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Mirkat Always Reading

I'm always reading something, usually multiple books at a time.

Why We Sleep

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker, Steve West

This is another book that everyone should read. It's that important. From memory formation to creativity, to mental, emotional, and physical health--adequate natural sleep is vital. Unfortunately, sleep is devalued by many, and chronic sleep deprivation is dangerously widespread.

Did you know that driving drowsy is even more dangerous than driving drunk? And if both conditions are present, the effects multiply one another.

Sleep deprivation prevents adults from performing to their potential at work; it prevents students from excelling in school. It can lead to symptoms that mimic psychosis, and in children, ADHD.

Medical residents forced to undersleep on a regular basis are liable to make serious medical errors and then get into accidents driving home. Patients in hospitals are subjected to conditions that make adequate sleep difficult at best, if not impossible--making them more susceptible to pain and slowing recovery. Newborns in NICU can be discharged an average of five days earlier if kept in dim lighting during the day and complete darkness at night.

Read this book. Get your friends, co-workers, bosses, friends, and kids to read it. If enough people read it, maybe a real societal shift can happen, where sleep is valued, prioritized, and protected.


[Completed 2/29/2020; forgot to adjust read dates and don't know how to go back and do that from here.]