Dreamland: 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 sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of... show more
An engrossing examination of the science behind the little-known world of sleep. Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep.In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children’s 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 certain Monday Night Football games? Do women sleep differently than men? And if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, does that count as murder?This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep. You’ll never look at your pillow the same way again. 10 illustrations
Publish date: August 13th 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 290
Edition language: English
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Bullet Reviews:I've always been fascinated with the brain and sleep so when I saw this book, I snapped it up. Unfortunately, I found most of the information dry or stuff I already knew, and what I was really interested in - the brain and dreams - was a small chunk, squeezed next to soldiers and athl...
I wanted Randall to say something beyond: sleep is super important. But the message he wanted to give was just that, nothing more, and he said it fairly well. This book was very basic introduction and intended to do little more than develop an appreciation for the role sleep plays in our lives as ...
I really liked some of this book, especially the chapter about dreams (which was most of the reason I picked this up in the first place) although parts of it were very boring. Ironically, this is a great book to read while falling asleep since parts of it make your mind wander, and reading about fa...
Aangezien ik de laatste tijd erg slecht slaap, dacht ik dat het geen kwaad kon om mezelf eens een beetje te verdiepen in het onderwerp. En in dit boek zitten genoeg feiten en weetjes om dan erg van pas te komen.In dit boek worden diverse onderwerpen behandeld, Zoals welk invloed Edison heeft gehad o...
You know how with those most important thing in life you take it for granted until it's gone? That's how I used to think about sleeping, which is not thinking about it at all. Back then I'd sleep early or late, wake up whenever I have to without a thought. Then, (ah.. the unavoidable significant mom...