The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep

The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep

For Dr. Guy Leschziner's patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, sleep apnea, and sleepwalking are just a sampling of conditions afflicting sufferers who cannot sleep--and their experiences in trying are the stuff of nightmares. Demoniac hallucinations frighten people into paralysis. Restless legs rock both the sleepl For Dr. Guy Leschziner's patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, ...

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Title:The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep
Author:Guy Leschziner
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250202701
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:322 pages pages

The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep Reviews

  • Leonard
    Aug 10, 2019
    A look at sleep disorders from the perspective of a neurologist, when most of my previous knowledge about sleep, being a respiratory therapist, came from the perspective of pulmonologists. This was interesting as the author told stories of people he had as patient with unusual sleep di...
  • Baljit
    Jul 06, 2019
    An insight into the world of Sleep, science made into digestible portions. This neurologist gives a very human approach into sleep disorders and how they affect lives of ordinary people. I was intrigued, as some of the conditions were mentioned in my textbooks as one liners. It also ...
  • P-eggy
    Jul 15, 2019
    Like Oliver Sacks the author is both a neurologist and talented writer. Also like Oliver Sacks, but unlike most doctors and doctor-books, he does not regard the person who suffers from a disorder as being primarily the disorder. Neither of them would ever think of someone as autistic, ...
  • Canadian
    Aug 21, 2019
    Rating: 3.5 Most of us are aware of sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome. Some of us have family members who sleepwalk or sleep talk, and most of us have probably had episodes of insomnia. In this book, Dr. Leschziner covers all of these conditions and more. He also presents a num...
  • Kristy
    Sep 06, 2019
    A little too heavy on the neuroscience for me at times, The Nocturnal Brain is still an interesting, if at times slightly dry, read. What this book definitely did was make me appreciate my lack of sleep disorders aside from occasional snoring. ...
  • Trina
    Sep 20, 2019
    I received Nocturnal Brain from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is an amazing collection of case studies and information on the studies, or lack thereof, on the neurological processes that impact sleep. At first, I thougt that this book may be too scientific for t...
  • Ameya Warde
    Sep 17, 2019
    This was SUPER fascinating and I def recommend this book to others. Though, I remember a couple bits made me side-eye the author, including him referencing Freud multiple times without evven mentioning that freud was a fraudulent POS human which is :\. But, i found this book overall re...
  • Marie
    Sep 17, 2019
    This was a DNF for me. The interesting subject matter and my own experiences with sleep paralysis and sleep talking carried me through about 100 pages. That's also what got me up to 2 stars. However, the author's ableist and classist language grated on me, and after he referenced the r...
  • Sandra
    Sep 20, 2019
    Another random nonfiction title picked up at the library, but when I saw the title I knew I had to read it to see if I could learn more about my sleep issues, which don?t necessarily warrant a trip to a specialist... difficulty staying asleep, exhaustion during the day, intense and v...
  • Kristine
    Jul 23, 2019
    The Nocturnal Brain by Guy Leschziner is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July. I read this book about two nights after I was told that talked in my sleep, fretting over a cellphone app I downloaded in real life, but otherwise didn?t pay too much attention to. So, as I r...
  • Elaine
    Jun 24, 2019
    Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Nocturnal Brain. This is a fascinating book about some of the most popular sleep disorders (and not so popular) most people experience at least once in their lives, such as insomnia. The author, an expert in his field, uses case studi...
  • Paul
    Mar 09, 2019
    Thankfully I have never had any issues in sleeping. I put my head on the pillow and almost always I am asleep within a few minutes. I sleep deeply too, I missed the entire Great Storm in 1987 and was totally oblivious to a massive lightning storm that struck an oak tree opposite where ...
  • Deb Lancaster
    Jun 22, 2019
    Saw this guy on a whim at Hay this year. Fascinated by his talk, which described a few case studies in this book. Having finally read it I'm delighted it was just as fascinating. Very reminiscent of the books Oliver Sacks wrote, detailing case studies. In fact, he references Sacks a fe...
  • Adam
    Aug 04, 2019
