Today's work schedules, environments, and policies not only ignore what is known about the body's circadian rhythms, states the author (himself an expert on day-night rhythms of human alertness and fatigue), they actively counter biological cycles and propensities. But chronobiology, a hot research topic now starting to move out of the lab to address real life, may help modern societies address these problems. Moore-Ede (physiology, Harvard Medical Sch.) does not offer simple solutions. He argues that major shifts in thinking about scheduling, environmental stimulation, and strategic napping, plus greater commercialization of devices for light therapy, could greatly improve the health and productivity of U.S. workers. This book is likely to interest the many people who work odd or late hours; suffer from jet lag, insomnia, or other sleep disorders; or find themselves tired and stressed by a relentless schedule. Highly recommended.-- M.E. Chitty, Biotrends Research, Natick, Ma.
With cellular phones and the find-you-anywhere pagers--as well as other technology--it's more difficult for a person to get away from the concerns of work in this society, let alone get a decent night's sleep. Moore-Ede discusses the repercussions caused by the current state of affairs and suggests how individuals can slow down. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)