Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream by Jennifer Ackerman

Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream

Acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman lends her keen eye and lively voice to this marvellous exploration of the human body. Taking us through a typical day, from the arousal of the senses in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams, Ackerman reveals the human form as we’ve never seen it: busy, cunning, and miraculous. Advances in genetics and medical imaging have allowed us to peer more deeply inside ourselves than ever before, revea...

Details Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream

TitleSex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
Release DateOct 2nd, 2007
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreNonfiction, Science, Health, Medical, Psychology, Biology, Medicine, Food and Drink, Food, Sexuality, Environment, Nature

Reviews Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream

  • Matt
    Last night, I ate too much, drank too much beer, and fell asleep too early. So I woke up at about three in the morning, feeling overheated, awake, and generally uncomfortable. I grabbed a nice tall glass of water, and pulled out this book to re-read this passage: "So-called diet-induced thermogenesis, or DIT, is the body's way of converting surplus calories directly into heat – in essence, wasting energy – and it varies a great deal from pers...
  • Samantha
    This book is a great discussion of what we know about how the human body works, put into layman's terms. The author isn't a scientist herself, but (if I remember correctly) describes herself as a "science writer." She's also very good about citing her sources, and I didn't notice any leaps to conclusions that weren't based on data that she referenced, or weren't from actual scientists she quoted.It's a quick read, not bogged down in scientific la...
  • Elyssa
    This is a physiological trip through your body over 24 hours. The author provides in-depth information, including studies that support the best times to engage in certain activities, the amount of sleep needed, why some people gain weight and other don't, etc. I realized that I am an impatient reader because I got bored with the details of the body's inner workings and how the studies cited were set up and conducted. I was more interested in the ...
  • Laurie
    Smart little book with tons of interesting studies and factoids about the human body.
  • Holly Woodward
    I enjoyed this in-depth look at the daily acts we take for granted.
  • Sarah O'Brien
    Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream. A Day in the Life of Your Body.Jennifer Ackerman's full title is very catchy and will pull your eye in with interest. According to her bio, Ackerman is an author who writes for National Geographic and The New York Times among other publications. In A Day in the Life of Your Body, Ackerman uses enough scientific wording to be accurate and enlightening while at the same time providing her audience with an easy and eng...
  • Taede Smedes
    erwijl wij iedere dag onze dagelijkse dingen doen – opstaan, ontbijten, naar het werk gaan, werken, lunchen, thuiskomen, eten, ontspannen, slapen – zijn er in onze lichamen talloze processen aan de gang, die we (gelukkig) meestal niet opmerken, maar die wel degelijk hun invloed laten gelden in de dingen die we doen. Met name de wijze waarop we de dingen doen en hoe we onze dag ervaren, is niet alleen afhankelijk van externe factoren, maar ook...
  • tee
    I have no idea why this book is priced at just under $60, as it was a rather slim volume. I also have no idea why you'd set out to write a book about human function but only write so little about it. I say that predominantly because I could read about the subject all day, every day and wanted this book to be longer for selfish reasons. Ackerman writes about the human body with style and she managed to cram quite a lot of facts in this rather shor...
  • Ashley
    This book follows your body and its inner workings over a 24-hour period.Despite being based heavily in scientific studies and research, the content was readable, engaging, and easy to understand. Given my penchance for random factoids, I found myself constantly nudging my husband and asking him if he knew that you're most likely to die in the early morning hours (5AM-ish to 7AM-ish) because blood pressure and cortisol production begin to ramp up...
  • Toby
    I wanted more! Well researched and very interesting, esp. for us anatomy nerds out there it wasn't enough. Seemed the author sold herself short -not writing a longer book and going mre in depth on some topics, exploring others . . .
    Popular science. It was fun to read and I learned lots of neat little things about us humans.
  • Katie
    This is a very interesting book so far, I'm almost finished!
  • Jud Tirawieh
    العالم من دوننا لالكاتبة : د.جينيفر أكيرمانعدد الصفحات: 310 كم مرة حاولنا أن نوجه عيوننا للداخل , لنرى بها دمائنا و تجاويف الجمجمة عوضاً عن كونها دائماً متجهة نحو العالم الخارجي ؟ .. بإمكانك صباح الغد سيدي أو سيدتي المستيقظين الآن أن تنادي على زملائك ف...
  • Lisa
    What a great read! The author does a wonderful job of summarizing and explaining concepts related to chronobiology. (Hint, there's a very good reason why I am writing this review at 3:00pm!!) My recommendation, dear readers, is that you read this book. You will think about yourself and others around you in a completely different way!
