Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

Book - 2012
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Examines the complex world of sleep and discusses whether or not women sleep differently than men and if killing someone while sleepwalking would count as murder.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012
ISBN: 9780393080209
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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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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