! From obesity, to memory, to learning, to cancer, to dementia, it turns out sleep is one of the most important factors for health outcomes!

In late teens and early twenties, I was a non-believer in sleep. But starting in my mid-twenties, it was like a hit a wall, and ever since, I've been unable to function on a poor night's sleep. Luckily, this has led to much better sleep hygiene!

My parents emphasized a good nights sleep when I was a kid, so the direction of this book isn't surprising to me, although it is stunning in its scope!

Sleep touches every aspect of our lives, so it is challenging to offer a concise summary. That said, I highly recommend you read the book, as it has numerous vital pointers.

A few fun tidbits:
- Drowsy driving is more kills more people than drunk driving. Drunk drivers have slow reaction times, but drowsy drivers drivers have "micro-sleeps" where they're unresponsive for a few seconds at a time
- Alcohol sedates our brain, and prevents the formation of new memories
- REM sleep is when we process emotions. Poor sleep the night after trauma? PTSD.
- One week of poor sleep can compromise your immune system even a year later.

The most fascinating frontiers that this book mentions are around lucid dreaming. I was also waiting (and still am waiting) for the author's analysis of mediation.

At the end of the day though, this book is somewhat depressing, in that it reinforces an epistemology where we need to know the mechanism behind something before prioritizing it. Have cultures for millennia known the vital importance of sleep? Yes! Books like this highlight the existential idiocy of Western culture... ( )
  willszal | Sep 28, 2021 |
Superb book, which made me understood my insomnia better. Also the benefits of deep sleep and REM sleep. ( )
  sujitacharyya | Sep 25, 2021 |
Damn, I've been neglecting sleep until I read this book. Must read, I feel much better during the daytime now. ( )
  mdibaiee | Sep 23, 2021 |
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"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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