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Secret World of Sleep The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest

ISBN-10: 0230107591

ISBN-13: 9780230107595

Edition: 2013

Authors: Penelope A. Lewis

List price: $27.00
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In recent years neuroscientists have uncovered the countless ways our brain trips us up in day-to-day life, from its propensity toward irrational thought to how our intuitions deceive us. The latest research on sleep, however, points in the opposite direction. Where old wives tales have long advised to "sleep on a problem," today scientists are discovering the truth behind these folk sayings, and how the busy brain radically improves our minds through sleep and dreams. InThe Secret World of Sleep, neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research into the nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep. She shows how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts. By understanding the roles that the nocturnal brain plays in our waking life, we can improve the relationship between the two, and even boost creativity and become smarter. This is a fascinating exploration of one of the most surprising corners of neuroscience that shows how science may be able to harness the power of sleep to improve learning, health, and more.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 8/27/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Why Sleep?
How Do We Know Sleep Is Important for the Brain?
Building Blocks of the Brain
How the Brain Controls Sleep
Mental Spring Cleaning While You Sleep
How and Why Memories Are "Replayed" in Sleep
What Is Dreaming and What Does It Tell Us About Memory?
Sleep, Semantics, and the Mind
Emotional Memories and Sleep
Does Sleep Disarm Dangerous Emotions?
Good Sleepers and Bad Sleepers
Getting the Most Out of Your Sleep
Brief Notes on How to Get the Sleep You Need
Notes
Index