Title: Why We Sleep – Unlocking the power of Sleep and Dreams
Author: Dr. Matt Walker
“Humans are not sleeping the way nature intended.”
Are you an early bird or a night crawler? It doesn’t matter. Why We Sleep is a book highly recommended for everyone. Neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker has flooded this book with stimulating and engaging facts about human sleep, wherein you would learn a lot even by reading just one section of the book.
When I read the first few pages, I was shocked to come across all the devastating consequences of getting less than 7 hours of sleep every night. I refused to believe them all and kept procrastinating reading any further. But now that I have made good progress by keeping an open mind, I found myself making illuminating discoveries about Sleep. There is no denying the importance of a good night’s sleep for obvious health reasons and more. But somehow in our fast chasing world, we are often inclined to go to bed at late hours, pulling all-nighters, and stealing away a few hours from our sleep time to tick off the increasing to-do lists.
It was particularly interesting how Walker explains the impact of modern life on sleeping patterns. For example, excessive light before sleeping, the wrong temperature of bedrooms, caffeine, alcohol, and alarm clocks are all factors that destroy natural sleeping patterns. Regularly sleeping eight hours a night is what makes us more productive. When sleep-deprived, we are more likely to pick less mentally demanding tasks. This is in addition to unhealthy societal attitudes towards getting a full night’s rest which result in sleep neglect. There are so many stigmas around sleeping, you’re seen as weak and lazy if you try to get the proper amount of sleep. Well, “It is time for us to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep, without embarrassment or the damaging stigma of laziness.” With compelling evidence, Walker encourages the reader to feel empowered to protect their sleep. I found this to be the most powerful feature of the book – it is relatable and persuasive to encourage people to prioritize their health and well being.
“It is time for us to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep, without embarrassment or the damaging stigma of laziness.”