Your Body Clock and Its Essential Roles in Good Health and Sleep
by Russell Foster
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Pub Date 30 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2022
A fascinating journey through our circadian rhythms, sleep, and health, by a world-leading expert on circadian neuroscience
The routines of our modern lives—home working, night shifts, technology—are playing havoc with our body clocks, sleep patterns, and health. Packed with cutting edge science, this book by award-winning scientist Russell Foster takes the reader on a journey through our days and nights, and explains how we can get back into rhythm and live healthier, sharper lives.
In the past few decades, there has been an explosion of discoveries around the science of the body clock and our twenty-four-hour biological cycles. Sleep and daily rhythms emerge from our genetics, physiology, behavior, and the environment. Like most of our behaviors, they are not fixed. These rhythms are modified by our actions, how we interact with the environment, and how we progress from birth to old age.
Cutting through long-standing myths, Foster empowers readers by providing concrete information and guidance that can be used to understand what makes the body clock “tick.”
Russell Foster is professor of Circadian Neuroscience, director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), and head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford. An acclaimed scientist, Foster has been elected to the Royal Society.
“Respecting our natural bodily rhythms really, really matters. . . . This is an exemplary popular science book in many ways. It is readable. Full of surprising and useful facts. Rigorously evidence-based (there are no fewer than 921 references, all safely corralled at the back). Unlike many science books with similar subtitles, it really might ‘revolutionise’ your life.”—James McConnachie, The Times (London)
“A comprehensive manifesto for living in harmony with our body clocks, penned by someone who has devoted his career to studying them.”―Financial Times
“Life Time should certainly be mandatory reading for night-shift workers, but its messages are so universal that it would be hard not to gain some sleep smarts from its pages, whoever you are.”—Alex Wilkins, New Scientist
“Almost all of us would benefit from this revelatory guide by a world-leading expert on circadian neuroscience.”—The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice
“A superlative guide to some of the most intriguing questions of human existence.”—Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything
“This book has the answers to everything you’ve ever wondered about your natural rhythms, from sleep to eating to exercise. Excellent, engaging and evidence-based, it’s a brilliant guide to an aspect of our health we don’t think about enough.”—Claudia Hammond, author of The Art of Rest
“Strongly recommended. You will sleep more deeply, be awake more fully, and live much more harmoniously with Russell Foster’s help.”—Anthony Seldon, author of The Impossible Office?: The History of the British Prime Minister
“Life Time not only communicates but also translates the science of body clocks and sleep: using the insights and advice in this book, readers may improve health, happiness and wellbeing in our 24/7 society.”—Thomas C. Erren, MD, University of Cologne