Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

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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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Strange 2012 Science
Re-Comprehend Sleep
Tags: natural selection, RNAs are organisms, whywesleep
Re-Comprehend Sleep
Genes are life’s primal organisms, evolved from RNA nucleotides by the ubiquitous natural selection. Originally they were active ONLY during daylight time, at the pre bio-metabolism era.
Thus sleep is innate for all organisms, including for the genomes, which are the template organisms evolved by the RNAs for their own survival activities, as all life evolves for the purpose of supporting the RNAs survival.
The most essential energy requirements for organisms is for the daily housecleaning of their neural system centers. As bio-metabolism evolved it furnished indirect energy for this purpose, enabling adaptable flexible sleep times for the organisms.
Learn and re-comprehend sleep…
Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
5. Natural Selection is a trait of organisms, life?
No. Natural selection is ubiquitous for ALL mass formats, all spin arrays. It derives from the expansion of the universe. All mass formats, regardless of size and type, from black holes to the smallest particles, strive to increase their constrained energy in attempt to postpone their own reconversion to energy, to the energy that fuels cosmic expansion.
6. Life is an enigma?
Life is just another type of mass array, a self-replicating mass array. Earth life is a replicating RNAs mass. It has always been and still is an RNA world. ALL Earth’s organisms are evolved RNAs, evolved for maintaining-enhancing Earth’s biosphere, for prolonging RNAs survival.
7. Cells are Earth-life’s primal organisms?
NO. Earth’s life day one was the day on which RNA began replicating. RNAs, genes, are ORGANISMS. And so are their evolved templates, (RNA and DNA) genomes, ORGANISMS, as evidenced by life’s chirality and by life’s sleep.
8. Circadian Schmircadian sleep origin?
Sleep is inherent for life via the RNAs, the primal Earth ORGANISMS originated and originally active only under direct sunlight, in their pre-biometabolism genesis era.
9. Epigenetics are heritable gene functions changes not involving changes in DNA sequence?
The “heritable or enduring changes” are epiDNAtics, not epigenetics. Alternative splicing is not epigenetics, even if/when not involving alteration of the DNA sequence. Earth life is an RNA world.
10.Genetics drive biology and culture modifications?
NO. It is culture that modifies genetics, not genetics that modifies culture. Culture modifies genetics simply via the evolutionary natural selection process of the RNA ORGANISMS. Likewise many natural genetic changes are due to aging and/or circumstantial effects on the genes and/or genomes ORGANISMS, similar to aging and/or evolutionary processes in monocell communities or in multicelled organisms.
Dov Henis (Comments From 22nd Century)
Seed of Human-Chimp Genomes Diversity
Universe-Energy-Mass-Life Compilation

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Quite interesting.
I found this book to be very excellent and quite interesting on topic alone. The content is vivid and intriguing, with thought provoking "stuff" (facts, ideas, observations) throughout. I would highly recommend it to a friend.


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

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David K. Randall is the New York Times best-selling author of Dreamland and a senior reporter at Reuters. A California native, he now lives outside New York City with his family.

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