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Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams
Paul Martin

A brilliant overview of that most vital, most underrated and most elusive of human activities, sleep.Using the approach and skills he deployed to such successful effect on the relationship between mind and body in the prize-winning ‘The Sickening Mind’, likeable British popular science author Paul Martin here tackles the science of that most mysterious, elusive and alluring of human activities, sleeping, and draws on both cutting-edge neuroscience and classic literature to do so.We spend one third of our lives asleep, but know hardly anything about it, and can remember so little of it as we come out of it. Why?Are dreams the place we go to resolve our problems, emasculate our fears and rehearse our hopes? Why are we paralysed when we dream? Why did sleep evolve?And is anybody getting enough sleep?


The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams


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First published in Great Britain by HarperCollinsPublishers 2002

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Version: 2016-02-11


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Title Page (#u9107714d-ed60-510f-8976-9b68940ee021)

Copyright (#u8bab2137-8c70-51b4-aad3-c41332c36563)

PART I: PRELIMINARIES (#u534b858d-4b59-5aa3-ab51-070d7768eea6)

1: A Third of Life (#uc050b292-b7ef-520d-9723-b15099ecb4b3)

A sleep-sick society? (#ulink_e2384876-eacb-5ddd-8084-65fbf35183ed)

The universal imperative (#ulink_ed620ba9-9745-5479-9f07-85a8ec6715f3)

Half asleep (#ulink_08143b2d-cd18-50f8-ad75-388778404476)

Nice, not naughty (#ulink_c0444367-682c-53a6-89e9-a12457fba012)

PART II: INSUFFICIENCIES (#ub710fa96-b025-54af-bf3b-5b7d70b3a5a7)

2: Sleepy People (#u85dea0be-480b-570b-aad0-925a575e8049)

Are we sleep-deprived? (#ulink_fe5a0cad-4d97-5b63-a7bb-d9cf7daea491)

Are you sleep-deprived? (#ulink_4147fc1b-77dd-5d2f-9ba6-ab5571ad6dd1)

Reasons for not sleeping (#ulink_d08c104c-673c-54bf-87e4-56c1369891c4)

Ancient and modern (#ulink_e73b743e-63df-5856-a4d6-90093cd1dd70)

Sleepy drivers (#ulink_0643902d-ddb4-5187-8819-0cd9e711ee35)

Sleepy pilots (#ulink_838729e3-6261-5c3b-9997-d00f25214ee1)

Sleepy doctors (#ulink_36b6e00e-5b16-5e6f-9770-a2d0c6b82975)

The madness of politicians (#ulink_6cc25b44-5507-554b-aca7-673fc0d8e902)

Truly, madly, sleepily (#ulink_9d6ee05c-2417-52dd-8ea8-2302adb003cf)

The price of eternal vigilance is liberty (#ulink_69da4085-2e99-5364-b785-5c1b1f2d4f65)

3: Dead Tired (#u30b7ddb6-7431-5612-b355-a029da480b32)

Sleepiness (#ulink_81fa281f-3984-51f4-b95c-dedd4680d9fe)

Fighting the beast (#ulink_46a4edee-a805-5e7f-8889-4f3c6107acdb)

A soil for peevishness (#ulink_35a0e7d1-d74a-5bfe-a66b-b06123da7134)

Tired people are stupid and reckless (#ulink_ef3870d3-3db6-5d18-b4b7-60db998cfccc)

Alcohol, beauty and old age (#ulink_a02e9f05-03d5-5079-b204-3bf3edf53a1d)

Champion wakers (#ulink_75db5262-c5f6-5a34-878a-5723c74b53a2)

Uses and abuses (#ulink_1d3af885-9d46-5d54-ae0b-38ea58ba6325)

4: The Golden Chain (#uffe99068-ecfa-5859-a988-74273041693f)

A waking death (#ulink_6754d5e1-dc33-521d-b290-ac9245933eaf)
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