The Complicated Science of Slumber

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As any new parent, night-shift nurse, or early-morning radio host knows, the quality of our waking hours is determined by the time we spend snoozing between the sheets. But for all the strides science has made in neurology, remarkably little is understood about the science of sleep, as journalist David K. Randall discovered. After a sleepwalking accident left Randall limping around the Reuters newsroom, he decided to investigate the field of sleep studies, "a land where science is still in its infancy and cultural attitudes are constantly changing." 

Randall's research uncovers significant insights into the science of sleep, and the extent to which the our sleep habits affect relationships, health, work and much more in our waking hours. He chronicles it all in his new book, "Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep."