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Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep

by Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker

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A sleep expert's outlook on the meaning, role, and importance of a good night's sleep for a healthy and fulfilling life.

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Why We Sleep

by Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker

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Sleep: we all need it. In fact, we spend approximately one third of our lives asleep. But how important is it to our health beyond the obvious anti-fatigue effects? In today's world, and especially among Western societies, sleep isn't given the importance it deserves. Long working hours and the 'hustle' mentality are continually glorified.

Matthew Walker is a scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses greatly on mental health and the understanding of human sleep.

In Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Walker unravels the impact quality sleep can have on our psyche and general well-being. A lack of sleep isn't just about feeling drowsy the next day, but can increase our risk of developing physical illnesses, and impact our perceptions and learning abilities.

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"Routinely sleeping less than six or seven hours a night demolishes your immune system, more than doubling your risk of cancer."

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