The German sleep researcher Christian Benedict and Swedish health science journalist Minna Tunberger have written a popular-scientific book, in which they summarize the most recent and exciting discoveries about why we sleep.
In the first part of the book readers will learn more about sleep stages and their role for mental and physical health. The contribution of the biological clock to how well we sleep is discussed. The discovery of the biological clock was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 2017. The authors also present alarming evidence to suggest that features of our modern lifestyle, such as increased exposure to evening light and late eating patterns, compromise the ability of our biological clock to stay in sync with the rhythm of our 24/7 culture, with possible undesirable effects on sleep.
In the middle part of their book, Minna and Christian tells us more about how the interplay between the sleep stages deep sleep and dream sleep makes us smarter, happier, and more attractive, trustworthy, creative and insightful. They also present fascinating research suggesting that sleep contributes to the health of our brain, and therewith plays a crucial role in the prevention of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
In the last part of the book, the authors share exciting research indicating that a regular good night’s sleep is important for coping with infections, plays a role in activating the body’s own weapons against cancer, is crucial for a healthy body weight and composition, affects our body’s ability to break down food, and represents a period of the 24-h day where the heart and vessels can recover.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep is a brilliant book for those in our 24-hour online society who would like to know more about sleep, its relevance for health, performance, and how it can be influenced in both positive and negative direction by our wake behaviour.
Christian Benedict is an associate professor of neuroscience at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has published over 100 scientific research studies, and his research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, and CNN Health. Christian has received several prestigious awards for his research, including the Young Investigator Award from the German Sleep Society.
Minna Tunberger is a journalist and an author. She has been covering the subject of health for two decades for several news agenices and she has been editor in chief for many various health magazines.