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pavanred · 2018-12-05 · Original thread
I read this book "Why we sleep" by Matthew Walker [0], which digs into a lot of detail about sleep and what we understand about it. And, there are a bunch of things I learned that I have incorporated into my lifestyle now.

- Effect of coffee on sleep: I didn't particularly have problems with sleep but I have stopped drinking way too much coffee, specially late in the day, after understanding its effect on sleep suppression and the ill effects that causes.

- Importance of sleep: I try and get enough sleep and try to maintain a steady sleep cycle as much as I can.

- 2 hours of lost sleep is lot more than 2 hours of lost sleep(say by waking up early for a meeting): Sleep comprises of multiple REM and NREM cycles through the night, some cycles are heavier on REM while other heavier on NREM. And, both are very important and serve different functions. If you miss a couple of hours of sleep, its effect is lot more than just a couple of hours of lost sleep because you didn't get enough of either REM or NREM sleep. And, its not something you ever can get back.

- I used to think its something to be proud about, to be able to function without sleep or by skipping sleep etc. (specially when I was younger), now I think its just stupid :)

Apart from these, its a fascinatingly interesting read, I definitely recommend the book.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

crazygringo · 2018-12-05 · Original thread
I highly recommend the 2017 book "Why We Sleep" [1]. Written by a doctor, starting at page 335 he calls exactly for ensuring hospital patients can sleep, why this is so critical for recovery, and how many things in hospitals currently work against this. (The book covers so much ground, including other reforms like school time starts, why society doesn't value sleep because sleep-deprived people don't perceive their substandard performance, and so on.)

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

guiambros · 2018-11-17 · Original thread
"Why We Sleep", by Matthew Walker [1]. I've read a lot about sleep over the years, but I still found it fascinating and comprehensive.

I've mentioned the book on several other threads [2], so I'll avoid repeating here.

Along the same lines of expanding the ability of your body/mind, one that I'm currently reading is "What doesn't kill us" [3]. Pretty fascinating to think that we have a lot more control over our immune system than originally thought.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17606274

[3] https://www.amazon.com/What-Doesnt-Kill-Environmental-Condit...

crazygringo · 2018-10-27 · Original thread
In my experience and the research I've read, you've almost mentioned all the top relevant reasons: alcohol use, stress, and reduction in sleep (kid being born). It's unlikely to be age.

I'd highly recommend last year's "Why We Sleep" [1] for more info on memory performance and how it's impacted far more that you'd suspect by full (and quality) sleep, which is in turn impacted far more than you'd suspect by alcohol and stress (not to mention kids).

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

guiambros · 2018-09-15 · Original thread
"Why We Sleep", by Matthew Walker [1]. I've read a lot about sleep over the years, but I still found it fascinating and comprehensive.

I've mentioned the book on several other thread [2], so there's plenty of opinions there if you're interested in knowing more.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17606274

skadamat · 2018-07-29 · Original thread
Every single person here, if your serious about diving into the science of sleep, should read Matthew Walker's book: Why We Sleep: https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

His interview on Joe Rogan is a good summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwaWilO_Pig

He covers everything from why we sleep (obv), naps, melatonin, etc. I've just finished it and really enjoyed it.

rmcpherson · 2018-07-18 · Original thread
It does get better with age in that your circadian rhythm will shift as you get older. It's a crime that we force adolescents to wake up far earlier than they are biologically wired to just so their parents can get to their jobs. According to Matthew Walker (Berkeley professor and sleep researcher), waking up at 7 is equivalent to an adult waking up at 5. Highly recommend his book on sleep. It's incredible, the best non-fiction I've read in the last couple years. https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...
Styrke · 2018-06-12 · Original thread
I would recommend reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker instead. [0]

The Promise of Sleep is an okay book, but it is almost 20 years old now and it shows.

I have read both books and it is remarkable how much more we learned in the time between them.

[0]: https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

This was also discussed in a good book about sleep I read a few weeks ago: Why we sleep https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...
And if you want to learn more about why its important to sleep, you should read the book "why we sleep" https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501... which is where I found this list.
I am more than half way through the book "Why we sleep?" by Matthew Walker and it is not a surprise to me that misalignment of circadian rhythm with class schedules results in poor grades. The book goes into great detail on the importance of getting eight hours of sleep on a regular schedule. Getting less than eight hours of sleep is tied to every imaginable disease and poor memory. I highly recommend reading the book.

https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

dota_fanatic · 2018-03-23 · Original thread
~8.5 hours.

Most of my life I did the typical not getting enough sleep and then binging on the weekend, which doesn't work well at all. Since reading "Why We Sleep"[0] though, I've changed my lifestyle to prioritize getting quality sleep every single night. That book was pretty eye-opening in obliterating a lot of myths I believed about sleep and then teaching my how complex and important it is, indeed it is just as important as waking time if not more. The idea that time spent asleep is "wasted time" is now absurd to me, as so many bad things happen when you short sleep.

Since getting quality sleep regularly it's been like unlocking a superpower: retaining more information, better progress with strength training and skill-based hobbies, more solid emotional balance and way more motivation / inspiration at work.

Can't recommend that book enough.

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

krausejj · 2018-01-04 · Original thread
https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501... is a fantastic new book on the subject, if you're interested in going deeper
SuoDuanDao · 2018-01-01 · Original thread
Interesting. Have you found a difference in your sleep patterns since getting the treatment? One anecdote I've heard is that people on the spectrum have difficulty entering REM sleep[1]. Since REM sleep is partially initiated by eye movement, it makes sense that forehead and sinus shape could impact it.

[1]https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501...

spjwebster · 2017-12-29 · Original thread
I can highly recommend the book - Why We Sleep - mentioned at the top of the video. It goes into quite some depth on the reasons for and mechanics of sleep in a way I found approachable for someone with only a layman's understanding of chemistry:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501144316

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