Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker bedazzled me with its anecdotes, facts and statistics. I was enthralled; could my terrible sleep patterns really lead to Alzheimer’s, cancer or diabetes later in life? But as the book progressed, the same sentiments were repeated over and over, so, while I was technically moving through the book, I never really moved away from the argument presented in the first 20 or so pages. At 25% through the book, getting through every page felt like a marathon. It was because of this lack of development and draining nature that I decided to DNF the book after weeks of trying to force myself to read it.
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 5- the portion that I read was interesting, but the overall monotony of the book made it feel like a chore to read.
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep.
Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence.
I received an eArc of Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker in return for an honest review.