Matthew Walker is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and sleep experts. He’s a professor at UC Berkeley (and former professor at Harvard) who has spent decades studying why we sleep and how to, as per the sub-title of this book, unlock the power of sleep and dreams.
As you know if you’ve been following along, I’m a HUGE advocate of Optimizing our sleep as a fundamental practice in Optimizing our lives. (See and our of Notes, +1s and Interviews on the subject for more.)
This book has made me EVEN MORE bullish about the power of sleep.
Before we go further, quick check in for those of you who may think you can get by on less than the recommended (7-9) hours of sleep: The odds that you fall into the bucket of people who can truly thrive on less sleep are incredibly low. “It is far, far more likely that you will be struck by lightning (the lifetime odds being 1 in 12,000) than being truly capable of surviving on insufficient sleep thanks to a rare gene.” (As Matthew says, round the odds down to the nearest whole integer and the odds of you being able to get away with less sleep are, effectively, ZERO. :)
The consequences of chronically depriving ourselves of the sleep we need? Well, they’re astonishingly devastating—dramatically increasing the odds of having everything from mood disorders to cancer (and everything else we don’t want).
This book is PACKED with Big Ideas, great science and witty storytelling. If you or anyone you know sleep (hah!), I think you’ll love it as much as I did. It’s a life-changing kinda book that I think falls into the must-read category if you’re serious about Optimizing. If you’re going to read just ONE book on sleep, this is it. (Get a copy .)
With that, let’s jump in and see what we can to help prioritize and Optimize your sleep TONIGHT!!!