Counting Sheep by Paul Martin
The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams

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Does the early bird really catch the worm, or end up healthy, wealthy, and wise? Can some people really exist on just a few hours' sleep a night? Does everybody dream? Do fish dream? How did people cope before alarm clocks and caffeine? And is anybody getting enough sleep?

Even though we will devote a third of our lives to sleep, we still know remarkably little about its origins and purpose. Paul Martin's Counting Sheep answers these questions and more in this illuminating work of popular science. Even the wonders of yawning, the perils of sleepwalking, and the strange ubiquity of nocturnal erections are explained in full.

To sleep, to dream: Counting Sheep reflects the centrality of these activities to our lives and can help readers respect, understand, and extract more pleasure from that delicious time when they're lost to the world.
 

About Paul Martin

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Paul Martin received a Ph.D. in behavioral biology at Cambridge University. He was a Harkness Fellow in the School of Medicine at Stanford and is the author of The Healing Mind.
 
Published July 1, 2004 by Thomas Dunne Books. 432 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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An explication of sleep that not only reveals its mysteries but sings its praises.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Counting Sheep: The Science a...

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Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasure of Sleep and Dreams by Paul Martin 416pp, HarperCollins, £14.99 Last frontiers are hard to find these days, but Paul Martin thinks he's found one: the pleasant land of counterpane, that which "knots up the ravelled sleave of care", kip: the one third of a...

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Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams by Paul Martin (Flamingo, £7.99) Minnesota is a surprisingly barbaric place.

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Scientist Martin (The Healing Mind ) is on a mission to cure our "sleep-sick society" and convince us, for our own good, to start taking sleep more seriou

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