Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Category: Medicine
Author: Matthew Walker PhD
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by neeon88   2019-07-21

Give this a read. Changed my life and I will never fuck with my sleep after reading it

by neeon88   2019-07-21

Give this a read. Changed my life and I will never fuck with my sleep ever again

by schistaceous   2019-07-21

Yeah, one of these things is not like the others. Just the first few pages of Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep makes that clear. Don't know whether it's a year-long project, but of the items on the list it merits top priority.

by crazygringo   2018-12-26
Michael Pollan: How to Change Your Mind [1]

Not just about an utterly fascinating topic (psychadelic drugs), in terms of history (LSD turning from a scientific wonder drug to illegal), his personal experiences, and the neuroscience behind it, but also just extremely well-written -- a real page-turner. A crazy potent combination of science, spirituality (from a skeptic), and narrative. I expect his book will be a significant part of why psychadelic drugs will be legalized in the near future specifically for therapeutic purposes.

Also +1 for 2017's Why We Sleep [2]. After reading it, I couldn't believe how shockingly ignorant I'd been of how I spend a full third of my life, and how much it affects the other two-thirds -- and the degree to which a lack of sleep prevents us from perceiving the effects of lack of sleep, in a kind of vicious cycle.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Change-Your-Mind-Consciousness-Transc...

[2] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

by crazygringo   2018-12-08
I highly recommend the 2017 book "Why We Sleep" [1]. Written by a doctor, starting at page 335 he calls exactly for ensuring hospital patients can sleep, why this is so critical for recovery, and how many things in hospitals currently work against this. (The book covers so much ground, including other reforms like school time starts, why society doesn't value sleep because sleep-deprived people don't perceive their substandard performance, and so on.)

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

by guiambros   2018-11-20
"Why We Sleep", by Matthew Walker [1]. I've read a lot about sleep over the years, but I still found it fascinating and comprehensive.

I've mentioned the book on several other threads [2], so I'll avoid repeating here.

Along the same lines of expanding the ability of your body/mind, one that I'm currently reading is "What doesn't kill us" [3]. Pretty fascinating to think that we have a lot more control over our immune system than originally thought.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

[2] https://www.amazon.com/What-Doesnt-Kill-Environmental-Condit...

by tikhonj   2018-10-14
I recently read the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (a professor at Berkeley). It's pop-sciency in style but more nuanced and well-supported than most pop science books I've read. I definitely recommend picking it up. It made me value sleep a lot more than I used to, both for long- and short-term reasons.

Among other things, the book talks about how much sleep people need. Almost everyone needs around 8 hours—it varies with age, but it pretty consistent among people at the same with very rare exceptions. For most people, being short even by just one hour (ie a night with seven hours of sleep) has a number of measurable negative effects.