Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave

Alice Gregory

Did you know that we spend a third of our lives asleep? It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. Despite sleep being a vital part of our lives, most of us actually know very little about it. Alice Gregory’s book, Nodding Off, sheds light on this fascinating topic.

As a psychology professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, Gregory specializes in sleep research. In Nodding Off, she delves into the purpose, psychology, and physiology of sleep at different stages of life, from babies to the elderly. She also explores the barriers to good sleep, including sleep disorders, and provides insights into the latest research on their causes and potential remedies. Throughout the book, Gregory shares research projects, expert testimonies, and personal anecdotes.

While the field of sleep research is still evolving, Gregory writes at the forefront of this exciting area. However, what may be considered “good” or “bad” sleep is subjective and varies from person to person. Parents and those with serious sleep conditions may find Nodding Off particularly helpful. Parents can gain insights into the biology behind their teenager’s laziness or their baby’s crying, while individuals with sleep disorders may be encouraged to seek medical help they’ve been avoiding. However, if you’re a poor sleeper like me, you may not find much new advice in the book.

Nevertheless, Nodding Off is a well-paced and engaging read. Gregory has a talent for explaining complex concepts to non-experts, using interesting analogies. Her passion for the subject shines through, making the book enjoyable even if you don’t find a solution to your sleep problems.

Discover the mysteries of the third of your life you spend asleep in Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Birth to Death.