Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Craig H. Heller
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Sleep is the subject of intense scientific debate among biologists and neuroscientists. Why must we spend about one-third of our lives asleep? What exactly is sleep? Why does a lack of sleep impair our cognitive abilities and leave us vulnerable to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to reduced resistance to infectious disease?
These 24 engrossing lectures take you to the forefront of the field to reveal what happens in the sleeping brain right down to the cellular and molecular level. You'll investigate what biological changes occur during wakefulness that are reversed during sleep - and why your brain forces you to fall asleep to repay an accumulated sleep deficit, no matter how dangerous the circumstances.
The science of sleep encompasses basic concepts of electricity, neuroanatomy, and neurochemistry, which are responsible for the "architecture of sleep." Professor Heller explains the science behind our circadian rhythms, REM and non-REM sleep, the physiology of dreaming, and more.
Sleep pathologies and disorders are among the most fascinating topics of the course. From disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and restless leg syndrome to parasomnias such as sleepwalking and night terrors, the most up-to-date findings in the science of sleep are truly riveting.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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Ok but feels like could be condensed into 3h

It's a series of great lectures but more about sleep research than sleep itself. I find myself listening to 30min bits that explain a specific research method where the final observation is explained in just few seconds at the end of the 30min. If this was just about 'what we know about sleep' it could easily be condensed into a few hour lecture not 12h as it currently is. (I do care about research, but in this case I wanted to learn about sleep not how to setup cameras and lure a bear)
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- Daniel

Fascinating, I highly recommend

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This is the best of the 'Great Courses' I've listened to. It's fascinating and presented in a way that makes it easy to follow. I already knew quite a bit about this area and I learned so much more from this course.

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- Joanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses