The Science of Sleep: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters

University of Chicago Press
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We often hear that humans spend one third of their lives sleeping—and most of us would up that fraction if we could. Whether we’re curling up for a brief lunchtime catnap, catching a doze on a sunny afternoon, or clocking our solid eight hours at night, sleeping is normally a reliable way to rest our heads and recharge our minds. And our bodies demand it: without sufficient sleep, we experience changes in mood, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. Symptoms of sleep deprivation can be severe, and we know that sleep is essential for restoring and rejuvenating muscles, tissue, and energy. And yet, although science is making remarkable inroads into the workings and functions of sleep, many aspects still remain a mystery.

In The Science of Sleep, sleep expert Wallace B. Mendelson explains the elements of human sleep states and explores the variety of sleep disorders afflicting thousands of people worldwide. Mendelson lays out the various treatments that are available today and provides a helpful guide for one of life’s most important activities. By offering the first scientific yet accessible account of sleep science, Mendelson allows readers to assess their personal relationships with sleep and craft their own individual approaches to a comfortable and effective night’s rest.

Addressing one of the major public health issues of the day with cutting-edge research and empathetic understanding, The Science of Sleep is the definitive illustrated reference guide to sleep science.
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About the author

Wallace B. Mendelson, M.D., has more than forty years of experience in sleep research and clinical care. He is retired professor of psychiatry and clinical pharmacology and former director of the Sleep Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago, and former president of the Sleep Research Society.

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University of Chicago Press
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Published on
Feb 14, 2018
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9780226387338
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / General
Psychology / Physiological Psychology
Science / Cognitive Science
Science / General
Science / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
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