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Nodding off : the science of sleep from cradle to grave / Alice Gregory.
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9781472946188

9781472946171
Publication Information:
London : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
304 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
Sleep 101 -- Sleeping like a baby: sleep in the first years of life -- Preschool and school-aged children: the rainbow of sleep problems -- Laaazzzy? Adolescents' sleep -- Sleep in youth: sleep, atypical development and mental health -- Becoming an adult: a sleep a day helps us to work, rest and play -- Sleep during the rush-hour years of our lives -- It's a long hard night: the sleep of older adults -- A ticket to the Land of Nod: tips to get your best sleep and make dreams come true.
Abstract:
Sleep is vital to the way we learn, remember and forget, to how we feel about family and partners, our wellbeing, and our mental and physical health. It is essential for life itself. In Nodding Off, renowned sleep researcher Alice Gregory explores every aspect of sleep, from the different stages of sleep and how our sleeping patterns change throughout our lives, to what happens when things go wrong and getting some shut-eye becomes more of a trial than a pleasure.
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Summary

Sleep is vital to the way we learn, remember and forget, to how we feel about family and partners, our wellbeing, and our mental and physical health. It is essential for life itself. In Nodding Off , renowned sleep researcher Alice Gregory explores every aspect of sleep, from the different stages of sleep and how our sleeping patterns change throughout our lives, to what happens when things go wrong and getting some shut-eye becomes more of a trial than a pleasure.

Using cutting-edge findings in the field, Gregory tackles the big questions, such as:

- How do things that happen before we are even born affect our sleep?
- What sleep problems should raise a red flag in children?
- How do genes influence the way we sleep?
- What are the consequences of sleep problems in the elderly?
- Why are scientists turning to sleep disorders such as sleep paralysis to try to understand paranormal experiences?

Most of us spend a large portion of our lives asleep without ever thinking about why we do this. Nodding Off lifts the lid on this mysterious and universal past time. It examines all of the biggest sleep secrets, and Professor Gregory provides solutions to some of the common sleep problems that people suffer throughout their lives.


Author Notes

Alice Gregory is a highly respected expert on sleep throughout development. She has been researching sleep for more than a decade and has published more than 100 articles on this and associated topics. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford, her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, and is currently a Reader at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Gregory collaborates widely with other sleep experts throughout the world, and has the latest research on sleep at her fingertips. As a parent of two young children herself, she is well qualified to provide an informed, friendly and amusing narrative on the important issue of sleep.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A thorough and somewhat exhausting resource on the subject of rest, this book covers the importance of healthy sleep from the womb to old age. Gregory, a sleep researcher, discusses abnormal sleep patterns, disorders, and sleep deprivation, while also offering tips for sounder sleep, such as fresh sheets, keeping pets out of bed, and removing the television from the bedroom. She tackles such questions as how one's genetic wiring might affect one's nights and whether sleep disorders in children could be linked to experiences in the womb. Gregory strikes a cautious tone, noting the limitations of the numerous studies mentioned and reminding readers that the science of sleep is far from conclusive. She suggests parents get adolescent children to bed by "10 p.m. or earlier," citing studies which found a relationship between late bedtimes and depression-but acknowledges that depression could just as easily be a cause as an effect. Throughout, she notes there are "as many unanswered questions as answered ones," such as why sleep quality tends to decline with age, citing such possible factors as changes in behavior, hormone levels, and health. A compendium of science, trivia, and common sense, this book will have some readers excited, and others yawning by the end of the first chapter. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Among the plethora of recent sleep science books, Gregory's (psychology, Univ. of London) is a standout. Chapters are organized by life stage, each including age--appropriate sleep advice, such as exciting bedtime stories may cause children to sleep less well than will more calming tales. A notable section on infant sleep discusses the genetics of sleep and the influence of nature vs. nurture in rest patterns. The author introduces sleep disorders in the chapter corresponding to the age at which each particular problem can first appear. One segment covers sleep in children with autism and ADHD. More than half of the volume is dedicated to the sleep habits and concerns of people age 25 and under, which is unique in sleep science books not specifically written about children. The final chapter ends with a thought experiment about pills that might eventually do away with our need for sleep. VERDICT Of particular interest to parents and educators who deal with issues surrounding children's and teen's sleep (or lack thereof), but also useful to those of any age who suffer from problems that prevent proper rest.-Rachel Owens, Daytona State Coll. Lib., FL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Note from the Authorp. 9
Prologuep. 11
Chapter 1 Sleep 101p. 17
Chapter 2 Sleeping Like a Baby Sleep in the First Years of Lifep. 37
Chapter 3 Preschool and School-Aged Children: The Rainbow of Sleep Problemsp. 67
Chapter 4 Laaazzzy? Adolescents' Sleepp. 101
Chapter 5 Sleep in Youth Sleep, Atypical Development and Mental Healthp. 127
Chapter 6 Becoming an Adult A Sleep a Day Helps Us Work, Rest and Playp. 153
Chapter 7 Sleep During the Rush-Hour Years of Our Livesp. 171
Chapter 8 It's a Long Hard Night the Sleep of Older Adultsp. 205
Chapter 9 A Ticket to the Land of Nod: Tips to Get Your Best Sleep and Make Dreams Come Truep. 227
Referencesp. 255
Acknowledgementsp. 296
Indexp. 299