Understanding Sleep and Dreaming

  • William H. Moorcroft

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Prologue A Visit to a Sleep and Dreams Lab

  3. Sleep and Sleeping

  4. What Causes us to Sleep?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Pages 79-95
    3. Pages 97-119
  5. Dreams and Dreaming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-126
    2. Pages 127-149
    3. Pages 151-170
  6. Problems with Sleeping and Dreaming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-203
  7. Why We Sleep and Dream

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-265
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 311-339

About this book


Although sleep has been the subject of serious study for several decades, there has not been available an integrated, introductory text for more than ten years. Understanding Sleep and Dreaming fills this need with complete coverage of all aspects of sleep, dreaming, and sleep disorders, and is comprehensible as well as comprehensive. In accessible language, this text reviews the basic physiological mechanisms of sleep and the intertwined psychological ramifications. Most important, it is up-to-date, containing the latest information on the influence of orexin/hypocretin, nocturnal eating syndrome, the local cell theory of sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation, and the advantages of delaying school start times for teenagers.

Distilling twenty five years of combined clinical, research, and teaching experience, Dr. Moorcroft has created an excellent text for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals as well as for the general reader who wants a better understanding of the sleep process and its disorders.


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Authors and affiliations

  • William H. Moorcroft
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Luther College of Sleep and Dreaming Laboratory and Psychology DepartmentDecorah
  2. 2.Colorado State UniversityFort Collins

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-24965-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-28698-3
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