    This was a great read after re-reading Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep recently and the different perspective offered here complements MW's detailed analyses well. Many will compare this to Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat which is fair but I found Guy's book to be more enga...
  • Robert Federline
    Sep 09, 2019
    A foray into an unfamiliar field is always filled with excitement and an opportunity to learn and grow. Neurology is of itself a fascinating field with largely unexplored areas of knowledge to give us insight into how our minds and bodies work and coordinate. The sub-field of sleep ...
  • Ioanna
    May 05, 2019
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The way in which the human brain functions during sleep still remains largely a mystery. But the things we already know are quite fascinating. In The Nocturnal Brain, Dr. Guy Leschzi...
  • June
    Aug 03, 2019
    Details on rare diseases (disorders), maybe essential to construct the core concept of the book, go beyond my curiosity, appear tedious to me, whom Chapter 13 Inception is the most relevant with. Hypothesis, insufficient evidence, temporary ?don?t know? answer and shape the unde...
  • Megan
    Aug 10, 2019
    I read this book in preparation for seeing Guy Leschziner at the Edinburgh Book Festival in a week's time. I'm looking forward to that session. Guy is a London-based Neurologist and Sleep Physician who has seen many many patients present with a huge variety of sleep disorders over h...
  • K.J. Charles
    May 17, 2019
    An interesting read in the vein of the Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat about the outer shores of sleep weirdness (people who sleep-ride motorbikes, or act out incredibly bizarre dreams, or have constantly shifting body clocks for no reason). The author writes with a lot of compassio...
  • Zan
    Sep 05, 2019
    I love this book in concept, and it definitely wasn't lacking in the data or factual basis departments. However, Leschziner crafts his work in a non-popular science manner in that readability of the concepts and case studies isn't necessarily tailored to an average knowledge base. ...
  • Annette Jordan
    Jul 22, 2019
    An excelling and fascinating book , The Nocturnal Brain by Dr Guy Leschziner is perfect for anyone curious to know more about one of the most mysterious of human activities - sleeping. Using examples and anecdotes from his clinical practice Dr. Leshziner first tries to explain the proc...
  • Nicole
    Aug 26, 2019
    Written with clear love and curious about his field, "The Nocturnal Brain" as questions and takes you on a ride. We readers witness the life-changing benefits of a proper diagnosis, and walk away with a greater understanding how why sleep is so important, and what a blessing it is if y...
  • Francesca Rodi
    Aug 30, 2019
    5 STARS! This book was so interesting. I couldn?t stop reading. I really loved the style of writing, it was clear and informative without too much jargon or technical complexity that might make you loose interest. The combination of information then story which then linked back to pr...
  • EbookWitched Diane
    Jun 10, 2019
    Well written and very interesting subject (in my opinion). The author recounts compelling stories, which were handled very well, and explains what science knows and doesn't about each experience. The ebook version was difficult to read due to the formatting, so I would recommend the h...
  • Joey Saunders
    May 26, 2019
    Case studies are intriguing and educational. Being a psychology teacher, I found a lot of stories that would add to student understanding of sleep disorders. It is easy to read but some technical language can be tricky. ...
  • Tania Bonora
    Aug 28, 2019
    This is a fascinating insight into all sleep disorders from both a doctor?s perspective and a patient?s experience. I enjoyed reading the case studies about real patients and then the research and history behind each of the nocturnal conditions. As I often have difficulty getting a...
  • Becca | Pages & Postcards
    Mar 06, 2019
    I've been fascinated with the human brain during sleep ever since my freshman year Intro to Psych class with my crazy professor. I've been trying to read more non-fiction lately, so I can't wait to give this one a try! ...
  • Ana Antunes
    Jul 09, 2019
    A very nice reading for those who have problems sleeping or for those who just want to know a bit more about how the brain works, particularly at night. I really did enjoy it, and I think although it's not very detailed it gives you a very nice introduction to how the brain works, and ...
  • Lisa
    Sep 15, 2019
    As some who suffers from insomnia, I found this book incredibly interesting. I may have given myself a few nightmarish fears over what I could be experiencing instead. One of the most intriguing non-fiction popular science books I have ever read. Only downside is that it's a little hea...
  • Nursebookie
    Jul 14, 2019
    The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep Thank you to the author, to netgalley and to @stmartinspress for the #arc of an ebook AUTHOR: Guy Leschziner GENRE: Non-Fiction, Science SYNOPSIS: The books describes stories of Dr. Guy Leschzi...