The Sleepyhead’s Bedside Companion

Sean Coughlan

The Sleepyhead’s Bedside Companion

Sleep has become a modern obsession, in our overcrowded lives it's what we crave more than almost anything else. But how much do we know about this mysterious nightly pleasure? Sleep has its own fascinating history. Why did Charles Dickens need a compass to sleep? Why did Elizabethans rub dormouse fat onto their feet? Who was the insomniac prime minister who was forced to quit? How did Pepys make himself have erotic dreams? Look around a bedroom and there's a rich culture of sleep. Pyjamas from the Indian Raj, mattresses brought back from the crusafes and the electric blanket from draughty TB clinics. There are other big questions. Does counting sheep work? Can astronauts snore in space? Does alcohol help or hinder sleep? What is a husband pillow? And what are the best movies about sleep? The Sleepyhead's Bedside Companion takes a journey into sleep heaven and sleep hell. 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
The Sleepyhead’s Bedside Companion

Omniscore:

Classification Non-fiction
Genre Science & Nature, Family & Lifestyle
Format Hardback
Pages 272
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication March 2009
ISBN 978-1848091184
Publisher Preface
 

Sleep has become a modern obsession, in our overcrowded lives it's what we crave more than almost anything else. But how much do we know about this mysterious nightly pleasure? Sleep has its own fascinating history. Why did Charles Dickens need a compass to sleep? Why did Elizabethans rub dormouse fat onto their feet? Who was the insomniac prime minister who was forced to quit? How did Pepys make himself have erotic dreams? Look around a bedroom and there's a rich culture of sleep. Pyjamas from the Indian Raj, mattresses brought back from the crusafes and the electric blanket from draughty TB clinics. There are other big questions. Does counting sheep work? Can astronauts snore in space? Does alcohol help or hinder sleep? What is a husband pillow? And what are the best movies about sleep? The Sleepyhead's Bedside Companion takes a journey into sleep heaven and sleep hell.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Piero Bohoslawec

...an amusing and informative trawl through the science, folklore, myth and history of sleep... As a whole, the book feels a little overstretched for its subject matter but the publisher obviously hopes you’ll want to keep a copy by your bedside to dip into.

30/03/2009

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