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Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep

The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams

Paul Martin

Thomas Dunne Books



Does the early bird really catch the worm, or end up healthy, wealthy, and wise? Can some people really exist on just a few hours' sleep a night? Does everybody dream? Do fish dream? How did people cope before alarm clocks and caffeine? And is anybody getting enough sleep?

Even though we will devote a third of our lives to sleep, we still know remarkably little about its origins and purpose. Paul Martin's Counting Sheep answers these questions and more in this illuminating work of popular science. Even the wonders of yawning, the perils of sleepwalking, and the strange ubiquity of nocturnal erections are explained in full.

To sleep, to dream: Counting Sheep reflects the centrality of these activities to our lives and can help readers respect, understand, and extract more pleasure from that delicious time when they're lost to the world.


Praise for Counting Sheep

“Energetic and immensely readable, this is as good a popular science book as I have read.” —Evening Standard

“Everything you could possibly wish to know about sleep, lack of sleep, dreams, sleepwalking, nightmares, snoring, napping, and sudden sleep death syndrome. Marvellous.” —Sunday Times

“A fascinating account of what happens during the dark third of our lives.” —Sunday Telegraph

“Martin weaves literary references to sleep, up-to-date science, and his own philosophical musings and creates an engaging and fascinating read.” —Liz Hollis, Health & Fitness

“Wide-ranging and informed.” —Jim Horne, New Scientist

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About the author

Paul Martin

Paul Martin received a Ph.D. in behavioral biology at Cambridge University. He was a Harkness Fellow in the School of Medicine at Stanford and is the author of The Healing Mind.

Paul Martin

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