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Sleep: A Very Short Introduction

Steven W. Lockley and Russell G. Foster

March 2012

ISBN: 9780199587858

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Why do we need sleep? What happens when we don't get enough? From the biology and psychology of sleep and the history of sleep in science, art, and literature; to the impact of a 24/7 society and the role of society in causing sleep disruption, this Very Short Introduction answers everything you've ever wanted to know about sleep.

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Why do we need sleep? What happens when we don't get enough? From the biology and psychology of sleep and the history of sleep in science, art, and literature; to the impact of a 24/7 society and the role of society in causing sleep disruption, this Very Short Introduction answers everything you've ever wanted to know about sleep.

  • Answers all of the pertinent questions - what is sleep? why do we need sleep? how much sleep is enough? what happens when we don't get enough sleep?
  • Explores sleep changes in relation to pregnancy, newborns, children, adolescents, middle age and menopause, old age, and dementia
  • Considers the impact of out modern 24/7 society on our sleep and its patterns
  • Looks at some of the major sleep disorders

About the Author(s)

Steven W. Lockley, Neuroscientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital: Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, and Russell G. Foster, Chair Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Professor of Circadian Neuroscience, Senior Kurti Fellow Brasenose College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Table of Contents

    1: The history of sleep
    2: The generation and regeneration of sleep
    3: The sleeping brain
    4: The reasons for sleep
    5: The seven ages of sleep
    6: When sleep suffers
    7: Sleep and health
    8: Society and sleep
    9: The 24/7 society
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    Further reading