Chasing the Sun: How the Science of Sunlight Shapes Our Bodies and Minds

Written by:
Linda Geddes
Narrated by:
Linda Geddes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2019
6 hours 12 minutes
Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. Little wonder then that humans have long worshipped and revered our nearest star: life itself arose on earth because its relationship with the sun was a special one, and that relationship still affects us well into the era of electric lighting, indoor workdays, and vitamin D supplements. What are we losing when we sever this ancient biological tie to the sun by spending more and more time inside during the day and surrounded by screens at night?

Informed by cutting-edge scientific research and sparkling with memorable characters—from the modern druids who worship at Stonehenge each solstice to the Amish farmers who may have the right idea about healthy sleep patterns—Linda Geddes’s Chasing the Sun analyzes all aspects of our relationship to the sun. The fascinating stories, innovative science, and unique perspectives in this book make it clear that the ancients were right to put the sun at the center of our world and that it is crucial that we remember this bond as we shape our lives today.
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Wowza, great book! Easy listen. Super informative. Pretty much a must read wake up call for every teen, college student, and adult! Food for thought (and practical application for all humans) on paying attention to one's circadian/bio rhythm as related to sun/sleep in order to have a healthier/happier life--this includes medical procedures and pharmacutical dose times--and safety/productivity individually & societally. In other words, just because one can make their body do whatever and whenever they like in today's modern era does NOT mean that their body will respond well to it. With all the modern technology, ''our body remains teathered to the sun.'' The English author does an excellent job drawing the coorelation between sun/sleep and overall better human well-being (from early man through the 21st century's tech and 24/7 age). She backs up her delivery with lots of scientific studies as well as individual examples across the globe and centuries.

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Great book on how light plays are large role in sleep, mental and physical health. A must read for anyone with a sleep disorder.

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I really enjoyed this book. I also learned a lot.

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