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Why We Sleep

Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Lu par : Steve West
Durée : 13 h et 52 min
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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.

But an explosion of scientific discoveries in the last 20 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. Among so many other things, 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 immensely accessible, Why We Sleep is the crucial account on sleep that will forever change listeners' minds on the subject.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Matthew Walker (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Great book

This is a great book and a must read for every human being wishing to stay in shape

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Overdone!

The author of this book is a sleep science researcher.

His work is intended to stress the importance of sleep and its benefits.

Though his claims are probably not unfounded, they appear excessive as sleep is presented as a universal remedy that can prevent cancer, heart ailments, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. It is also held out as the essential contributor to creativity, memory and even physical prowess, both for athletes and musicians.

Given the countless repetitions in the book, many may find that such urging is counter productive rather than convincing.

In addition, the author strangely states that lost sleep cannot be recovered. Why, then, should anyone bother to endeavour to improve his sleep hygiene if he is already doomed?

The book was also written before Fitbit type trackers were common so they are not discussed as such, only anticipated with a surprising assertion that they should be linked to bedroom thermostats.

For specific help with respect to better sleeping, please note the author refers his readers to the National Sleep Foundation.

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interesting but somewhat repetitive

Liked the idea of a sleep index for employees based on sleep tracker data, that you can redeem as € bonuses or time off. You need 2 features: quantity (7 to 9h sleep) and consistency (every night).
This, combined with some of the actionable tips to improve your sleep, would make for a valuable product in my opinion.

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Very insightful, based on scientific evidence,

I listened to this book because someone recommended it to me. Since I read it I take more care of my and my familys sleep. Life is so much easier when everyone gets their dose of it.

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FOOTNOTE!

The book is great. The only thing that bothered me was the way the reader said "footnote" abruptly. Really sounds like Dwite Schrute from The Office when he says "Fact!". But in this context it's not funny but rather annoying.

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  • Emma Bennett
  • 11/12/2017

I recommend this to EVERYONE

I first noticed Why We Sleep on Audible's homepage under "New in Non-Fiction" and clicked on it simply because I saw it was narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Steve West. The subtitle "Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams" makes this sound like it would be full of watered down science and generic advice about getting a good night's sleep or interpreting your dreams. That is NOT what this book is, thankfully. Matthew Walker presents study after study explaining why we need sleep for every aspect of our lives (to prevent disease, to help remember things, to look more attractive, etc.). I was fascinated for all 14 hours of this book. I've recommended it to every person I know, because the content of the book is just so IMPORTANT. The next time I hear someone say, "Oh, I only need 5 hours of sleep a night," I will tell them how wrong they are and shove this book in their face. Seriously, everyone needs to READ THIS BOOK!!! Our society holds some really erroneous beliefs about sleep, from how much you should be getting a night, to whether you really have insomnia (you probably don't). Walker addresses everything you ever wanted to know about sleep and more in this book. I will be listening to this again soon.

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  • Innate
  • 10/12/2017

The best book on sleep bar none

I absolutely hated this book for the first number of chapters. Both the narrator and the content (as applicable) seemed pretentious, dry, and lacking in anything of interest. However, it got so much better as I progressed through the book and eventually I came to view this as the best "sleep book" that I've ever read. I listen to a lot of podcasts on health, sleep and related content, and yet I learned a lot in this book that I never knew about sleep related issues.

I highly recommend that everyone read this book and I've purchased copies for many people that I know already. The content in this book can dramatically help improve the life of almost anyone.

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  • NMwritergal
  • 24/12/2017

One of my favorite nonfiction reads of 2017

I had been avoiding reading a book on what lack of sleep does to a person because I figured it the news would not be good and I sleep so badly, I just didn't want to know. But I heard the author on NPR and it sounded so interesting, I got it.

The news was worse than I thought! Nevertheless, it was so fascinating, full of such interesting information, I'm glad I read/listened to it. It's one of the few books that I'd say, "Everyone should read this." For those who can manage to get a decent night's sleep but think 5 or 6 hours is enough--this might change their minds.

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  • Quality?
  • 25/05/2019

Wow, should have read this years ago...

It is amazing how Matt Walker takes these new studies and forms them into data we can learn from. Data that is not dry and mind-numbing but interesting and wants you to listen to sections over to really soak in that information. After reading this book and am much more driven to protect my sleep time and keep a schedule. And I must say that my life daily stability is much more even, that my pulls from memory and learning is becoming better even though I am aging and that effect on memories.

So I encourage you, that if you are reading this, to get this book and value yourself enough to take this topic seriously so you protect something that you can not get back.

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  • Brian
  • 14/02/2019

Before this I was ignorant

As a scientist myself I loved listening to this. It has changed a lot of my habits around sleep. Also it's given me some hope for Alzheimer's which my grandmother had.

Before this book I was ignorant of the impact of sleep. During the course of reading it I've changed my habits and honestly feel a non placebo benifit

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  • Andrew Foster III
  • 01/05/2019

The importance of sleep has blown my mind

I never knew sleep was so paramount to my health until now. Before today I knew a lack of sleep was unhealthy but now I know why consistent sleep and rest are vital to healthy living.

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  • Shalom Yariv
  • 28/05/2018

Good content, inadequate reading

Story: 5 starts Reading: 1 star

The Story
The content is updated, well organized and clear, yet not too simplistic. The previous time that I read about the science of sleep was almost three decades ago, and after listening to Matthew Walker's audio-book, I realized that these three decades had been very productive for sleep researchers.

