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I asked my friend what to write about this week and she said, oh, daylight saving time! And I said “nooooooooo! … but also a good idea.” #BanDaylightSavingTime, but I also like to think about sleep, and I think a lot of people love to write about it. So let’s come to some books about sleep, fatigue of various kinds and dreams:

Nocturnal brain coverage

The nocturnal brain: nightmares, neuroscience and the secret world of sleep by Guy Leschziner

What if you can’t sleep The neurologist Leschziner studies people who have to do with insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, apnea and sleepwalking. Here he tells stories of cases such as the woman who sleepwalked dressed, got into her car and drove several kilometers. It also shows “the neurosciences behind our sleeping heads”. Stories + Science!

Black fatigue cover

Black Fatigue: How Racism Undermines Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters

This only came out last September! Black fatigue is defined here as “the intergenerational effects of systemic racism on the physical and mental health of blacks”. Winters shows how systemic racism affects every aspect of life, including business, education, work, and health. If you want to know what you can do about it, grab it.

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker book cover

Why We Sleep: Unleashing the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

So what’s wrong with sleeping? It makes you so vulnerable. Passed unconscious every several hours. But sleeping is great too. Why? Walker “explains how we can use sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase life expectancy.” also action items (I love an action item) how to improve your sleep. As someone who does this “postponement before bed” thing, I am extremely interested in these things.

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Burnout coverage

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle from Emily and Amelia Nagoski

Kim from For Real liked that! This focuses on how women experience stress burnout differently than men, why and what you can do to address it. I’m very interested in the answer to what can you do to complete the biological stress cycle – and get your body back into a state of relaxation. It’s probably not “watching arrested development over and over”. Or is it?

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