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The Secret Life of Sleep

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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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The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff

From the meaning of dreams to the dangers of sleeping pills, Kat Duff brings insights from the latest in sleep science, the paintings of Salvador Dali, the musings of Michel de Montaigne, and rituals from around the world to paint a portrait of an activity that we all cherish but know little about. Why do we sleep? What happens in our brains when we sleep? Why are sleep patterns in Western industrialised countries so unhealthy? Is the boundary between sleep and wakefulness as clear cut as we might have supposed? Tackling the full breadth of what sleep means to us, The Secret Life of Sleep blends cutting-edge research with captivating narrative to explore a hidden world that is both intimate and mysterious.

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'A highly readable blend of science, dream analysis, literature and psychology, to help make us more conscious of all that lies tantalisingly beyond consciousness.'
Lucy Beresford, novelist, psychotherapist, and broadcaster

'What distinguishes Duff's work from the average popular science title is her beautifully nuanced, lyrical prose and astute recognition that sleeping and dreaming have a much deeper meaning in our lives beyond the research laboratory.'
Booklist

'Full of unique insights and surprising facts, this book brings to the fore an entire world that exists behind closed eyes.'
Kirkus

'Duff leads an absorbing foray into the vibrant activity that we otherwise sleep right through.'
Publishers Weekly

'A charmingly written compendium... Duff offers a rich understanding of the subject in which personal insights blend with an amazing array of perspectives in ways that always seem to enhance and complement each other.'
Jeannette Mageo - Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University and author of Dreaming Culture

'Timely and highly original 4/5 stars.' New Internationalist

'Duff is right to identify that many of us are sleepless princesses, now, prickled by anxiety and text messages, by lights and to-do lists and rubbish on the internet; and right, too, that the intersection of the new science of the brain and our myths about sleep is a fascinating area.
Guardian

'Interesting... What is clear from The Secret Life of Sleep is that our relationship with the Sandman has changed greatly over the millennia, and it looks like it's going to continue to change even more in the future'
Big Issue

'There's much to recommend in Duff's perceptive exploration'
Sunday Business Post

About the Author

Kat Duff

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.

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Publication date

2nd April 2015

Author

Kat Duff

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Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

The Real World
Popular Science
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Popular medicine & health
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Neurology & clinical neurophysiology

ISBN

9781780744155

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