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Sleep : a very short introduction / Steven W. Lockley and Russell G. Foster.

By: Lockley, Steven W.
Contributor(s): Foster, Russell G.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Very short introductions: 295.Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012Description: xvi, 146 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 9780199587858 (pbk. : alk. paper); 019958785X.Subject(s): SleepDDC classification: 612.821
Contents:
Sleep through the ages -- Sleep generation and regeneration : a framework -- The sleeping brain -- The reasons for sleep -- The seven ages of sleep -- When sleep suffers -- Sleep and health -- Sleep and society -- The 24-hour society.
Summary: "This Very Short Introduction addresses the biological and psychological aspects of sleep, providing a basic understanding of what sleep is and how it is measured, a look at sleep through the human lifespan, and the causes and consequences of major sleep disorders"--Publisher's web site.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 135-140) and index.

Sleep through the ages -- Sleep generation and regeneration : a framework -- The sleeping brain -- The reasons for sleep -- The seven ages of sleep -- When sleep suffers -- Sleep and health -- Sleep and society -- The 24-hour society.

"This Very Short Introduction addresses the biological and psychological aspects of sleep, providing a basic understanding of what sleep is and how it is measured, a look at sleep through the human lifespan, and the causes and consequences of major sleep disorders"--Publisher's web site.

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CHOICE Review

This book's title indeed conveys its intentions and writing format. As part of Oxford's ongoing short series on hundreds of diverse subjects, it provides a concise but thorough description of sleep. This complex biological state continues to intrigue investigative researchers as well as the general population. Neuroscientists Lockley (Harvard Medical School) and Foster (Univ. of Oxford, UK) have organized the work into nine chapters covering major topics related to sleep in humans and other species. These include "Sleep through the Ages," "Sleep Generation and Regulation," "The Sleeping Brain," "The Reasons for Sleep," and "Sleep and Society." Beyond the extensive studies addressed, the book offers balanced discussions on unresolved sleep topics. It also provides a practical, helpful comparison of dos and don'ts about human "sleep hygiene." The authors focus on contrasting theoretical perspectives and data regarding sleep's possible neurological and functional purposes. They note sleep's evolutionary roles and its regulation and importance in health, shift work, and travel. However, the significant contributions of certain sleep researchers are noticeably absent. The work includes informative graphics and charts to support understanding and additional readings by chapter and a few related websites for further study. Its minimal size results in extremely small print. Summing Up: Recommended. Students of all levels, faculty, and general readers. J. N. Muzio emeritus, CUNY Kingsborough Community College

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Professor Russell G. Foster, PhD, FRS, is the Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford and Senior Kurti Fellow, Brasenose College. He has published more than 120 original reports and reviews, many in top-ranked clinical journals and many book chapters and editorials. Professor Foster is also the author of several books on circadian rhythms, including the very successful Rhythms of Life (ProfileBooks, 2005) which explained the new science of chronobiology to the lay reader as well as becoming a standard text on university courses around the world. More recently, he has published Seasons of Life(Profile Books, 2010). Professor Steven W. Lockley, PhD, is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. He has published more than 50 original reports, reviews, and editorials and has also written chapters for several neuroscience and sleep disorders textbooks.

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