Chasing the Sun The New Science of Sunlight and How It Shapes Our Bodies and Minds - Wellcome Collection

Hardback (10 Jan 2019) | English

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Synopsis

'A sparkling and illuminating study, one of those rare books that could genuinely improve your life' James McConnachie, Sunday Times Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped the sun. And with good reason. Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime - even before we were born - may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes. Bursting with cutting-edge science and eye-opening advice, Chasing the Sun explores the extraordinary significance of sunlight. - from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs, and from the unexpected health benefits of sun exposure to what the Amish know about sleep that the rest of us don't. As more of us move into light-polluted cities, spending our days in dim offices and our evenings watching brightly lit screens, we are in danger of losing something vital: our connection to the star that gave us life. It's a loss that could have far-reaching consequences that we're only just beginning to grasp.

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Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection publishes books that explore health, medicine and the complexities of the human condition, from bestselling narrative non-fiction such as Forensics by Val McDermid, to award-winning illustrated titles such as The Sick Rose. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.

Book information

ISBN: 9781781258323
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pub date:
DEWEY: 551.5271
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 426g
Height: 145mm
Width: 225mm
Spine width: 28mm