Why We Sleep – #Introduction

Book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker on a table next to a pencil

Do you have any new year’s resolutions for 2021? I definitely want to sleep more! I am the mom of a one year old and I have a lot of sleep to catch up on, make up for all those hours of sleep I missed during my baby’s first year (if that is even possible?!).

Does this sound familiar to you? Maybe you are also lacking some good night’s sleep for totally different reasons or you are simply curious to learn more about sleep in general?

Well, I might have something for you: I recently read the book „Why We Sleep“ by Matthew Walker and was surprised by how many things there are to know about sleep that I simply didn’t know of. However you are doing sleepwise and whatever the reasons for your interest in the topic, I highly recommend Walker’s book!! He considers sleep as one of our basic needs (I guess we can easily agree on that) amongst others such as nutrition and health. However, it seems like society doesn’t really pay attention to sleep even though getting enough sleep could improve our overall well-being enormously.

If that sounds good to you, but you are really not the reading person, I can totally recommend getting an audio version of the book. Personally, I love listening to audiobooks and it gives me the opportunity to „read“ way more than I used to because listening to books – as opposed to reading them – is possible while being outside, in the car or doing housework.

If you don’t find the time to neither read nor listen to „Why We Sleep“ but would love to learn about the book’s content, I welcome you to check out my blog every now and then. I intend to pick up on some of the topics Walker is talking about in his book right here over the course of the following weeks. In doing so, I want to talk about baby’s sleep, requirements for good sleep, what happens if we don’t sleep, sleeping medication, and we will see what else comes across my way while rereading bits and pieces of the book.

Last but not least, it should go without saying (but just to be sure) that I do NOT take any credit for the content Walker published in his book. I am merely SUMMARIZING some of his findings that I consider well worth spreading.

That should be it for now. Let me finish with one little teaser that Walker considers most important when it comes to improving our sleep:

Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.

Well then, sleep tight and see you around :). ++

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