Sleep and Dreaming

Sleep and Dreaming

by Jacon Empson, Jacob Empson

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ISBN-13: 9780133021189
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

DR JACOB EMPSON is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Hull. He is the author of Human Brainwaves (Macmillan, 1986) and many academic papers on sleep, biological rhythms and human factors.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionix
A Note on Michael Wangxiii
Part IThe Context of Sleep Research
1The Obvious: Beliefs About Sleep and Dreaming3
Sleep folklore3
The interpretation of dreams16
2Studying Sleep in the Laboratory20
The story of the electroencephalograph (EEG)20
Modern EEG techniques22
The EEG during sleep25
Sleep norms31
Part IIThe Experience of Sleep
3The Dreams of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep41
The natural history of dreaming41
Experimental investigations46
4The Quality of the Sleeping Experience51
The experience of sleep51
Some memorable dream themes60
5What is a Dream?71
A description of dreaming71
The psychoanalytic approach72
Some recent ideas74
Part IIIThe Physiology and Natural History of Sleep
6The Physiology of Sleep85
Biological rhythms and sleep85
Hormonal changes correlated with sleep and circadian rhythm98
Physiological mechanisms of sleep and waking104
Neurophysiology of the sleep states107
7Sleep Disturbance112
The effects of sleep deprivation112
Schedules of sleep118
Practical implications of sleep disturbance124
8The Psychology of Sleep128
Perception and memory in sleep128
Behaviour during sleep135
Waking up138
9Determinants of Sleep Quality142
Food, exercise and sleep142
The effects of drugs on sleep144
10The Sleep of Animals152
Birds and reptiles159
11The Evolution and Functions of Sleep163
Restorative theories164
Is sleep a waste of time?169
Evolution and sleep172
Part IVSleep Disorders
12Adult Sleep Disorders179
The nature and scale of sleep disorders179
Types of sleep disorder183
Cures and palliatives191
13The Psychological Treatment of Insomnia (by Michael Wang)196
A note on the nature of insomnia196
Aetiological theories197
Meta-analyses of outcome studies207
14Children's Sleep Problems209
Disorders of arousal214
Postscript and Further Reading217
AppendixThe Hull Sleep and Dreaming Questionnaire219

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Reviews of Previous editions:

'This book is as good an introduction to the wide scope of sleep and sleep research as one could wish to find. Can be recommended to all who wish to gain an initial introduction to the subject of sleep.' - Colin Shapiro, Times Higher Educational Supplement

'Empson's book is well written, the best of its kind, and one that deserves to be widely bought.' - Ian Oswald, Nature'

This excellent book... provides a range of information which would be of interest to and accessible to anyone with no specific knowledge about sleep and dreams, and yet manages to include sufficient literary and scientific information so that even seasoned sleep researchers will find interesting nuggets and unusual insights.' - British Journal of Psychiatry

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