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Sleep Thieves Paperback – April 3, 1997
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There is a test you can perform in order to understand how many hours of sleep you need. It's just great.
I wish all doctors read this masterpiece and instead of giving Valium or whatever to people with sleeping disorders, were giving them advices taken from this book. Once more, thank you Mr.Coren
This book shows that this is not the case. Our western work-ethos has led us to believe that sleeping is for weaklings and that sleeping very little is a sign of discipline and diligence . This book is full of examples of the results of that attitude. As a renowned researcher into the science of sleep, the Author is able to list a considerable number of instances where a lack of sleep did not only lead to less productivity, but led to downright disasters such as the sinking of the "Exxon Valdez" or the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
I found that the book gives a real insight into the importance of obtaining enough sleep. In my case, I found it convincing enough to change some of my habits and go to bed earlier, if need be. As the author shows, a like change throughout society might safe us billions of dollars per year.
Lighter in tone, and much more accessible to the most techno- or medio-phobic of lay readers is Sleep Thieves by Stanley Cohen. While Cohen's book does not have the same claim to impartial accuracy of the researcher, it gains ground by its engrossing style and an ability to merge folklore with medical studies. The whole, as it appears, is then dissected, and Cohen ends up destroying as many myths as Prof. Lavie in The Enchanted World of Sleep (in many cases, the same ones). Cohen does have a purpose with his book, and that is to say that as a culture, we are running up a "sleep debt"; that is, by denying ourselves the amount of sleep that our bodies need, we endanger ourselves and others. Before he gets to this conclusion, his common ground with Prof. Lavie is visited, including studies on sleep deprivation and its results, people's perceptions of sleep, and the amount of sleep that our bodies fall into without the self-regulating clock of the sun. His conclusion is tied together neatly, with a fine work of statistical research using the time lost and gained during the change from and to Daylight Savings Time. Lack of sleep, due to cultural demands, is a major cause of accidents that are often fatal.
Cohen's book, with its amazing conclusion that lives with you, makes it obvious that "sleep debt" is not just a funny phrase, but a real problem, and one that is being ignored by almost everyone. It is time, as Cohen ironically states, for us to wake up about sleep.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have such a different view of sleep now, and I am experimenting too see what increases/decreases will do for me and my family.Published 10 months ago by Christopher Stone
Seems well-informed. And seems to attempt for balance. Or at least to represent alternate points of view. Do I sleep too little? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Larry P Kunz
I ordered this book a couple days ago for my summer hw. It got here 2 days early! The book quality is pretty good for a great price :)Published on June 1, 2013 by KAT
I loved this book--I thought it was extremely informative and well written. But I have one nitpick. Coren says that the creator of Coca-Cola "turned first to the cocoa plant, but... Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Shavon Walker
I'm not saying that the book was poor, but it didn't have a lasting affect. Something along the lines of getting sleep is a good thing is the take-away. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book presents an amazing clear, well-reasoned, and compelling case for more sleep and for taking lack of sleep seriously. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Lisa