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Book Title: The Secret Life of Sleep|
The size of the: 19.41 MB
Edition: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Date of issue: March 18th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781582704685
The author of the book: Kat Duff
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books: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.
Read information about the authorKat Duff is author of "The Alchemy of Illness" and the forthcoming "The Secret Life of Sleep." She lives in northern New Mexico, and works as a counselor and child forensic interviewer. Duff has been a fan of the essay form ever since reading Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" in high school.
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