Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012
ISBN: 9780393080209
Branch Call Number: 612.821 R158d
Characteristics: 290p. : ill


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Quimeras Mar 12, 2013

“Dreamland” is definitely not a heavy in-depth scientific study on sleep disorders. It is, instead, a light read that includes interesting, sometimes amusing, facts and anecdotes on the subject.

Jan 15, 2013

When Old English texts from the Middle Ages refer to first sleep or second sleep, did you know that's how our brains are hard-wired to sleep? People regularly woke about halfway through their sleep cycle, stayed awake about an hour or 2, then had their second sleep. That all changed with the introduction of artificial light. This book explores the impact of sleep and sleep disorders on our health, productivity, our lives. Some interesting tidbits, but a bit of a disappointment. I've read better books on the topic.

Nov 30, 2012

An extremely disappointing book that reads like a magazine article stretched to 266 pages. Each chapter presents, at most, one interesting detail followed and preceded by ten pages of fluff.

In 2009, PBS's science program Nova had an episode called "What Are Dreams." It's on Youtube. Randall sites nearly all the information presented in this program in his book in much the same order, but does so with less ability and charm.

As a bookish, library enthusiast I hate to say it, but go watch the tv show. It's a better use of your time.

Oct 11, 2012

Interesting facts accessibly presented. Favors light coverage of many topics related to sleep over an in-depth exploration of any.

gr8chrissie4u Sep 22, 2012

Very informative with little jokes here and there... Not bad at all!!!

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