The Science of Sleep

Thursday, August 16, 2012

David K. Randall talks about his investigation into the strange science of sleep. In Dreamland: Adventures in the Science of Sleep, he explores the research into what goes on when we close our eyes. He takes readers from military battlefields to children’s bedrooms to show that sleep isn't as simple as it seems.


David K. Randall

Comments [6]


What does your guest know about night terrors?

Aug. 16 2012 01:22 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Is the limb movement disorder Mr. Randall said his sleep study found different from restless leg syndrome?

The lack of sleep paralysis during sleep that he described sounds like the flip side of the aspect of narcolepsy in which sleep paralysis occurs while the person is awake. Is anyone investigating whether there's any relationship between these 2 disorders?

Aug. 16 2012 01:20 PM
Artemis9109 from KY

Also I find Mr. Randall's comments interesting as I am a female. He said most sleep walkers are male.

Aug. 16 2012 01:17 PM
Gary from Long Island

The guest mentioned he has Periodic Limb Movement disorder, does he also have restless leg syndrome and how are they related?

Aug. 16 2012 01:16 PM
Gaby from jackson heights

can you ask him if he suffered high fever as a child? My son sleep walks and i attribute it start when he suffered a high fever which caused a febriel seizure.

Aug. 16 2012 01:12 PM
Artemis9109 from KY

I have walked in my sleep since I was a child. As I get older I do it much more often. Have woken up in my car, turning on the faucet and even sitting on my front porch. I also talk in my sleep but the walking really worries me. I wonder why the episodes have increased as I age?

Aug. 16 2012 01:10 PM

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