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This is one of my favourite books of all time, I have always known about the importance of sleep, but after reading this book, I started to take sleep really serious, making it the engine of my "productivity machine"

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Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep

by Matthew Walker

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It all comes from the notion of circadian rhythm, which is simply your 24-hour rhythm. If we make it change constantly, by waking up at a different hour everyday of most of the days, it will not be able for our body to regulate our energy-levels.

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  • It made me more aware of the importance of sleep
  • It made me realize how our society is priving us from enjoying better performance
  • It made me change my habits, now 7-9h of sleep for me are a must

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  1. In order to have a better performance and better health, we should sleep 7-9 hours
  2. Sleep is our superpower
  3. If we prioritise sleep over work hours, our work hours could be more productive

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I think everyone should read it, it is definitely directed to everyone, since all of us has to conmute to bed every single day. Maybe, it is a great way to introduce yourself to health-related topics, the way the author explains the topic makes it accesible to all of us.

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  • It boosts memory retention
  • It helps preventing plenty of diseases
  • It improves athletic performance

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There are two main reasons we go to sleep:

  • Circadian rhythm: Every living creature on the planet has some sort of sleep-wake cycle
  • Sleep pressure: Every second you’re awake, a chemical called adenosine is compiling up in your brain. The concentration of this substance is increasing your desire to sleep

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Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep

by Matthew Walker

Early theories about dreaming

Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung put forth some of the most well-known theories of dreaming.

  • Freud's theory was that dreaming allows us to sort through unresolved and repressed wishes.
  • Carl Jung also believed dreams had psychological importance but differed about their meaning.

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The Science Behind Dreaming

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....sleep next to their smartphones. 

It makes it much harder to go back to sleep,  since the blue light emitted acts as a stimulant. 

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Here's Arianna Huffington's Recipe For A Great Night Of Sleep

fastcompany.com