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Matthew Walker

The Big Sleep: Neuroscience Gone Rogue

“A neuroscientist has found a revolutionary way of being cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier and of warding off cancer,” The Guardian wrote in the header of its review of Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker's international bestseller. What that revolutionary technology might be exactly? “A good night’s shut-eye.”

The headline is tongue-in-cheek, of course, which also ties in with Walker’s writing style. But it also serves as a wake-up call. After all, how much more difficult can we make it for ourselves? All the state-of-the-art knowledge and technologies notwithstanding, the greatest panacea for slowing down the deterioration of body and mind is simply ... enough sleep. As if deep down we don't all know that. And feel it.