SYNOPSIS: Why We Sleep
The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
More than exercise, diet and wealth, science has shown that sleep is the most important factor to our physical and mental wellbeing.
In the first book of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge sleep science.
From what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change as we grow older, Why We Sleep is the wake-up call we need: transforming our appreciation of the vital role of sleep in all aspects of our lives.
- An afternoon nap increases the brain’s learning capacity by 15-20%
- Sleep improves your memory, halting forgetting by 30-50%, relative to staying awake
- Not getting enough sleep increases sweet and salty cravings by 30-40%
- Sleep offers a three-fold bost in creativity and problem solving
- A good night’s sleep improves time to physical exhaustion when exercising by 10-30%