Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 13, 2012 - Science - 304 pages

An engrossing examination of the science behind the little-known world of sleep.

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  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Light reading. Personal angle is the author discovered he sleepwalks and learns how little sleep is understood. Interesying but not particularly enlightening. 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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Light My Fire
Between the Sheets
And Baby Makes Three
What Dreams May Come
Sleep on
The Weapon Z
Bumps in the Night
Game Time
Breathe Easy
Counting Sheep
Mr Sandman
Good Night

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David K. Randall is a senior reporter at Reuters. The New York Times best-selling author of Black Death at the Golden Gate, Dreamland, and The King and Queen of Malibu, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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