The Complicated Science of Slumber

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

As any new parent, night-shift nurse, or early-morning radio host knows, the quality of our waking hours is determined by the time we spend snoozing between the sheets. But for all the strides science has made in neurology, remarkably little is understood about the science of sleep, as journalist David K. Randall discovered. After a sleepwalking accident left Randall limping around the Reuters newsroom, he decided to investigate the field of sleep studies, "a land where science is still in its infancy and cultural attitudes are constantly changing." 

Randall's research uncovers significant insights into the science of sleep, and the extent to which the our sleep habits affect relationships, health, work and much more in our waking hours. He chronicles it all in his new book, "Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep."

Guests:

David K. Randall

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn,N.Y.

We don't really need sleep, we need to dream. Once Scientists figure out how we can dream while awake, we will be able to work 24 hours a day. It will help us with paying our bills

Aug. 14 2012 12:59 PM

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