Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. RandallLike 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 isnt 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.
Did You Know
January 31, So many questions bubble up when we think about sleep — the biggest one is why do we do it? Were you surprised by any of these facts? What can you change about your sleep based on these facts? Eager for more sleep info you can really use? Join our communities on Facebook and Twitter and let's continue the conversation. We'd love to hear what you have to say!
Sleeping your way skinnier? Jolting yourself awake? It's not yet clear why some people are more prone to sexsomnia—it might be more likely to happen when you go to bed feeling frisky but fall asleep before making love, or when you are dreaming about sex and your body starts to act it out while your mind is still asleep. This feeling can trigger your limbs to jolt yourself awake. It's just as critical, because sleep deprivation has been linked to heart disease, depression, and diabetes. Try keeping a dream journal next to your bed and jotting down anything that you remember as soon as you wake up. Specifically, lack of sleep can decrease ghrelin, a hormone that helps you feel satiated, and increase the hunger hormone leptin.
National Sleep Foundation has created a list of 25 random facts about sleep. But we're not restricting this information to our 25 closest friends. Share it with everyone you know! How Sleep Works. Man is the only mammal that willingly delays sleep. The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption.
Sleep facts 101 – and some foolish myths debunked
February 27, Why do we sleep? While we tackle a lot of serious sleep issues on our Sleep Blog, this post is a little taste of sleep trivia — quirky and somewhat weird facts about sleep that will entertain you but not necessarily help you understand sleep any better.