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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep : Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep
An engrossing examination of the science behind the little-known world of sleep.Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleepmuch thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into ahallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep.
In Dreamland, Randall explores theresearch that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third ofour lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to childrens bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn't as simple as it seems.Why did the results of one sleep study change the bookmakers odds for certainMonday Night Football games? Do women sleep differently than men? And if youhappen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, does that count as murder?
This book is a tour of theoften odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on inthe peculiar world of sleep. Youll never look at your pillow the same wayagain.
"Randall has done a lot of good reporting, writes clearly and makes even the scientific aspects of his subject easily accessible... The result is an enjoyable, edifying book that goes down easy... The one thing Dreamland will not do-sorry, insomniacs-is put you to sleep. The topic and the treatment are both too interesting." - Newsday "A lively overview of recent research into sleep." - NPR's Fresh Air "The most diverting and consistently fascinating book on the topic ever... but you couldn't find a more charming guide to what we do know than Dreamland." - Salon.com "...Randall emphasizes the too-often neglected common-sense realization that sleep is no void; rather, it is perhaps one-third of the puzzle to living well. The author also notes that sleep is not an undifferentiated continuum; the most restful sleep arrives in five stages of about 90 minutes each. A welcome study of an element of life that is often "forgotten, overlooked, and postponed."" - Kirkus Reviews "A page-turner for the science-minded." - New York Post "Though he doesn't go into minute detail, Randall provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to a mystifying but necessary part of life." - Booklist "A thoroughly enjoyable overview of a familiar yet remarkably foreign terrain." - New York Times "Randall's wit and curiosity make him a comforting guide." - Boston Globe "Starred review. This fabulous book is likely to address any and all questions you might have about sleep.... There's plenty of practical information, like how to overcome insomnia without drugs, how to combat snoring, how to encourage young children to get to sleep and, perhaps most useful, how to bet successfully on professional football games: our circadian rhythms favor West Coast teams over East Coast teams on Monday nights. This is one book that will not put you to sleep." - Publishers Weekly "An accessible and well-researched guide to a fascinating subject." - New Scientist "'Small science' at its best, illuminating aspects of human biology and behavior that have powerful repercussions in our private and social lives." - Wall Street Journal
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W. W. Norton & Company
August 01, 2012
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