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The Nocturnal Brain
The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep | Dr. Guy Leschziner
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A renowned neurologist shares the true stories of people unable to get a good nights rest in The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep, a fascinating exploration of the symptoms and syndromes behind sleep disorders. For Dr. Guy Leschziners patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, apnea, and sleepwalking are just a sampling of conditions afflicting sufferers who cannot sleepand their experiences in trying are the stuff of nightmares. Demoniac hallucinations frighten people into paralysis. Restless legs rock both the sleepless and their sleeping partners with unpredictable and uncontrollable kicking. Out-of-sync circadian rhythms confuse the natural body clocks days and nights. Then there are the extreme cases. A woman in a state of deep sleep who gets dressed, unlocks her car, and drives for several miles before returning to bed. The man who has spent decades cleaning out kitchens while sleep-eating. The teenager prone to the serious, yet unfortunately nicknamed Sleeping Beauty Syndrome stuck in a cycle of excessive unconsciousness, binge eating, and uncharacteristic displays of aggression and hypersexuality while awake. With compassionate stories of his patients and their conditions, Dr. Leschziner illustrates the neuroscience behind our sleeping minds, revealing the many biological and psychological factors necessary in getting the rest that will not only maintain our physical and mental health, but improve our cognitive abilities and overall happiness.
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JSW
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Interesting series of case studies, with medical discussion of their diagnoses. Very accessible to non-scientists.

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julesG
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I'm giving the #QuotsyOct19 a go.

@TK-421

#Midnight

Still have to finish the book.

GingerAntics LOVE this quote! I may need to read this book. This is me!!! Night owls are smarter than morning people, but we‘re not open to that anymore. I would love a job where I could have a night shift. Give me a night shift ANYDAY! (edited) 2mo
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LauraJ
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An endlessly fascinating topic for me.

Hestapleton This sounds so interesting! 3mo
LauraJ @Hestapleton So far it is. Science is making such rapid research advances that I always learn something new from these books. 3mo
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