Dreamland by David K. Randall

Dreamland

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 ...


Details Dreamland

TitleDreamland
ISBN9780393080209
Author
Release DateAug 13th, 2012
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Health
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Reviews Dreamland

  • Riku Sayuj
    2014-09-14
    Wishing Yourself A Good NightWhat do you do when you really don’t have much to tell on a subject, especially when you care a lot about it? You tell anecdotes and try to keep it interesting. Most neuroscience books these days tend to be packed with anecdotes that are weird, but on which there is no scientific consensus. The reader is left to his/her own devices on what to make of all the stories. This book is not much different. It starts with a...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2015-11-14
    Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,Chief nourisher in life’s feast.- Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2To die, to sleep,To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there's the rub,For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause. - Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1The Bard has said it all.------------...
  • Sergei_kalinin
    2014-06-04
    Очень хорошая научно-популярная книга о сне! Пожалуй, главной задачей автора было - собрать под одной обложкой самые интересные и неожиданные факты о природе сна, снабдив их самыми современными научными комментариями (хотя в книге есть и физиоло...
  • Melora
    2016-08-02
    I enjoyed this. It gets a little repetitive, though it's not all that long, but for the most part it kept my interest. Randall decides to research “sleep” after he walks into a wall, hard, during a sleepwalking incident and, after a night in a sleep lab, is told by his doctor,”'I'm going to be honest with you. There's a lot that we know about sleep, but there's a lot we don't know. If the sleepwalking continues, let's try some sedatives. Bu...
  • Orsolya
    2012-07-05
    Sleep. It is something that children fight against seemingly viewing it as a punishment; while adults wish they had more of the sweet reward. Just how much do scientists truly know about sleep? Honestly: not much. However, David K. Randall shares some of the unique data surrounding the world of sleep in “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep”.“Dreamland” is an instant thought-provoking work as it presents theories and ques...
  • Atila Iamarino
    2016-03-06
    Achei que fosse ler mais sobre sonhos e como/porque sonhamos, mas encontrei um livro sobre como e porque dormimos. Muito legal de qualquer forma. Discute o sono em duas metades que tínhamos até bem pouco tempo atrás e vários outros hábitos em relação ao sono e ao dormir que estão mudando. Também descobri que mulheres em geral tem o sono mais leve e mais perturbado pelo marido do que o inverso.
  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2014-05-02
    I get insomnia a lot. So this book was interesting and insightful. I learned a bit and know understand different sleep disorders. A good book.
  • Cheryl
    2016-09-28
    Written by a journalist, so it's easy to enjoy, with lots of tidbits of interest, but light on the science. No agenda, just a bunch of essays about the subject. The take-aways are two: 1. Far too many ppl are not getting enough sleep, including toddlers, teens, soldiers (who are, after all, often teens themselves), and athletes, and 2. more research is needed into a variety of aspects of sleep, including dreaming, circadian rhythms, parasomnias, ...
  • Melissa Prange
    2012-08-12
    I wanted to like this book, but I ended up finding it incredibly boring. At times, there was interesting information (like the bit about first and second sleep), but too many of the stories felt like repeats. On and on, the author shows how sleep is important. And I wanted to say: Yes, I understand that, but is there anything else you have to say?
  • Aaron Thibeault
    2012-08-09
    *A full executive summary of this book is now available here: http://newbooksinbrief.com/2012/08/20...We spend up to a third of our lives sleeping, and yet, unless we are not getting enough of it, and/or are experiencing a sleeping disorder of some kind, most of us hardly ever give our sleep a second thought (other than to rue over how much precious time it takes up). Science too largely neglected sleep for the longest time, treating it mainly as...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    2013-09-07
    Bullet Reviews:I've always been fascinated with the brain and sleep so when I saw this book, I snapped it up. Unfortunately, I found most of the information dry or stuff I already knew, and what I was really interested in - the brain and dreams - was a small chunk, squeezed next to soldiers and athletes' sleeping patterns. You know, two areas I didn't really give an origami fish about.For someone looking for the sleep basics, this is a great book...
  • Caren
    2012-09-07
    This was a moderately interesting look at current research into sleep. There were a few things I hadn't read before, such as that the type of mattress you choose doesn't affect the quality of your sleep; you sleep best on the sort of mattress most familiar to you. I had already known that light affects your Circadian rhythm. While it is helpful to be exposed to natural light in the morning, shun blue screen light (TV, laptop, cell phone) at least...
  • Emily Mishler
    2012-08-30
    I won a copy of this book in a goodreads giveaway.Randall does an excellent job in keeping his book well grounded in research while also keeping in mind that sleep is still a very new and therefore uncertain science. The book is a summary of much of what is currently known and has been theorized about sleep and how it affects the mind and body. A surprisingly engaging read and very easy to understand as Randall writes in a style that accommodates...
  • Robyn
    2012-08-12
    I can't stop sharing all the info I learned from this book!
  • Zahir
    2013-03-06
    David Randall takes us into the mysterious and fascinating world of sleep. He takes us through a journey that starts with his personal account of waking up after hitting his leg while sleepwalking, into some of the biology that occurs when we go to sleep, and what effect that sleep and rest has on our ability to function. What Randall does exceptionally well is he writes for the layman, and does not lose a non-scientific reader like myself by inc...
  • Anne
    2012-08-20
