The Secret Life of Sleep

The Secret Life of Sleep

by Kat Duff


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The Secret Life of Sleep by Kat Duff

Unlock the astonishing facts, myths, and benefits of one of the most endangered human resources—sleep.

It has become increasingly clear that our sleep shapes who we are as much as, if not more than, we shape it.

While most sleep research hasn’t ven­tured far beyond research labs and treatment clinics, The Secret Life of Sleep taps into the enormous reservoir of human experiences to illuminate the complexities of a world where sleep has become a dwindling resource.

With a sense of infectious curiosity, award winning author Kat Duff mixes cutting-edge research with insightful narratives, surpris­ing insights, and timely questions to help us better understand what we’re losing before it’s too late.

The Secret Life of Sleep tackles the full breadth of what sleep means to people the world over. Embark on an exploration of what lies behind and beyond our eyelids when we surrender to the secret life of sleep.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582704685
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 876,347
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kat Duff is the award-winning author of The Alchemy of Illness and has written for Parabola Magazine and Ink and Ashes. Duff lives in northern New Mexico, where she works as a licensed counselor in private practice.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 When the Sandman Comes: Falling Asleep 1

2 Opening the Inn for Phantoms: Surrendering to Sleep 11

3 Cribs, Cradles, and Slings: Sleeping Babies Across Cultures 23

4 Sleep Stages: Western Science and Eastern Philosophy 41

5 Between Sleeps: The Midnight Watch 57

6 When Sleep Never Comes: Insomnias Toll 63

7 Downers, Benzos, and Z-Drugs: The Commercialization of Sleep 79

8 The Social Divide: Separating Sleep from Consciousness 95

9 When Sleeping Birds Fly: Half Awake and Half Asleep 105

10 The Invisible Labors of Sleep: Memory and Invention 115

11 Knitting Up the "Raveled Sleave of Care": Emotional Restoration 123

12 Sleep Has No Master: Subversive Dreaming 135

13 Ordinary Dreams: When One Hand Washes the Other 145

14 Big Dreams: Encounters with the Other Side 159

15 Waking Up Is Hard to Do: Internal and Social Time 169

16 Enamored with Wakefulness: Phasing Out Sleep 185

17 Waking Up Again: Doubt, Certainty, and the Future of Sleep 195

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 207

Recommended Reading 237

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Newconnexion More than 1 year ago
The Secret Life of Sleep, Kat Duff, Beyond Words/Atria Books, 2014, $24 We all do it. So does every other living creature. Some might consider sleeping to be mundane, but as modern society becomes increasingly round-the-clock, more people are chasing a good night’s sleep. Duff’s exhaustive research on sleep through the ages and in various cultures shows that the biological concept of sleep is affected by culture. It’s fascinating to learn how sleep has evolved even here in the U.S. The book also delves into the realm of dreams, including history, research and stories, and so much more, on any topic related to sleep. I have been a student of sleep research over the past several decades and have read many books on sleep and dreaming, but I learned a lot from this easy-to-read book.  — Alice R. Berntson, New Connexion Journal