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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

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John Sackville

13 Hours 32 Minutes

Penguin Books LTD

December 2017

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, read by John Sackville.

Includes a bonus PDF of graphs and diagrams.

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep.

Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
Now, in this audiobook, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.

'Vital ... a life-raft' Guardian
'A top sleep scientist argues that sleep is more important for our health than diet or exercise' The Times
'It had a powerful effect on me' Observer
'I urge you all to read this book' Times Higher Education

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    Sleeping mystery explored.The author has given details about sleep.

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  • Kat Suter

    'Why we sleep' is really, really well written and spoken. it is scientifically interesting and has really made me reduce my caffeine intake. it has made me really appreciate and recognise how important sleep is for our health and well-being. I completely recommend this book. the author is humble, funny and uses fantastic metaphors. The narrator is calming (but when talking about sleep, sometimes too calm!). loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book, I enjoyed every chapter.

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  • Alison B.

    one of the most fascinating reads I have had in years. I feel everyone should read this and will recommend it to my colleagues in education as well as my parent friends. the most simple but effective medicine out there.

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  • Julie M.

    Love it! I’ll most likely read it over and over at random chapters, as with a few other favourites I have in the bedside drawer! I want this info to be embedded in my subconscious, as humans we forget quickly and revert back to type. I for one!

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