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Why We Sleep | Matthew Walker PhD | PodNu Podcasts & Book Insights



In the winter of 2019, Bill Gates's book list recommended a book that delves deep into the critical topic of sleep, entitled "Why We Sleep." After this book was recommended by his daughters, Jennifer and John Doerr, Gates read the book and realized that his history of working all night, coupled with poor sleep habits, including rarely getting close to 8 hours of sleep, had done him great harm. After realizing the impacts of his relationship with sleep, he included the book on his recommended book list, hoping to help more people realize the importance of sleep.


"Why We Sleep" was named the 2020 Carl Sagan Science Prize winner, greatly enhancing author Matthew Walker's fame.


A British scientist, Matthew Walker graduated from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom with a Ph.D. in neurophysiology, later becoming a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Now, he is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and founder of the "Center for Human Sleep Science."


Matthew Walker's primary research interest lies in discussing the impact of sleep on human health and disease. The book summarizes the history of sleep research results and cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs in detail, explaining how sleep works, the downsides of sleep deprivation, the many beneficial functions of sleep and dreaming, and the surprising impact sleep has on personal empowerment for professionals.


After reading this book, you will experience a new and unexpected understanding of the issues caused by poor sleep—and they go far beyond being tired during the day. Instead, the long-term effects can include mental retardation, physical disease, mental disorders, character defects, and potentially life-threatening impacts.


Our physical health, mental health, emotional intelligence quotient, memory, exercise, learning, productivity, creativity, attractiveness, and even appetite—the many characteristics that enrich our daytime life—are inextricably connected to the amount and quality of our sleep. It is truly an inseparable relationship...


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