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Read this, and sleep and dream well
on 8 July 2014
Night School is an interesting account of sleep and dreams by the popular psychology writer and professor Richard Wiseman.
The book covers: what happens when you sleep, the effects of not sleeping, the secrets of those who sleep well, techniques for avoiding night terrors, napping and learning in sleep, what dreams are, what they might mean, and how to lucid dream.
Wiseman balances anecdotes with research and modern studies, and the book is written clearly, accessible yet still describing and exploring scientific concepts. There is a good mix of explanation, and helpful advice about sleeping, napping, and dreaming. Wiseman is knowledgeable and witty, which makes for a more engaging read.
My only reservation was that Wiseman seems to cover too much ground. For example, when discussing what sleep is and how to get better sleep, Wiseman sometimes repeats the same point or states the obvious instead of revealing more detail about the mechanisms or indeed even more tips about how to sleep better.
Notwithstanding this, I would recommend the book to anybody having issues with sleep since it does give some important and great advice, as well to anybody fascinated by the phenomena that (should) occupy one third of our lives.