Book Cover - Book Review: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

If like me, you regularly fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep, I advice you to not wait any longer to read this book.

As the author underlines, two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations face the same problem. Nothing really surprising with our modern lifestyle, but the shorter we sleep, the shorter our life span, and consequences are countless (risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, feeling hungry, difficulty of learning, etc.).

The author is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Berkeley, a worldwide expert on the subject, sometimes sleep consultant for companies such as Pixar or Google. To support his argument, he relates the surprising discoveries over the past twenty years with always the same end: “Sleep is the most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day.”

The book is organized around four parts. Part 1 demystifies classic sleep myths. Part 2 explores the perils of sleep loss. Part 3 focuses on our dreams. Part 4 analysis sleep disorders including insomnia.

Even if it is clearly not the best written nonfiction book, I particularly enjoyed reading Why We Sleep. It contains a wealth of valuable information. The author really take the time to describe in details numerous research experiences. It answered all the questions I had, but also brought me many more answers. You may suspect that sleep is so crucial for our well-being, you will be surprised by how much it is, at every stage of our life. Whatever your age —student, parent, retired person— this book will benefit you. Why We Sleep is the only book that make its author happy if you felt asleep while reading it.

About the author

Julien Sobczak works as a software developer for Scaleway, a French cloud provider. He is a passionate reader who likes to see the world differently to measure the extent of his ignorance. His main areas of interest are productivity (doing less and better), human potential, and everything that contributes in being a better person (including a better dad and a better developer).

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