Dreamland. Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep [E–pub New]
Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? eCognitive behavioral therapy Fortunately we also learn that there are several ways to improve our sleep other than with pills or therapy such as avoiding coffee alcohol and bright light before bed getting some regularxercise turning down the room temperature before bedtime andor taking a cool shower and practicing some breathing techniues to help us fall asleep one such xercise has you focus on your breathing by thinking in as you inhale and out as you breathe outVirtually very chapter contains a treasure trove of fascinating information about the topic in uestion and the author lays it all out in a very clear and interesting way If you are curious about the world of sleep and what science has to say about it then you can t go wrong A full Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group executive summary of this book is available here podcast discussion of the book is also available Wishing Yourself A Good NightWhat do you do when you really don t have much to tell on a subjectspecially when you care a lot about it You tell anecdotes and try to keep it interesting Most neuroscience books these days tend to be packed with anecdotes that are weird but on which there is no scientific consensus The reader is left to hisher own devices on what to make of all the stories This book is not much different It starts with an admission that we know next to nothing about sleep the activity that occupies 13 rd of our livesThe author sets off an a uest to discover about his own sleep conditions and finds that he has fallen into a strange rabbit hole that Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust exists just on the other side the pillow and which most of are never aware of Once I started really thinking about sleep for the first time the uestions came in waves Do men sleep differently than women Why do we dream Why is getting children to fall asleep one of the hardest parts of becoming a new Sleep It is something that children fight against seemingly viewing it as a punishment while adults wish they had of the sweet reward Just how much do scientists truly know about sleep Honestly not much However David K Randall shares some of the uniue data surrounding the world of sleep in Dreamland Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep Dreamland is an instant thought provoking work as it presents theories and uestions surrounding the act of sleeping forxample we may think that sleep is the result of the body s need for rest yet Conscience and Memory even if you relaxed on a hammock all day you would still need sleep when the clock struck the late hours From this introduction on Dreamland moves onto describing various aspects of sleep such as theffects of artificial lights impact of fatigue on work Pansy Vol. 6 environments sleep walkingtc These subjects are supplemented with research xperiments and data which are compelling and leave the reader itching for However for those seeking a deeply scientific work Dreamland will not satisfy Randall s writing style is aligned with a journalistic approach and would fit snugly into the LA Times Reader s Digest or ven Family Circle than with a science periodical This makes sense as Randall is a senior reporter for Reuters and is a professor of journalism Don t let this deter you though Randall clearly procures adamant research from interviews and first hand participation Thus Dreamland is accessible for the average reader but uite informative as well The thesis and point Randall tries to make can some times be lost Although undeniably interesting Elizabeth I each chapter feels like an overview on the topics Again much like an article Randall cuts the text short and doesn t seem to lead to a main theoryxcept that sleep is strange and scientists don t know much about it This results in a slightly chunky feel For those readers whom njoy humor mixed in with science Randall incorporates comedic relief into the pages and also presents some ideas in a social history format Although this method pushes the science further backWith Dreamland s progression comes an increase in scientific and heavier content levating Randall s work and offering the reader substance However also noticeable are several "cases of repetition in both content and wording which can be "of repetition in both content and wording which can be and breaks the focus Plus Randall has the habit of straying onto tangents although he always Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education eventuallyxplains the connectionThe ndingconclusion of Dreamland was weaker than xpected as it merely wrapped up Randall s personal thoughts and xperiences with sleep missing what would be a sum up on the notes mentioned Also missing are solid reference notes although the bibliography is xtensive Dreamland is xactly what the title states an xploration of topics data and xperiments relating to various facets of sleep athletic performance military prowess sleeping pills sleep apnea dreams tc Although not 100% scientific Dreamland is creative gripping and thought provoking One will realize that sleep affects areas of our daily life than we thought I wanted to like this book but I nded up finding it incredibly boring At times there was interesting information like the bit about first and second sleep but too many of the stories felt like repeats On and on the author shows how sleep is important And I wanted to say Yes I understand that but is there anything lse you have to say I won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveawayRandall does an Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation excellent job in keeping his book well grounded in research while also keeping in mind that sleep is still a very new and therefore uncertain science The book is a summary of much of what is currently known and has been theorized about sleep and how it affects the mind and body A surprisinglyngaging read and very asy to understand as Randall writes in a style that accommodates the layman While a lot of the information is fairly #common sense if one were to actually spend # sense if one were to actually spend thinking about a subject like sleep Randall does bring to light pardon the pun a few interesting studies on things like the correlation between artificial light and cancer Definitely a worthwhile read if you ve ver had problems sleeping or just want to know about that mysterious ight hours when the world spins on while we are oblivious to all that goes on around us. Differently than men And if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking does that count as murderThis 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 aga.
