Why We Sleep Review For #Careerlions
Not too long ago, I finished reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker on my Kindle. I mentioned the book earlier in my blog on the different kinds of sleep. I have distinguished the differences between REM and non-REM sleep and provided you with insights on why you need these different types of sleep to perform like a true #careerlion. Today, I will share with you my thoughts on the book Why We Sleep and some of my favorite insights from the book. Read on if you are interested to know more about Walker’s bestseller that is currently displayed at all the major bookshops.
Let’s start with a disclaimer: Don’t read this book if you want to be in denial about the risks of sacrificing your time asleep. We have all been there, prioritizing yet another Netflix movie or series above our sleep. Choosing our nighttime reading over “looking at the inside of our eyes” (a nice Dutch expression). However, be warned, upon reading this book your guilt will increase exponentially. Having more and more insights about the mental, physical, and societal costs involved with just that extra episode, for instance, will change your perspective forever.
While I was reading this book mostly before bed, I would not necessarily recommend this to those of you with problems falling asleep. This book for sure will worry you and is prone to give you nightmares about the detrimental effects of sleep deprivation. Basically, you will lose sleep over not getting enough sleep.
That said, this book is one of the most interesting books I have read in a while. It answers so many questions as to why you need to, want to, and should strive to sleep a sufficient number of hours a night. He answers questions we all have about sleep. This includes questions about the impact of caffeine, alcohol, and sleeping aids in our sleep. He also talks about our change in sleep patterns across or life cycle. More importantly the impact of sleep on our health, in relation to the big and scary diseases out there like cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Walker also taps into the impact of sleep in our work-lives. He also makes the comparison between the sleep of humans and other animals in such a vivid way.
I love how with this book, he is sharing his knowledge about sleep with us all in a very accessible way. He has a brilliant way of selling sleep like it is the biggest invention of all time:
Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory, makes you more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?
What I Have Learned From the Book
Some of my favorite facts from the book:
- Dolphins and whales don’t need any REM sleep. Even more remarkable, they can sleep with a half of the brain at a time. The other half of the brain staying awake to maintain life-necessary movements under water.
- In unfamiliar sleep environments, one half of your brain sleeps a little lighter as if it is standing guard perhaps. This is probably why many people’s sleep is affected the first nights in a hotel room.
- Your emotional-IQ is dependent on getting enough REM-sleep.
- “Under-slept employees are not only less productive, less motivated, less creative, less happy, and lazier, but they are also more unethical.”
- Sleeping less will make you fat. Unfortunately, it is not true that you burn more calories while being awake.
- Sleep is the key to both mental and physical performance. If you want to perform well in sports, get your sleeping game on as it accelerates physical recovery from common inflammation, stimulates muscle repair, and helps restock cellular energy in the form of glucose and glycogen.
Are you going to pick up a copy of Why We Sleep? And are you ready to prioritize sleep? How do you plan to do so? Share it with us!
Note: I received a copy of Why We Sleep via Netgalley.