Sleepfaring : A journey through the science of sleep

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What is sleep? Why do we sleep? How much do we normally need, and what happens if you don't get enough sleep? Are we modern people with busy lives suffering stress from 'sleep debt'? This book is about all aspects of sleep. It's a subject that interests and worries a lot of people. In recent years, the nature of sleep, our sleeping patterns, how much sleep we need, and the dangers of lack of sleep have become increasingly important, as people work longer hours, styles of working have altered, and the separation between workplace and home has been eroded by the mobile phone and the Internet. From drowsiness at the wheel, to stress and insomnia, this is a subject that matters to people. Jim Horne gives an engaging account of what science has found out about sleep, and problems related to sleep - from snoring to sleep apnoea. He brings in brain physiology, psychology, medicine, and social factors. The book highlights recent research and Horne does not shy away from areas of controversy, for instance regarding the amount of sleep we actually need. As a result, it is likely to provoke lively debate among sleep researchers, as well as fascinating the general reader.
As well as being richly informative about the nature of sleep, this book may just help you to get a good night's rest.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 30mm | 480.82g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 19 figures, 3 tables
  • 0192807315
  • 9780192807311
  • 1,767,014

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Horne's arguments are compelling. * New Statesman * an impressive amount of material...a handy tour d'horizon * BBC Focus *
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About Jim Horne

Jim Horne is Professor of Psychophysiology and Director of the Sleep Research Centre at the University of Loughborough. He is frequently called upon to discuss topics related to sleep on radio and television, and writes regularly for the broadsheets and for scientific magazines. Previous publications include Why We Sleep (1990, OUP).
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Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Petunias, one eyed ducks and rolly-polly mice ; 2. By the brain for the brain ; 3. The Substance of Sleep ; 4. Reality ; 5. Then ; 6. Odd Behaviour ; 7. Skin and Bones ; 8. Sleepiness ; 9. Higher Matters ; 10. Crashing Out ; 11. Time of Life ; 12. Time Travellers ; 13. Good night ; 14. REM sleep ; 15. Or REM wakefulness? ; 16. Cinema of the mind ; 17. The long, the short and the less ; 18. Are we chronically sleep deprived? ; 19. Things that go bump in the night ; 20. A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow ; 21. Snoring, gasping and jumping ; 22. Children ; 23. Fare thee well ; Appendix: Are you a lark, an owl, or neither?
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an impressive amount of material...a handy tour d'horizon BBC Focus
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