Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
By Matthew Walker
Published in 2017, Matthew Walker’s “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” has been listed as one of the great books that every entrepreneur should read.
Enjoyed by Bill Gates himself, the Microsoft founder described the book as “fascinating and important”, and the book has taught him a lot about the basic activity that every person needs.
Matthew Walker, who is an English scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, dives into the importance of sleep in his New York Times bestseller novel. Though we all know that sleep is essential in order to function during our day to day activities, Matthew Walker states that the importance of sleep is not completely understood by everyone.
In his book, he highlights that sleep is important for the following reasons:
It improves your ability to learn, memorize and make logical decisions
It boosts your immune system, metabolism and appetite
Improves your mood, energy levels and regulates hormones
Dreams have an important function in inspiring your creativity
Prevents Cancer, Alzheimers, and Diabetes
It slows the effects of ageing
Among highlighting the importance of sleep, Matthew Walker also shares a few tips for a healthier sleep. He advises individuals to avoid caffeine and nicotine, alcoholic drinks and large meals before bed, exercising 2 to 3 hours before bedtime, and taking naps after 3p.m. He also advises to take warm baths before bed, to relax before bed, to have the right sunlight exposure, and most importantly, to stick to a sleep schedule.
Dive deeper into the importance of sleep with Matthew Walker by purchasing his book on Amazon.