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Sleep is something that affects us all, yet it is still one of the least understood aspects of our life and wellness. Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker, answers the most important questions about sleep. He provides scientific research on sleep to date to support his claims on how sleep affects our mental and physical health with. The book is broken into 16 digestible chapters that cover a range of topics, from the short- and long-term effects of sleep to what we can do to improve our sleep.

Walker, founder of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science, has been featured on numerous television shows for his work, including CBS 60 Minutes and Nova Science. You can purchase a physical copy of his book through Amazon or listen to it through audiobook for free. And if you’re still unsure if this book is worth your time, check out Bill Gate’s review on his blog GatesNotes. Just beware, it will put you to sleep.