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On the other hand, The reading is problematic and has some problems which seriously spoil the reading experience. First, it is very monotonous, and lacks the necessary vocal excitement that is so much needed for the delivery of an exciting scientific information. This may imply that the reader is not really interested in the fascinating story, and the result is that I had some difficulties keeping my concentration an found myself pressing the '30 seconds back' button repeatedly.

My conclusion is that it is best if scientists would read their own books, just like in the lectures of "The Great Courses".


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  • Mary Jane
  • 02/11/2017

Good basic information

This was a good book, but had some very basic information in it. If you are looking for ways to help you sleep better, find something else. If you are wanting to understand the benefits of sleeping or detriments of not sleeping, this is very good. I enjoyed the narration.

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  • Michael
  • 08/10/2019

Highly Recommended

There is a nice PDF for this book with charts and graphs that are quite useful to review before (or during) listening to this book.

Clearly the author has strong views about the importance of sleep, and perhaps goes a little overboard with his passion. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting, important, and actionable information about sleep in this book.

I learned quite a bit, relearned quite a bit, and was convinced about the importance of good quality sleep. I would highly recommend this to anyone, particularly anyone with any trouble sleeping. Even if you sleep really well, this book is interesting to learn about the powerful effects of poor quality sleep on keds, doctors, drivers, and others.

The narration is completely excellent with good clarity, good pacing, and very good energy.

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  • Carlstedt Niclas
  • 16/10/2017

Good content. Good voice. Badly read.

I like the book, content and message. 5 stars.
I like the voice of the reader. 5 stars
However, there are unnatural pauses after every second or third word. This causes a very very incoherent listening experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31/07/2019

We don't sleep enough. We must. Here's how.

This book contains pretty much everything about sleep: its amazing benefits, our lack of it, what happens when we don't have enough sleep and how to fix it. Some takeaways:
- Dreams and sleep stretch our imagination, boost our IQ, memory, sex drive, physical capabilities and overall health.
- Sleep deprivation gives you cancer, in addition to a bunch of other diseases.
- Give yourself 7-9 hrs of opportunity to sleep every night
- You can't make up over the weekend for the sleep you didn't have over the week
- Your bedroom should be 1-2 degrees colder when you're about to sleep. Taking a shower before bed also helps.
- Take a short nap in the early afternoon if you can, like a siesta.
- Stop getting caffeine at least 8 hours before bed

The narration was very slow and sleep-inducing. I don't know if this was on purpose but it was a bit boring at times.

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  • A.H.
  • 01/08/2018

The title is misleading

Nevertheless it’s a great book about the importance of a good night sleep, an people should really know more about. I’d just have been more interested in the “why” as suggested by the title.

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  • Otto Ruthenberg
  • 26/11/2018

imperative listening for a full life

ignorance on sleep translates into a slow constant drain of your life. listen in for scientific and expert explanations. spoiler: get to sleep 8+ hours and u mite skip the book for a good novel. but all tortured souls - assiredly the great majority - better start an improved sleep regime.

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  • Shaq
  • 24/01/2020

Appendix (last 5 minutes) is the most valuable

All the book is about the justification (experiences, stories, experiments made and published in Papers) about why we should sleep 8h. But the recommendations about how to do it, how to sleep, are all summarized in the Appendix (only 5 minutes long).

And don't look for optimization. There is no trick on how to sleep like 8h in only 6 or anything like that. It's only the 5 minutes advice about how to properly sleep the 8 regular hours.

If you are in the academic industry, you are studying or studied a PhD, then maybe you find it very interesting.

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  • TheShaddow
  • 28/05/2019

Super Inhalt, teilweise langatmig

Der Sprecher war sehr angenehm und das Thema sehr interessant. Es werden viele interessante Aspekte besprochen, von denen ich auch einige für mich persönlich übernommen habe.
Allerdings hat der Autor viele Stellen meiner Meinung nach zu sehr ausgeschmückt, wodurch das Hörbuch stellenweise langweilig war, selbst wenn dder Inhalt interessant war, da gleiche oder ähnliche Aspekte zu oft durchgekaut wurden.
Vom generellen Inhalt jedoch ein sehr interessantes Buch, das ich in der heutigen, schnellen, schlaflosen Gesellschaft wärmstens empfehlen kann!!!

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  • Ingo Axton
  • 05/08/2020

Super book

Repetitive at times with regards as to how badly lack of sleep will hurt your health, but up to date and easy to understand!

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  • Sagichnicht
  • 16/07/2020

Wichtiger Inhalt, monotone Sprechweise

Sehr viele Informationen zum Thema Schlaf und warum er so wichtig ist. Leider hat der Sprecher eine sehr monotone Sprechweise, die mir irgendwann auf den Keks ging. Ich denke, ich werde mir das Buch auf deutsch zulegen um die vielen Informationen noch einmal gezielter nachlesen zu können.

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  • Rosa
  • 28/04/2020

Wow! I've learned so much!!

This book is really a life changer!
Everybody can learn from this book.
I always underestimated the importance of sleep. But not anymore!!! I'm so glad I've listened to this book :)
I highly recommend it!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 23/04/2020

A must read for everyone.

I love this book! The ideas described in this book helped me understanding the importance of sleep and also getting better sleep. This book is a must read for everyone, seriously. It will also help you.

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  • LadyGodiva
  • 02/04/2020

That Narrator!!!

Why We Sleep is very well witten. It’s interesting and packed with information based on latest sleep research.
The reader/listener not only gets scientific information but also some practical tips on how to increase sleep quantity and quality.

The only drawback is the narrator’s voice! It’s truly sleep inducing. That’s a pity, as dozing off makes me miss interesting information. And scrolling back to find the point I started to miss out is not easy, given the monotonous voice.
The chapters are quite long, too. Maybe they could have been divided into shorter sub-chapters.