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Randall ✓ 4 reviewI njoyed this It gets a little repetitive though it s not all that long but for the most part it kept my interest Randall decides to research sleep after he walks into a wall hard during a sleepwalking incident and after a night in a sleep lab is told by his doctor I m going to be honest with you There s a lot that we know about sleep but there s a lot we don t know If the sleepwalking continues let s try some sedatives But I don t want you to start taking drugs that you don t need Try to cut down on your stress and see what happens Unsatisfied with this Randall says If my doctor couldn t tell me about sleep I reasoned then I would go out and search for the solution myself So began my adventures in the strange science of sleep I set out to discover verything I could about a period of time that we can only conceive of as an abstraction a bodily state that we know about but never really xperience because well we are asleep Once I started really thinking about sleep for the first time the uestions came in waves Do men sleep differently than women Why do we dream Why is getting children to fall asleep one of the hardest parts of becoming a new parent and is it this hard for From Notes to Narrative everyone around the world How come some people snore and others don t And what makes my body start sleepwalking and why can t I tell it to stop Randallxplores these topics and others such as the interplay between science and the legal system when people claim to have been asleep when they committed crimes and the Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America efforts of coaches and school administrators to improve athletic and academic performances through manipulation of athletes and students circadian rhythms As with many pop science books he relies heavily on anecdotes and Injoyed the stories To illustrate the devastating results of sleep deprivation he talks about various military accidents he gives the story of Jack Nicklaus s golfclub grip crisis to show how the mind can solve problems during sleep and he tells about Colin Sullivan and his sleep mask machine for the treatment of sleep apnea in a chapter on various sorts of sleeping problems One issue which makes Randall s topic a challenging one is that his doctor was not kidding when he said that much is still not understood about sleep We know it s really important for mental and physical health We know that sometimes the mind manages to solve problems during sleep which it couldn t seem to solve while awake We know that dreams replay bits of memories and create mash ups which sometimes reflect our current preoccupations But there s also much we don t know Not only details of the whys and hows of the things we do know but whole areas such as why many people wake up around 2 am and Randall goes into how this was historically a time when people would wake after their first sleep to read or snuggle or whatever for a while before going on to the second sleep why men and women sleep differently what causes insomnia God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School etc So for instance while we know that Randall s sleepwalking problem was probably caused by a brain malfunction where the paralyzing hormones were not sent out to his arms and legs before REM sleep began so that he got up and walked around in response to his dream we don t know how to fix it beyond sedatives or physical restraint As the wife of a calm gentle man who sometimes gets into loud angry fights in his dreams I would have loved for science to have made a bit progress with this oneAnother thing and this is minor but it did annoy me is that thediting of the book was uite sloppy Most annoying were lay vs lie issues which occurred throughout For instance As subjects laid on their back with their Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) eyes closedach night p 259 and arly humans were at their most defenseless when they laid down on the ground for several hours in the middle of the night p 244 Lay for which laid is a past form reuires an object There were some other sorts of rrors but this "one given the subject with people lying down "given the subject with people lying down sleep or to try to sleep on a regular basis was particularly unfortunate WW Norton is a big nough publisher to #do betterStill an njoyable look at a subject in which we # betterStill an Foraging for Survival enjoyable look at a subject in which we have an interest Randall is anngaging storyteller and this is an Fragments entertaining book 4 stars Written by a journalist so it sasy to Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries enjoy with lots of tidbits of interest but light on the science No agenda just a bunch ofssays about the subject The take aways are two 1 Far too many ppl are not getting nough sleep including toddlers teens soldiers who are after all often teens themselves and athletes and 2 research is needed into a variety of aspects of sleep including dreaming circadian rhythms parasomnias tc35 stars and a positive recommendation if you re interested with the caveat that it really is a light read and probably won t nrich your life very much Also the hardcover I read is printed on cheap paper has only bibliographic notes and has pictures only as decoration ideal for an reader This was a moderately interesting look at current research into sleep There were a few things I hadn t read before such as that the type of mattress you choose doesn t affect the uality of your sleep you sleep best on the sort of mattress most familiar to you I had already known that light affects your Circadian rhythm While it is helpful to be xposed to natural light in the morning shun blue screen light TV laptop cell phone at least an hour before bed In fact it is best to have soft light in your home in the vening After 10 pm melatonin is released in your body causing your core body temperature to drop so it is helpful to sleep in a cool 60 66 degrees Fahrenheit room Exercise promotes better sleep but it doesn t have to be strenuous xercise In fact it is important that your body thinks you have had a good workout than that you have run a marathon The brain
