Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say that it is no easy task to give this book 5 stars.

I rate it as such because of how much it has opened my eyes to the necessity of sleep and more importantly, how much I have been neglecting it.

In this book you will learn how sleep works and what happens to your brain, organs and mind when you dont get enough of it. The answers are scary.

The book is full to the brim with studies backing up every claim made. They aren’t incomprehensible to the average person either, I feel confident in saying that the entire book is easy to understand and we are explained foundational concepts before they are used to explain other things.

In regards to the content itself, then I will repeat one of the facts from this book. We are taught how to prevent and treat obesity from a young age. We are taught the dangers of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes…but what are you taught by society at a young age about sleep? For me at least, next to nothing is the unfortunate answer.

I began to understand how unfortunate it was indeed once studies were mentioned as proof that sleep deprivation causes many ills for the body and can devestate your health and wellbeing. I honestly feel such information should be spread far and wide. Where lack of sleep does damage, sufficient sleep does just as much for the benefit of your health.

I can be positive for my own self development that this book has been a life changing read, and while I dont expect to turn my sleeping patterns around immediately, I now have the knowledge to motivate myself to do so one step at a time.

Incredibly beneficial book containing information we should ALL know!

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