Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 253 pages
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The acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman lends her keen eye and lively voice to this marvelous exploration of the human body. Taking us through a typical day, from the arousal of the senses in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams, Ackerman reveals the human form as we’ve never seen it: busy, cunning, and miraculous.
Advances in genetics and medical imaging have allowed us to peer more deeply inside ourselves than ever before, and one of the most amazing recent discoveries is that we are intensely rhythmic creatures. The human body is like a clock — actually an entire shop of clocks — measuring out the seconds, minutes, days, and seasons of life. Weaving pieces of her own life with that of Everyman, Ackerman shows the importance of synchronizing our actions with our biological rhythms — and how defying them can cause us real harm.
We learn the best time of day to drink a cocktail, take a nap, run a race, give a presentation, and take medication, along with a host of other curious facts, such as why you succumb to a cold and your spouse doesn’t, even though you’ve both been exposed to the same sick child.
Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting? That women have more nightmares than men? That tuna, sardines, and walnuts may ease depression?
At once entertaining and deeply practical, this fascinating book will make you think of your body in an entirely new way.
  

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Review: Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

User Review  - Mira - Goodreads

I enjoy the writing but already much of the research seems dated. Read full review

Review: Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

There wasn't really too much in this book that I didn't already know. However, I think that Ackerman laid everything out fairly well. I would have liked to see more detail about some somatic processes but for the run-of-the-mill science reader, this book does the job. Read full review

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Contents

AROUSAL
3
MAKING SENSE
16
WIT
27
THE TEETH OF NOON
43
POSTLUNCH
54
THE DOLDRUMS
73
STRUNG OUT
84
IN MOTION
98
BEWITCHED
135
NIGHT AIRS
145
SLEEP
157
HOUR OF THE WOLF
175
Acknowledgments
191
Notes
195
Index
237
Copyright

PARTY FACE
119

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About the author (2007)

Jennifer Ackerman is the author of Notes from the Shore and Chance in the House of Fate. The recipient of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and literature fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, she writes for National Geographic, the New York Times, and other publications.

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