Night School: Wake up to the power of sleep Hardcover – Unabridged, 27 Mar 2014
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The life-changing new science of sleep and dreaming
From the Back Cover
It's time to get the best night's sleep of your life
Night School uncovers the truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how you can sleep like a baby and use those hours of apparently 'dead' time to change your waking life.
Based on exciting new peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world's largest archive of dream reports, Night School will teach you how to:
· Learn information and solve problems while you sleep
· Discover the secrets of the 'super-sleepers'
· Find out what your dreams really mean--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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I don’t feel this is a bad book but it doesn’t add much to the idea that sleep is good for you and at £20 it’s tough to justify the price.
It is also an interesting read and if you would like to understand the state of 'sleeping' this would be a good place to start.
Much of the book is devoted to trials carried out (both in the recent and the distant past) to try and understand what sleep is all about.
What is sleep? Is it at all important to get a decent nights sleep and if it is why? Is our time spent asleep just 'dead' time? Wiseman looks into these questions and more besides.
There are intriguing and quite fascinating parts when he talks about how your sleep can be a productive time when we can learn things and figure things out.
He discusses 'dreams as a therapist' letting us know that our dreams are often pointers to things that confuse, stress or just plain frighten us in our waking lives and if we pay attention to them they can help us recognise what steps we should be taking to ease the situations.
He also looks into nightmares and more importantly night terrors and tells us how to deal with them.
Some of the things I learnt were; we actually have about 5 dreams a nights starting with those that last a few minutes and building to those lasting up to 45 minutes. You only tend to remember the weird dreams. Regardless of your waking life 80% of dreams express negative emotions. Cheese does not give you bad dreams. Snacking on something carbohydrate is better for sending you off to sleep etc. Eight hours seems to be what we need for a decent nights sleep, under that or over that does not seem to be good for you according to studies. Those of us with broken sleep seem to be ok as long as we can get back to sleep.
If you are looking for answers to specific problems you will have noted some reviewers feel Wiseman has not gone into enough depth for them but this is still an informative, entertaining and interesting book.
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.
I also learned what isn't true - cheese doesn't make us dream, and there is no evidence that dreams can foretell the future. They can make you a better writer, painter or musician though
The author says that sleep science should be part of the national curriculum - after reading this excellent book I am inclined to agree with him
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting read with tips that can be applied easily and lots on underpinning research and theories. Recommended for good and not so good sleepers.Published 7 hours ago by Mrs Lorna Baldry
Yet another brilliant book from Prof Richard Wiseman lots of tips on how to get a good nights sleep!Published 6 months ago by Dr Grumpy
Nothing new (other then the last chapter; more on that in a moment) to really grab the attention. Much of the book was something of a drag as I longed for something that would... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Partick Potter
I reallh enjoyed this book. Very interesting and full of research based evidencePublished 9 months ago by A.A.
A good read though the author does however - whilst not totally off topic, a bit left field occasionally and it can become a bit of a chore to continue reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lulu
It all makes sence its interesting read, must of been I didn't put it down till I finishedPublished 11 months ago by MissPhilomenaLoughlin
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