Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 13, 2012 - Science - 304 pages
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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.
  

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The writing style was great, though, very easy to read. - Goodreads
The research was fun to read. - Goodreads
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User Review  - alexann - LibraryThing

A very readable account of sleep, dreams, and how science has changed the way we think about them. Sleep--we need it, but why? What actually happens to our bodies while we are sleeping? Much is still ... Read full review

Review: Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

User Review  - Harith - Goodreads

If you already did some previous reading (books or lengthy blog posts) on this topic (Why we sleep, how we sleep, why we dream, what happens to the body etc.), chances are that you won't learn a lot ... Read full review

Contents

Know What You Did Last Night
Light My Fire
Between the Sheets
And Baby Makes Three
What Dreams May Come
Sleep on
The Weapon Z
Bumps in the Night
Game Time
Breathe Easy
Counting Sheep
Mr Sandman
Good Night
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

David K. Randall is a senior reporter at Reuters and has also written for the New York Times, Forbes, and New York. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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