also tricky it comes to sleeping pills They may work largely because they inhibit memory formation of any restless sleep you may think you have slept better than you actually have and that matters The length of sleep gained is apparently not remarkableThe author makes the provocative statement that people actually sleep better. 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 sleepIn Dreamland Randall xplores the research that is investigating those dark hou. In separate beds It is probably best to have a little canoodle then toddle off to individual sleeping uarters for the best uality sleep He also Helpmate explores the sleep disruptions brought by a baby in the family Should you let the infant cry it out or is the family bed the answer We all know that teens prefer to stay up late and sleep in The world probably functions to the level of people in their prime At age forty REM sleep begins to decline This become noticeable at fifty and is set at age sixty five Anthropologists speculate that this was a survival mechanism left from ancient times When people slept in groups it was helpful to have someone sleeping lightly or awake to guard against danger Older people tend to fall asleep around 9 pm waking in the wee hours with less time spent in REM sleep It makes sense that as someone ages and slows down he should sleep lightly in order to be better able to wake up uickly andscape dangerThere is also a sort of afternoon slump at around 2 pm conducive to napping Some cultures have a long usually two hour lunch break to accommodate this natural rest cycleThe author also looks at the dangers of sleep deprivation For some professions such as for soldiers or airline pilots the issue of sleep is of life and death importance but has only recently been recognized as suchThe author became interested in this topic as a result of his own sleep walking Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy episode He delves intoxamples of bizarre sleep walking behavior such as murder Is a person responsible for a murder committed while he was asleep The responses of juries to that uestion are unevenMy biggest problems with this book were the lack of an index and the uality of the ditingproofreading Despite the fact that in his acknowledgements he credits two ditors and a copyeditor I found some really glaring Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader errors Forxample on page 111 Albert Szent Gyorgyi a Hungarian scientist who won a Noble Prize in 1937 and on page 64 But out of the than thirty thousand studies he found that looked at human sleep couples or marriage only nine breached the topic of sharing a mattress These are shortcomings I attribute to the publisher not the author Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of careThe death of Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead each day s life sore labor s bathBalm of hurt minds great nature s second courseChief nourisher in life s feast Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2To die to sleepTo sleep perchance to Dream aye there s the rubFor in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coilMust give us pause Hamlet Act 3 Scene 1The Bard has said it all Of late I am having bo I get insomnia a lot So this book was interesting and insightful I learned a bit and know understand different sleep disord A fullxecutive summary of this book is now available here spend up to a third of our lives sleeping and yet unless we are not getting Bryozoan Evolution enough of it andor arexperiencing a sleeping disorder of some kind most of us hardly Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) ever give our sleep a second thought other than to rue over how much precious time it takes up Science too largely neglected sleep for the longest time treating it mainly as a static condition during which the brain was not doing much of anything interesting Howeverver since rapid Silvers Edge eye movement REM was discovered in the 1950 s the science of sleep has really taken off and the discoveries that have come out of it go to show that this unconscious period is interesting than wever could have imagined It is these discoveries that writer David K Randall xplores in his new book Dreamland Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep The book is split into 13 chapters with ach chapter outside of the introduction and conclusion Going Berserk exploring a separate topic in the world of sleep In the book we learn about such basics as REM sleep and the 5 stage sleep cycle as well as the benefits of sleep and the harmfulffects of sleep deprivation It turns out that sleep is instrumental in such things as muscle regeneration long term memory formation skills acuisition problem solving motional control and creativity Dreaming we find plays an importantis also tricky
in many these benefits thus making it seem far less likely that Freud was correct in thinking that dreams are actually a manifestation of subconscious wish fulfillmentWe also learn that our natural sleeping pattern is set by our circadian clock and that many of our routines in the modern world run somewhat against this natural pattern As it turns out these routines not only have a negative ffect on our sleep but on our waking lives as well Fortunately many organizations are now beginning to take these lessons to heart and are modifying their policies and practices to help Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America ensure that their members are better rested so as to lessen the negativeffects of fatigue For instance high schools are starting later businesses are allowing their Autobiography and Other Writings employees to take naps and hiring on fatigue management consultants to helpliminate the ffects of under rested mployees sports teams are hiring trainers to Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. ensure that their players are gettingnough sleep and to manage the difficulties of inter time zone travel and "the military is allowing its soldiers rest during peace time and also monitoring and managing sleep during combatWe also learn about "military is allowing its soldiers rest during peace time and also monitoring and managing sleep during combatWe also learn about difficulties of and the controversy surrounding putting your children to bed and how the practice of co sleeping sleeping in the same bad with your infant is making a come back At the same time the tradition of sleeping in the same bed as your partner is taking a hit as and couples xperiment with sleeping in separate beds and ven in separate bedroomsLast but not least we learn about sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea continual waking up due to blockage of the windpipe and the billion dollar business of treating and controlling this very distressing and potentially deadly disorder sleepwalking and the bizarre phenomenon of crimes committed while sleepwalking including child molestation rape and ven murder as well as how the justice system is dealing with these very troubling cases and also insomnia and the sordid history of sleeping pills as well as the latest techniues in fighting sleeplessness including. Rs 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.role in many