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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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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. --Publisher's Weekly

"... a gripping account of why we sleep." ----Daily Mail

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David K. Randall, a reporter at the Associated Press, has also written for Forbes and The New York Times. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LYZTMQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We spend up to a third of our lives sleeping, and yet, unless we are not getting enough of it, and/or are experiencing a sleeping disorder of some kind, most of us hardly ever give our sleep a second thought (other than to rue over how much precious time it takes up). Science too largely neglected sleep for the longest time, treating it mainly as a static condition during which the brain was not doing much of anything interesting. However, ever since rapid eye movement (REM) was discovered in the 1950's the science of sleep has really taken off, and the discoveries that have come out of it go to show that this unconscious period is more interesting than we ever could have imagined. It is these discoveries that writer David K. Randall explores in his new book 'Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep'.

The book is split into 13 chapters, with each chapter (outside of the introduction and conclusion) exploring a separate topic in the world of sleep. In the book we learn about such basics as REM sleep and the 5 stage sleep cycle, as well as the benefits of sleep and the harmful effects of sleep deprivation. It turns out that sleep is instrumental in such things as muscle regeneration, long-term memory formation, skills acquisition, problem-solving, emotional control, and creativity. Dreaming, we find, plays an important role in many of these benefits, thus making it seem far less likely that Freud was correct in thinking that dreams are actually a manifestation of subconscious wish fulfillment.
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This book dives into various fields of sleep-research, with a lovely, personal touch from the writer. What does sleep have to do with soldiers, law, sports, better grades, relationships? There's one chapter for each topic and each of them are very precise, giving a great overview.
He writes in a very cool, understandable, entertaining way, and I wasn't bored for a second.
For every 20 pages I read, I just HAD to tell my roommate all of what I had just learned. And when I went to bed, I felt pretty good.
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I'm not done reading it but got some very useful information about how we sleep and why we sleep the way we sleep. How we used to sleep and so on and so on. So just a tons of information about sleeping. Just as I expected. The book is kinda well written. It's easy to read even for me who's not native English speaker got some funny stories and some random facts so worth a reading ;)
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Excellent read about sleep, how little we know about it, what we do know, recent studies in the area, and so forth
Insightful into why we need sleep, what is sleepwalking, jetlag and the need for so much sleep in adolescence.
What sleeping pills do and don't do.
Recommended
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Interesting book. It brings to the surface the importance of a subject that we understand so little about. I hope there will be a follow up, since there are subjects that were not explored, like sleep paralysis.
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Fascinating read....... explains a lot of the mysteries about sleeping and why we often feel tired and "out of step" with modern lifestyles which make no allowances for our natural sleep requirements.
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