Sleep and Vigilance

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 93–94 | Cite as

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker, Ph.D.

Scriber, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. New York, USA, 2017, 368 Pages
  • Seithikurippu R. Pandi-PerumalEmail author
Book Review

Sleep is pivotal for human health, well-being and longevity. Sleep is often considered as a powerful elixir of wellness and vitality. Insufficient sleep, on the contrary, has devastating consequences. It causes a host of illnesses, compromises health and safety, productivity and quality of life. Sleep loss has become an epidemic problem and results in personal, familial, societal and public health concerns. Open image in new window

The author of this book, Matthew Walker, Ph.D., is a notable sleep expert who is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley, and the Director of its Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab. He was a former professor of psychiatry at the Harvard University. He has completed his Ph.D. in neurophysiology, supported by a fellowship from Medical Research Council (MRC), London.

In this book, Dr. Walker stresses the importance of reclaiming our rights to a full night of sleep without embarrassment, or the stigma of laziness. The book ‘Why We Sleep’ refers to the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Somnogen Canada IncTorontoCanada

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