Book Review: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Book Review – Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

One of my 2023 goals was to read more books. I’ve recently rediscovered a love of fiction but I must say that the appeal of non-fiction books has not waned over the year! I recently read Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker and found it to be really interesting.


Embracing Restorative Sleep: A Key to Holistic Wellness

In the ever-evolving rhythm of life, where the demands of work and family often overshadow our personal health, the significance of restful sleep remains paramount. In the clinic, we recognise sleep not just as a basic necessity, but as a fundamental pillar of holistic health. In this context, Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker serves as a vital resource, offering insights into the transformative power of sleep on our mental and physical well-being.

Matthew Walker, a distinguished expert in sleep science, invites us on an enlightening journey into the heart of sleep’s healing properties. His compelling narrative unveils the intricate stages of sleep and how they contribute to our mental rejuvenation and physical recovery. It’s akin to exploring a hidden realm within ourselves, where restoration and healing occur.


The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Mental Health

Consider the familiar scenario of a restless night followed by a day marred by fatigue and irritability. Walker’s book delves into the adverse effects of compromised sleep on our mental state. Inadequate sleep impairs cognitive functions, stifles creativity, and hinders emotional regulation. More alarmingly, persistent sleep deprivation heightens the risk of mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Walker’s research provides a compelling argument for reevaluating our sleep habits.


Integrating Acupuncture for Enhanced Sleep and Mental Health

While Why We Sleep offers practical advice on improving sleep, such as cultivating a peaceful sleep environment and maintaining a consistent sleep routine, it overlooks one critical element—acupuncture! In the clinic, we emphasize the synergy between quality sleep and acupuncture in nurturing mental wellness. Acupuncture is a proven technique to foster deeper, more restorative sleep, complementing the strategies discussed in Walker’s book.

Imagine waking each morning feeling invigorated and mentally prepared for the day’s challenges. Envision a sense of calm and resilience that permeates your being. These are the benefits of a sound sleep, which Walker’s book eloquently elucidates. As advocates of holistic health, we align with the book’s ethos, underscoring the interconnection between sound sleep and overall well-being. Let us honour our nightly rest, unlock the restorative power of sleep, and embark on a path to comprehensive wellness—one peaceful night at a time.


If you’d like to find out more about how acupuncture can help improve your sleep, and help with stress and anxiety, feel free to contact me at the clinic on 03 8774 5588 or at Alternatively, you can book an acupuncture appointment online.