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Understanding sleep and dreaming

Author: William H Moorcroft
Publisher: Boston : Springer, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Sleep is compelling--we cannot do without it. Until recently there have been many mysteries and misunderstandings about sleep and the dreams that accompany it. In recent years scientists have turned greater attention to sleep and dreaming resulting in greater understanding of what they are and how they work, leading to more informed speculations about their functions. The updated Second Edition of Understanding  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William H Moorcroft
ISBN: 9781461464662 1461464668
OCLC Number: 851397494
Description: xiv, 369 pages : illustrations
Contents: 1. A visit to a sleep and dreams lab --
Part I. Sleep and sleeping. 2. What is sleep and how is it scientifically measured --
3. The need to sleep --
4. Normal variations of sleep --
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Part II. What causes us to sleep? 5. The brain in sleep --
6. The body during sleep --
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Part III. Dreams and dreaming. 7. Dreams --
8. Dreaming --
9. Modern theories of dreams and dreaming --
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Part IV. Why we sleep and dream. 10. Functions of sleep and NREMS --
11. The functions of REMS and dreaming --
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Part V. Problems with sleeping and dreaming. 12. Some difficulties that people may have with sleep --
13. Disorders of sleep.
Responsibility: William H. Moorcroft.
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This book covers physiological sleep mechanisms, brain function, psychological ramifications of sleep, dimensions of dreaming, and clinical disorders associated with sleep. This new edition reflects  Read more...

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Praise for the First Edition: "Although sleep has been the subject of serious study for several decades, there has not been available an integrated, introductory text for more than 10 years. Read more...

 
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