The Enchanted World of Sleep

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Yale University Press, 1998 - Medical - 270 pages
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Why do we sleep? How much sleep do we really need? What causes sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and insomnia--and what can be done about these sleep disorders? Why do older people have more trouble sleeping than young people? We have all puzzled over--or been plagued by--the mysteries of sleep. Now a leading researcher on sleep provides an engaging and informative introduction to the subject that answers many of our questions.

Peretz Lavie surveys the entire field of sleep research and sleep medicine--from the structure of sleep stages and the brain centers involved in sleep regulation to the reasons for and significance of dreams, the importance of sleep in maintaining good health, and the function of biological rhythms--interweaving facts with fascinating case histories, anecdotes, and personal reflections. We learn, for example, about:

*development of sleep patterns from infancy to adulthood and in the aged;

*the wide variety of sleep habits in animals;

*dreams of Holocaust survivors;

*sleep under the threat of Scud missile attacks;

*how melatonin influences sleep;

*the story of the "Acrobat's Leap" sleep-deprivation experiments in the Israeli army;

*how to treat insomnia;

*what to do with a baby who refuses to go to sleep;

and much more.

Originally published in Hebrew to great acclaim, this book will enlighten and entertain everyone interested in how and why we sleep.
 

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THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF SLEEP

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An entertaining albeit at times rather academic discussion of what research has uncovered about the nature of sleep and sleep disorders. Lavie, a sleep researcher and dean of the Faculty of Medicine ... Read full review

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User Review  - misterO - LibraryThing

Compared to a few other books on sleep and dreams I have read recently (I find the topic fascinating), this one covers a broader range of topics, such as biorythm and sleep disorder. It is good ... Read full review

Contents

Sleep and Death
1
Brain Waves
8
Nathaniel Kleitman
18
The Rhythm of Sleep
26
The Twentyfive Hour Day
35
From Sun Clocks to Biological Clocks
54
Creatures of the Brain
65
Alfred Maury and the Dream of the Guillotine
76
Sleep Centers
151
The First Steps
161
Treating Insomnia
174
The Physical and Medical Causes of Insomnia
184
Disorders in Sleep Timing
189
Children Who Refuse to Sleep
205
Excessive Sleepiness or In the Arms of Morpheus
216
Reversal of the Natural Order
234

Dreaming as a Separate Reality
89
Do Fish Dream?
98
The Need for Sleep
111
The Eccentricity of REM Sleep
129
Epilogue
243
References
247
Index
263
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