    if this book were a college course, its title would be something like Intro to Sleep Science. The author gives a brief overview of the current state of knowledge about various aspects of sleep with references for those who might want to pursue a given topic more in depth. Dreamland contains lots interesting tidbits about the relationship between sleep and SAT scores, sleep and baseball performance, dreams, and, sadly for mattress manufacturers bu...
  • Book
    2015-09-14
    Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall“Dreamland" is a fun journey through the little known world of sleep. Senior reporter and adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, David K. Randall relays a series of stories, and recent research that will help readers gain a better understanding and appreciation for the impact of sleep. This interesting popular-science 291-page book includes the following t...
  • Tahlia
    2018-04-30
    This was SUCH an interesting book that detailed literally every aspect of sleep.Highlights for me included- how the invention of light bulbs/electric lamps changed how we sleep - shops started to stay open later, artificial light affected our body clocks- how sleep is classified in the legal system, especially in cases where people commit crimes and even MURDER whilst sleepwalking- insomnia and how different people treat it - including amphetamin...
  • Tom
    2015-03-04
    I once saw a sleep specialist because I was having trouble falling asleep at night. At one point during the visit I asked him, "But why is this happening?" He looked at me and said, and I quote, "I don't know. Sleep is weird, man."In Dreamland, David K. Randall sets out to explore just how little we know about sleep and how very weird it is. We don't, for example, know why we sleep in the first place! But we do know that if you don't get sleep ev...
  • Chy
    2014-10-12
    Totally an assignment/research book. I needed a refresher on sleep and dreams, on account of a character who meddles with people's dreams. And this turned out to be just what I needed. Though, to be fair, probably a lot of books on the subject, as well as an internet search, could have been just what I needed. It was just there in the library, and I prefer to have my research in my hands rather than at the click of a mouse.This had a lot of cool ...
  • astried
    2013-01-19
    You know how with those most important thing in life you take it for granted until it's gone? That's how I used to think about sleeping, which is not thinking about it at all. Back then I'd sleep early or late, wake up whenever I have to without a thought. Then, (ah.. the unavoidable significant moment) I had my life turned upside down. Then I started to notice that sleep ceased to be an enjoyable activity. I'd be lying dead tired but not only I ...
  • Deb
    2013-07-04
    **A wake-up call to the power of sleep**It seems that as our lives get busier, the first thing to be sacrificed is sleep. Sure, that tradeoff may give us more hours for the doing, but it also takes quite the toll on our quality of lives. As the author explains:“Health, sex, relationships, creativity, memories—all of these things that make us who we are depend on the hours we spend each night with our heads on the pillow. By ignoring something...
  • Meadow
    2013-02-11
    I read this book while in the midst of a severe sleep deprivation time due to a colicky baby who would not sleep more than 2 hours at a time day or night! I was fascinated by anything scientific that might help me understand sleep, and the consequences of lacking it. This book was a great read, as it introduced me to quite a few studies on sleep I had never heard of. From this book I went on to enjoy the true story movie "Sleepwalk with Me", and ...
  • Virginia
    2012-09-26
    I wish there were footnotes instead of endnotes for this book. (Actually, I wish that about all books. Footnotes are awesome.) I felt like this was a good overview of the current research about sleep medicine, but it did not really get into next steps, or future solutions. The writing style was great, though, very easy to read. I wish more people (and by people I mean corporations) took sleeping more seriously. Especially since it can affect so m...
  • Hakan Jackson
    2017-03-29
    It's amazing how little we know about something we spend a good chunk of our lives doing. That little bit of what we know as of 2012 is covered in this book. What really makes this book great is that one two punch of science and history-it's a combination I wish all non-fiction had. It does go a bit autobiographical from time to time, but just enough to keep the book interesting. Now, if only I could find something written more recently so I can ...
  • Ash
    2014-05-10
    I was hesitant to read a book like this. I was afraid that it was going to be a, pun fully intended and proud of it, snoozefest. Thank goodness, it was not! I'm not sure what I could have gotten through nearly 300 pages about sleep. David K. Randall's Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep is, well, about sleep. Specifically, about the biology of why humans sleep, what the levels of sleep are, sleep disorders, and everything else i...
  • Juliej
    2015-08-25
    This a light read for the layman. There are a few interesting facts, but not really many answers to the issues that may have prompted the reader to pick up this book.I understand that is largely because, as the author says, we don't know a lot about sleep. But he has chosen to write a book about it, so I think he could have found a bit more to say.I myself was interested by the question he raised of culpability for a crime committed while sleep-w...
  • Ann
    2013-06-22
    This non-fiction book meanders through the various aspects of sleep and dreaming. It never gets very technical and the author barely skims the surface of this fascinating subject. We hear about how the marital bed may be bad for a good night’s sleep, how babies around the world sleep, how sleep deprivation is responsible for all sorts of bad things, including deaths of American service personnel by friendly fire, about devices develped to monit...
  • Charles
    2012-08-20
    I would rewrite the subtitle as "fun historical facts about sleep research." To be fair, "adventures in the strange science of sleep" doesn't promise much and the author acknowledges the infancy of the field, but I had hoped for a better understanding of what happens (or fails to happen) as we lay in bed with the lights out. The penultimate chapter delivers some of the goods, however, and I wouldn't say it was an unpleasant read despite the canne...