  • Joseph Slape
    Well writtenGood book about the actions of the body, written in simple layman's terms. Focus is on the daily circadian rhythm and how this rhythm causes changes throughout the body.
  • Annika
    This book was absolutely fascinating! Basically if you’re looking for an insight on your body works on a daily basis, read this book! I also found that it was the perfect balance between somewhat narrative nonfiction, or at least nonfiction for the casual reader, and scientific knowledge.
  • Anna
    Easy to read book on an extremely interesting subject.
  • Megan
    Few interesting tidbits surrounded by a lot if dullness.
  • Lasdelanogmail.Com
    A great book, I learned so much and had so much fun reading it!
  • Ami Iida
    Human body metabolism day-to-day.
  • Educating Drew
    I read a review of this book right before the winter holiday and immediately put it on my TBR list. Science, specifically A&P and neuroscience, is a big interest to me. (Neuroscience is a relatively new interest, acquired mid-master degree). Ackerman, a woman who had been intrigued with the human body for years, finally decided to research it intensely and write a book revealing the "in's and out's" of your body in a 24 hour period. From the mome...
  • Rebecca
    Jennifer Ackerman’s Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream goes through the bodily functions in an interesting and unique way – what happens from the moment we wake up until we fall asleep and prepare to wake again. While her overarching storyline is about a working individual who drinks coffee and drives to work from a first person perspective – she is quick to insert other possible scenarios with specificity that is applicable for nearly everyone incl...
  • Terri Ann
    Fascinating read about how the body works and current research on those subjects. I was especially intrigued by the discussion of the timeworks in the body and how much the body can vary throughout the day. I think my blood pressure is often borderline high because I often go to the doctor in the late afternoon - when blood pressure is the highest. Lots of great sleep information. I learned more about the vagus nerve than I'd previously understoo...
  • Rochelle
    "Consider this: In one slow kiss, partners swap more than five million bacteria". Jennifer Ackerman had me when she shared that fact on page 56. That was one little morsel of information about the myriad of intricacies that make up our human body. Believe me, there were many more, and not just about us, but about animals as well. Did you know dolphins sleep with one half of their brain at a time while the other stays active? Or, did you know that...
  • Dillon
    Without a doubt this book is in my top 10 of favorite books. Since I am fascinated by the human body, this book was perfect for me. Jennifer Ackerman did a great job explaining what our bodies go through in a course of a 24-hour period. I learned what my body goes through in the morning like how our bodys can tell time in our sleep. I learned how many of the foods we eat in the morning can greatly impact the course of the rest of our day. Ackerma...
  • Maria
    Despite the sensual cover and the title's first word, this book is really for the geek who is interested in the intricacies of how the human body works. I picked up this book b/c I thought it was by DIANE Ackerman, the author of other similar and popular non-fiction books, e.g. A Natural History of the Senses. Perhaps these Ackermans are sisters w/ Jennifer being the more responsible, staid older one and Diane the rambunctious and playful little ...
  • Krista
    This is one of those books that has so many little interesting scientific tidbits, presented in an easy-to-comprehend fashion, that you find yourself reading it aloud to whomever is sitting next to you (which was quite popular at the coffee shop ... but I digress).I found myself wanting more detail sometimes but knew that more detail would have probably caused me to glaze over and drool out of inability to understand high-level scientific concept...
  • Heather
    Interesting series of factoids about the body, especially relating to Circadian rhythms. A little too rapid of a series of facts to be able to really get into it, but fascinating nonetheless.The last chapter sticks in my mind the most--shift work and artificial light wreak havoc on people's bodies. People who are exposed to too much light have decreased melatonin production. Melatonin is what makes us sleepy and also regulates the growth of cells...
  • Shannon
    I highly recommend this book for the curious, but not too research-oriented reader. It is a nice, quick-read introduction to the body and daily functions, though it is lacking in depth. It provides the reader with fun, informative tidbits in a "day-in-the-life-of" fashion intermingled with an autobiographical tone and leads you to doors full of fascinating,in-depth investigation, though it does not necessarily open them up for you. This will, wit...
  • Yofish
    Writer (non-scientist) tries to examine all the science--especially new stuff--known about the body. She sort of organizes it in the form of going through a day. Waking up, eating, post-lunch food coma. Reads pretty well. Sometimes I do wish she had gone into more detail, but she seemed more interested in breadth than depth. (But really, the book was only 200 pages--surely there was plenty of room for more without it seeming like padding.) She se...