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
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As for the last chapter - I think this is what the author was really interested in as it covers his own work including an app that does all sorts of marvellous stuff (apparently). Interesting (not!) that he drops his (cynical) objective approach used in most of the rest of the book.
Very disappointing. A yawn.
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.
The chapters are arranged in the format of "lessons", with a "exams" thrown in, to help one imprint what has been read earlier all the better onto one's memory. However, it is not a standard textbook, by any means. Wiseman balances witty anecdote well with scientific research. It is rather like watching an interesting TV documentary, entertaining, as well as informative.
Wiseman helps the reader discover their own sleep patterns and advises on how best to get a good night sleep, how long for and offers tips on how to beat insomnia, sleep walking and night terrors.
I note Wiseman adopts a friendly tone with the reader, without becoming over familiar. This seems to be the trend for modern non-fiction "factual" texts. However, care needs to be taken. The first chapters I went to on receiving the book wasn't Chapter One - (a beauty about this book is that you can dive and out of whatever parts interest you) - but were the chapters to do with "Sleep Walking & Night Terrors" and "Sleep Sanctuary", about dreams and the gift of prophesy. It was reassuring to discover that Wiseman's own interest in sleep had been aroused because he himself had experienced night terrors. However, his chummy tone of gentle mockery of the experiments into dream projection from one person to another and the sex-obsessed theories of Freud made me wonder whether an author should reveal his scepticism quite so openly, even though some of his comments are very funny indeed. I am not sure the modern tendency of authors inserting their own witticisms into their observations will not turn at some point into a pet aversion of mine in the future, when yet another author uses the same technique.
Very interesting book. I have no hesitation in recommending it as an absorbing read.
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