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Why We Sleep. An excellent program on the radio today.
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I was driving long-distance today and heard an EXCELLENT, casual, radio presentation by the author of Why We Sleep [link removed; Google book title or see this post about how to listen to the MP3 File]. This was on a non-profit channel, the author is a scientist at a non-profit academic institution, and recorded at a non-profit location, so I hope it's okay to cite.

It explores so many of the issues that are the background for why it's important to treat sleep apnea: of sleep needs to be optimal including the role of too little sleep and Alzheimer's as well as over-eating, the biochemical differences between REM and non-REM sleep, how the latter gets distributed through the night, what time to wake up, what exactly gets refreshed during a good night's sleep.

The presenter makes the science of sleep very understandable. His points are evidence-based and not at all superficial.

Great podcast for the car, IMO.

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I've been working my way through the book; it's very dense. Lots of good information. Unfortunately, everybody else wants to read it, too. So I end up waiting several weeks between chances to read it.

The full title is "Why we sleep : unlocking the power of sleep and dreams" and the author is Matthew P. Walker.
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Yes. This is a radio Q and A event with an excellent interviewer. Walker’s explanations are clear as a bell. If you found his book a bit dense but appreciate the content, I imagine you’d find the interview easier going. I’m going to have to listen a few times. Every moment had a gem.
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I am also in the middle of reading the book.  While I am enjoying it, the coverage of OSA is very limited.  Still, I highly recommend it and it is a very interesting overview of the research regarding sleep.
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I uploaded the MP3 to our SleepFiles.com server...

You can listen to the MP3 audio file here:

http://www.SleepFiles.com/why-we-sleep.mp3
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I put myself on wait list at our online library for the audio version of the book. Sometimes dense stuff is easier in an audio version. Seems popular, it will be a while till I get it.

Thanks for the tip.
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Yes, the coverage of apneas is limited, but every moment provides incentive on why we should be treating apneas. Healthy sleep is much more crucial to well-being than I could ever have believed.
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