Why do we sleep? Do we know how we cross from waking to sleep? And dreams and nightmares how do they fit in? These questions and more are addressed in The Secret Life of Sleep. For the lucky majority sleep comes easily for others it’s an elusive beast, for many in the West our unhealthy life styles chase away a good sleep pattern. Find out what we know and don’t know about sleep, an investigation that will lead to a greater understanding of our need to sleep.
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What makes us cross the line from waking to slumber? According to Harvard scientists it's our 'sleep switch' - a cluster of neurons in the hypothalamus. For the ancient Greeks it was the god Hypnos, caressing you with his wings. For the Blackfeet Indians, a butterfly. And in European children's tales, the Sandman, sprinkling you with dust. Why do we sleep? What happens in our brains when we sleep? Why are sleep patterns in modern Western industrialised countries so unhealthy? Is the boundary between sleep and wakefulness as clear cut as we might have supposed? How meaningful are dreams? Kat Duff brings insights from her own life, from the latest in sleep science, the paintings of Salvidor Dali, the musings of Michel de Montaigne, and wisdom and rituals from around the world and the past to paint a fascinating picture of a world that is both the most intimate and the most secret to us: sleep.
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Kat Duff is a journalist, author, and licensed counsellor. She is the creator of the popular blog www.thesecretlifeofsleep.com upon which this book is based. She lives in New Mexico, USA.More About Kat Duff