Dreamland by David K. Randall
Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

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Dreamland is a lively overview of recent research into sleep, the activity that occupies nearly a third of our lives, yet whose secrets continue to mystify scientists and laypeople alike.
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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.

 

About David K. Randall

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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.
 
Published August 13, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 291 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Aug 03 2012

Dreamland is a lively overview of recent research into sleep, the activity that occupies nearly a third of our lives, yet whose secrets continue to mystify scientists and laypeople alike.

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