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In the following two chapters we will learn precisely why and how sleep loss inflicts such devastating effects on the brain linking it to numerous neurological and psychiatric conditions eg alzheimers disease anxiety depression bipolar disorder suicide stroke and chronic pain and on every physiological system of the body further contributing to countless disorders and disease . Why we sleep summary chapter 4 interesting facts about sleep sleep in animals sleep is present in all animal species even invertebrates and bacteria that survive for longer than 24 hours have circadian like rhythms as weve said before this suggests that its universally critical for survival we ask all the time why we sleep. Introduction matthew walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the university of california berkeley where he also leads the center for human sleep science his book why we sleep was published in september 2017part survey of sleep research part self help book it was praised by the new york times the guardian and many others. Leading scientific expert professor matthew walk reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep and why its so important if anything is going to scare me into taking my sleep more seriously it would be this book i cant even begin to detail all the amazing yet terrifying facts i learned while listening to why we sleep. Check out this great listen on audiblecom why we sleep unlocking the power of sleep and dreams by matthew walker explores the importance of sleep in human health and development many popular misconceptions have led people to undervalue healthy consistent sleep and societal pressures lead peo