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The Science of Sleep

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on Aug 1, 2018 3:34:46 PM

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

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 6, 2017 - HEALTH & FITNESS - 176 pages

Book Synopsis:  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.


Review from Alaska Sleep Clinic:  As the Lead Marketer for Alaska Sleep Clinic, I am always looking for new discoveries, ideas and developments in the world of Sleep Medicine. There are a lot of books on the market with repetitive  information; but Mendelson goes beyond anything I have read before.  While other books that cover this topic could easily put anyone to sleep, "The Science of Sleep:  What It Is, How It Works and Why It Matters will peak your interest and teach you so much about 'sleep, which occupies... one-third of our existence.'

                                                                                              - Jennifer Hines, Alaska Sleep Clinic


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One in ten Americans suffers from chronic insomnia. Many receive sleeping pills and over-the-counter sleep aids, at an annual cost of over $40 billion. There are many different medicines, in what can seem like a bewildering variety. In this book, Dr. Mendelson draws on his experience of 40 years doing research and treatment of insomnia to explain how sleeping pills work, as well as their benefits and drawbacks, and alternative non-medicine approaches. Written with both scientific rigor and compassion, this lavishly illustrated book is designed for readers with non-technical backgrounds who would like to learn more-- and make better choices-- among the many treatments for insomnia.

If you or a loved one have a sleep disorder, call Alaska Sleep Clinic today for your free sleep assessment from a board-certified sleep specialist.

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