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

Happy Book Birthday to Why We Sleep!

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

I’m always looking to learn more about my sleep patterns and how I can improve them, since I spent a good chunk of my life unable to sleep. This book has a lot of information, but a lot of what’s there is the common sense kind of stuff your mom probably told you about when you were a kid, but you ignored cause you thought you knew how to sleep without her. So all that common sense is in there mixed in with research and graphs that can actually tell you why what your mom said was true.

He talks about sleep from every angle under the sun. Walker goes over various animals’ sleep patterns, comparing them to humans and hoping that one day we might understand how they can sleep so much more effectively, in some ways, than can we. He speaks of sleep for babies, both when they are in the womb and when they come out. It’s great to have such a comprehensive and accessible account of sleep.

On the one hand, it’s great to learn that everything is connected and that sleep impacts our day so much, because most of the time I’m fortunate to get a good night’s sleep. However, I’m left wondering if I can ever truly catch up on sleep from years spent getting less sleep than I need. I’m definitely thinking more about how I can help my body simply by getting a good night’s sleep each night. I think, after reading this book, Walker would say no, but that I should do my best keep on a good sleep schedule from now on.

I didn’t like that most of the book was written in second person, as though Walker is preaching to me for my bad sleeping habits. However, it does give the book more of a conversational tone, which may be the author’s attempt to get away from a textbook feel. In that regard, he succeeds. Walker’s book may be jam packed with information, but I did not find it boring or difficult to read; only at time a dense with new info to the point that I needed to take a break to process all that I had learned. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone – we all sleep! Give it a try, even just a couple of chapters from your local library, and I’ll bet you’ll learn something new.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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