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Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleepby David K. Randall
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A lively overview of recent research into sleep." Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
"A thoroughly enjoyable overview of a familiar yet remarkably foreign terrain." Abigail Zuger, MD, New York Times
"The most diverting and consistently fascinating book on the topic ever...but you couldn’t find a more charming guide to what we do know than Dreamland." Laura Miller, Salon.com
"A page-turner for the science-minded." Susannah Cahalan, New York Post
"‘Small science’ at its best, illuminating aspects of human biology and behavior that have powerful repercussions in our private and social lives." Carol Tavris, Wall Street Journal
"An accessible and well-researched guide to a fascinating subject." New Scientist
"Randall’s wit and curiosity make him a comforting guide." Boston Globe
"Randall has done a lot of good reporting, writes clearly and makes even the scientific aspects of his subject easily accessible....The result is an enjoyable, edifying book that goes down easy....The one thing Dreamland will not do — sorry, insomniacs — is put you to sleep. The topic and the treatment are both too interesting." Daniel Akst, Newsday
"This fabulous book is likely to address any and all questions you might have about sleep....There’s plenty of practical information, like how to overcome insomnia without drugs, how to combat snoring, how to encourage young children to get to sleep and, perhaps most useful, how to bet successfully on professional football games: our circadian rhythms favor West Coast teams over East Coast teams on Monday nights. This is one book that will not put you to sleep." Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Randall emphasizes the too-often neglected common-sense realization that sleep is no void; rather, it is perhaps one-third of the puzzle to living well. The author also notes that sleep is not an undifferentiated continuum; the most restful sleep arrives in five stages of about 90 minutes each. A welcome study of an element of life that is often "forgotten, overlooked, and postponed." Kirkus Reviews
"Though he doesn’t go into minute detail, Randall provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to a mystifying but necessary part of life." Booklist
An engrossing examination of the science behind the little-known world of sleep.
About the Author
David K. Randall is a senior reporter at Reuters and has also written for the New York Times, Forbes, and New York. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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