Sleepfaring: A Journey Through the Science of Sleep

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Oxford University Press, 2006 - Psychology - 272 pages
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Why do we sleep? Are we sleeping enough? Do we suffer stress from "sleep debt"? Why do some of us struggle with sleep disorders? And how can we tackle sleep problems? These are the kinds of questions that make many of us toss and turn all night.
Jim Horne finds answers to these questions and many more in Sleepfaring, a journey through the science and the secrets of sleep. He reveals what goes on in our brains behind the veil of sleep, looks at body clocks, the values of napping, and the controversial question of "sleep debt," and also gives some hints from the latest sleep research that may just help you get a better night's rest. In recent years, the nature of sleep, our sleeping patterns, how much sleep we need, and the dangers of lack of sleep have become increasingly important, as people work longer hours, styles of working have altered, and the separation between workplace and home has been eroded by cell phones and the internet. From drowsiness at the wheel, to stress and insomnia, this is a subject that truly matters to people. Horne draws on the latest research in brain physiology, psychology, medicine, and the many social factors that contribute to sleep problems to reveal what science has discovered about sleep, and problems related to sleep-from snoring to sleep apnea. Nor does Horne shy away from controversy, challenging, for example, the conventional wisdom on the amount of sleep we actually need.
For anyone wishing to know more about the many mysterious processes that begin when we close our eyes each night, Sleepfaring offers a wealth of insight and information.
 

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Contents

1 Petunias oneeyed ducks and rolypoly mice
1
2 By the brain for the brain
16
3 The substance of sleep
24
4 Then
32
5 Odd behaviour
43
6 Skin and bones
51
7 Sleepiness
58
8 Higher matters
70
15 Or REM wakefulness?
148
16 Cinema of the mind
159
17 The long the short and the less
172
18 Are we chronically sleep deprived?
184
19 Things that go bump in the night
206
20 A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow
213
21 Snoring gasping and jumping
230
22 Children
240

9 Crashing out
87
10 Time of life
102
11 Time travellers
113
12 Good night
121
13 Brain waves
128
14 REM sleep
137
23 I sleep therefore I am
257
Are you a lark an owl or neither?
259
Endnotes
261
Index
269
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About the author (2006)

Jim Horne is Professor of Psychophysiology and Director of the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Loughborough. He is frequently called upon to discuss topics related to sleep on radio and television, and writes regularly for the broadsheets and for scientific magazines. Previous publications include iWhy We Sleepi (1990, OUP).

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