Understanding Sleep and Dreaming / Edition 1

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Although sleep has been the subject of serious study for several decades, there has not been available an integrated, introductory text for more than 10 years. Understanding Sleep and Dreaming fills this need with complete coverage of all aspects of sleep, dreaming, and sleep disorders, and is comprehensible as well as comprehensive. In accessible language, this text reviews the basic physiological mechanisms of sleep and the intertwined psychological ramifications. Most important, it is up to date, containing the latest information on the influence of orexin/hypocretin, nocturnal eating syndrome, the local cell theory of sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation, and the advantages of delaying school start times for teenagers. Distilling 25 years of combined clinical, research, and teaching experience, Dr. Moorcroft has created an excellent text for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals, as well as for the general reader who wants a better understanding of the sleep process and its disorders.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Janet M. Dunn, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This college course book covers both the generalities and specifics of sleep in a way that holds the reader's attention.
Purpose: The goal of helping a novice learn about the many aspects of sleep is met is a non-threatening fashion. Given the newer ideas and understanding in the field, this book is a good tool for those learning about the subject of sleep.
Audience: College students with no previous sleep education are the chosen audience of this publication. However; it could also prove useful for medical students, residents and nurse practitioner students as well. The author is a PhD in the field with other books and papers on sleep to his credit.
Features: This book covers sleep from the basic to the more technical features in a manner that is easy to digest. A nice balance is achieved between the more concrete scientific features and the historical aspects of sleep. The addition of cultural trends and psychoanalytic theory is welcome. Highlighted boxes sprinkled throughout the book present easy-to-digest pearls on particular topics.
Assessment: It is a solid book in both content and structure. I found this book to be both well-written and occasionally entertaining.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387249650
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Edition description: 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Moorcroft received his Ph.D. in psychobiology from Princeton University. He started a sleep research laboratory at Luther College in which he studied various aspects of sleep and dreaming. Since his retirement from teaching and research he shifted into a clinical practice of helping people with insomnia, bad dreams and nightmares, and young children with sleep problems by changing thoughts and behaviors rather than drugs. To date he has helped close to 500 people to sleep better. Dr. Moorcroft continues to study, lecture about, write about, and treat sleep, dreaming, and sleep disorders.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Visit To A Sleep and Dreams Lab Part I: SLEEP AND SLEEPING
1. What Is Sleep and How Is It Scientifically Measured?
2. The Need to Sleep
3. Normal Variations of Sleep Part II: WHAT CAUSES US TO SLEEP?
4. The Brain in Sleep
5. The Body During Sleep Section III: DREAMS AND DREAMING
6. Dreams
7. Dreaming
8. Theories of Dreams and Dreaming Section IV: PROBLEMS WITH SLEEP AND DREAMING
9. Some Difficulties That People May Have With Sleep
10. Disorders of Sleep, Part 1
11. Disorders of Sleep, Part 2 Section V: WHY WE SLEEP AND DREAM
12. Functions of Sleep and NREMS
13. Functions of REMS and Dreaming. Epilogue

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