Author Topic: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker  (Read 1633 times)

Liberty

  • Lifetime Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10442
  • twitter.com/libertyRPF
    • twitter.com/libertyRPF
Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« on: October 22, 2018, 10:49:37 AM »
https://www.amazon.ca/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501144316

I'm 50% through the audiobook of 'Why We Sleep' (Matthew Walker, director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep & Neuroimaging Lab). It makes a pretty convincing case for the multi-faceted powers of sleep. I came in thinking it was *really* important, but it's even more important than that. Huge demonstrated effects on physical performance, mental performance, health & diseases of aging, mood/happiness, memory, etc.

Kind of obvious when said like that, but as I said, I also would've said this was all obvious, but it's more matter of degrees than anything else, and learning about the science has recalibrated my views and - hopefully - it helps me make sleep a higher priority in my life.
"Most haystacks don't even have a needle." |  I'm on Twitter  | Interesting podcast on aging research


Cigarbutt

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1285
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 11:43:46 AM »
The value of rest appears to be underestimated.
On a related note, in sports science, you may appreciate the concept of supercompensation that can only happen after an adequate amount of rest, regeneration and recovery.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercompensation
http://skitrax.com/supercompensation-what-is-it-good-for/

The best time for a competition or an investment decision is after a good night's sleep.
In the building on previous work domain, I think Newton called this phenomenon standing on the shoulders of Giants.

rawraw

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 61
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 01:43:07 PM »
My life revolves around sleep. No artificial lights, no alarm clocks, weighted blankets, you name it I've tried it.   When I had a Nest thermostat, I even varied the temperature through the night to maximize the temperature effect on the sleep cycle. I haven't used an alarm clock in five years but wake up between 3 AM to 5 AM every morning perfectly rested.

And Matthew Walker's interview with Joe Rogan made me scared I wasn't sleeping enough - and I get a full night's sleep every night!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwaWilO_Pig

Liberty

  • Lifetime Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10442
  • twitter.com/libertyRPF
    • twitter.com/libertyRPF
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2018, 06:45:02 AM »
My life revolves around sleep. No artificial lights, no alarm clocks, weighted blankets, you name it I've tried it.   When I had a Nest thermostat, I even varied the temperature through the night to maximize the temperature effect on the sleep cycle. I haven't used an alarm clock in five years but wake up between 3 AM to 5 AM every morning perfectly rested.

And Matthew Walker's interview with Joe Rogan made me scared I wasn't sleeping enough - and I get a full night's sleep every night!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwaWilO_Pig

At what time do you usually fall asleep?
"Most haystacks don't even have a needle." |  I'm on Twitter  | Interesting podcast on aging research

DCG

  • Lifetime Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1559
    • Venture Blend
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2018, 06:49:45 AM »
With 3 kids ranging from 1-7, sleep is at a premium in my house.

pbi

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 3
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 12:11:31 AM »
I finished this one recently as well.

Adapting your lifestyle to suit your particular chronotype rather than the other way around certainly seems to pay dividends. You're likely to make better decisions, maintain better health and reduce the risk of degenerative disease later in life. Also some very interesting info on how your ability to retain information is affected by your REM and NREM sleep patterns.




Liberty

  • Lifetime Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10442
  • twitter.com/libertyRPF
    • twitter.com/libertyRPF
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 06:45:22 AM »
Yeah. I've been learning from multiple sources in recent years the importance of the immune system when it comes to cancer, and the impact of sleep on the immune system certainly should be taken seriously in that light.
"Most haystacks don't even have a needle." |  I'm on Twitter  | Interesting podcast on aging research

boilermaker75

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1046
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2018, 07:05:56 AM »
I finished this one recently as well.

Adapting your lifestyle to suit your particular chronotype rather than the other way around certainly seems to pay dividends. You're likely to make better decisions, maintain better health and reduce the risk of degenerative disease later in life. Also some very interesting info on how your ability to retain information is affected by your REM and NREM sleep patterns.

Not only how well you remember, but how well you comprehend.

Scullin, M., McDaniel, M., Howard, D., & Kudelka, C. (2011, June). Sleep and testing promote conceptual learning of classroom materials. Presented at the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, Minneapolis, MN.

Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen, et. al., “Human relational memory requires time
and sleep,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007.

Ulrich Wagner, Steffen Gais, Hide Haider, Rolf Verleger, & Jan Born, “Sleep Inspires Insight, Nature volume 427, 352-355, Jan 22, 2004.

Mednick, Nakayama, and Stickgold, “Sleep-dependent learning: a nap is as
good as a night,” Nature Neuroscience, 2003

At the 5:40 point in this video the role of sleep on learning is discussed,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j57Z98m_16E

Liberty

  • Lifetime Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10442
  • twitter.com/libertyRPF
    • twitter.com/libertyRPF
"Most haystacks don't even have a needle." |  I'm on Twitter  | Interesting podcast on aging research

Liberty

  • Lifetime Member
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10442
  • twitter.com/libertyRPF
    • twitter.com/libertyRPF
Re: Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2018, 06:45:52 AM »
I've finished it. Glad I read it. Maybe a bit overlong (like most non-fiction books), but important-enough stuff to make it worth reading.

As I said earlier, I already thought sleep was very important, but I was under-estimating it a lot... And now notice a lot more of the crazy things that our society does that are extremely counter-productive (financially, health-wise, etc).
"Most haystacks don't even have a needle." |  I'm on Twitter  | Interesting podcast on aging research