Book Review: The Big Book of sleep (Matthew Walker)

Book Review: Das Grosse Buch vom Schlaf (Matthew Walker)

What if there was a single thing that is not only stupid, thick, to like you Unfortunately, poorer and sicker makes but also increases your chances of getting cancer and Alzheimer's from bad sex or a fatal car accident to die? Probably you would want to avoid this thing. And it works! Because of this nasty-rounder for most of us probably an old acquaintance: poor sleep


The claims to be Matthew Walker in his great book from sleep (English title: "Why We Sleep"). Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he heads the "Center for Human Sleep Science". A man who dedicated his academic career researching our sleep - he therefore should know what he is writing


Walker has been trying to write this book is a standard work quotable in the academic context, that is "scientifically watertight" is. That's it only partially succeeded. Some of the most spectacular claims do not stand up to closer examination, and so there is next to a lot of praise also the one or other critical voice .

The message is but no less important: We sleep too little - and that can have serious consequences. Ever Walker seems very careful of too little sleep to lead us the negative consequences of possible drastic way. And maybe one or the other inaccuracy can be forgiven so as well.

But first things first - let's look first at what we all blossoms, if we take it not as accurate with sleep ...

The Big Book from sleep

  1. consequences of too little or poor sleep code
  2. sleep - the underestimated Superpower
  3. you sleeping enough?
  4. should As we sleep code
  5. sleep in the course of life
  6. Do we really ever sleep tuition?
  7. What about sleeping pills?
  8. What dreams
  9. The night therapy session
  10. The future of sleep code
  11. Bonus: 12 tips on sleep hygiene code

    consequences of too little sleep or poor

    At the beginning it comes right down to business and to bring in one of the central assertions into play: The shorter the sleep, the shorter the life span Uff - because you have to nibble first.. But do not worry, we have a lightweight all-clear. Because as spectacular this assertion is, however much it has been criticized by experts. On the one hand, one would think that with such an assertion a good source is quoted. One is looking for at this point but to no avail.

    On the other hand, a look in the literature: Yes, who gets regularly at night less than seven hours of sleep, has a slightly higher risk of dying early. But who is more than seven hours of sleep also . And - so not apparent from Walker's text - the risk of a premature departure increases with more sleep at faster than less! "The Encyclopedia of Sleep", frequently quoted by Walker himself, said: "The widespread expectation that short sleep short-lived and long sleep correlated with higher durability, is not supported by the existing literature." Hm.

    plain language: The simple equation less sleep = less life time (and vice versa) is so not. Rather, there seems to be an optimum for the duration of nocturnal sleep. And that is all people seven hours for the overwhelming majority. deviate from it can (in either direction!) have negative consequences for our health.

    Ok, but what is actually so bad it less than six hours sleep?

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