The Secret Life of Sleep
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Unlock the astonishing facts, myths, and benefits of one of the most endangered human resources—sleep.
It has become increasingly clear that our sleep shapes who we are as much as, if not more than, we shape it.
While most sleep research hasn’t ventured far beyond research labs and treatment clinics, The Secret Life of Sleep taps into the enormous reservoir of human experiences to illuminate the complexities of a world where sleep has become a dwindling resource.
With a sense of infectious curiosity, award winning author Kat Duff mixes cutting-edge research with insightful narratives, surprising insights, and timely questions to help us better understand what we’re losing before it’s too late.
The Secret Life of Sleep tackles the full breadth of what sleep means to people the world over. Embark on an exploration of what lies behind and beyond our eyelids when we surrender to the secret life of sleep.
memory loss on a daily basis because the rebound insomnia is so much worse. As the risks of taking prescription sleep aids became more known, people turned to over-the-counter antihistamine drugs. The FDA began regulating these products in the late 1970s, approving antihistamines as hypnotics for transient insomnia. When used occasionally, many find them effective; however, it is easy to develop tolerance with regular use, and they rarely impact entrenched, chronic insomnia. Herbal and hormonal
of an intersection, and became violent with police officers—without ever waking up.13 In St. Louis, a security systems representative returned from a sales trip, ate pork chops and salad for dinner, took an Ambien, and went to bed. When police arrested her hours later, she had no memory of starting a bath, leaving the water running, jumping into her Mini Cooper with her dog, running a red light on her way to a local diner, and crashing into a car.14 Even though episodes like these are rare, an
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Psychiatry 73, no. 3 (March 2012): e09, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22490262. 11. Chris Hanlon, “Snoozing at Your Desk? Piling on the Pounds? You May Have Social Jet Lag,” Daily Mail, May 10, 2012, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2142522/Are-suffering-social-jetlag-Rising-levels-sleep-deprivation-blamed-mismatch-body-clock-reality-daily-lives.html. 12. Lin Fritschi, “Shift Work and Cancer,” Medscape Today, 2009, http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/707460. 13. American Academy