Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

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Thorndike Press, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 393 pages
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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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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

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User Review  - dazzyj - LibraryThing

A fairly humdrum example of the kind of science writing that consists of regurgitating scientific journal articles into the undiscriminating maw of the lay person. Although I may have been biased against this book because of the staggeringly inappropriate audiobook narration on Audible. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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