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message 1: by Jon (new)

Jon Wow...sounds like the go-to book on this subject. Was the subtitle a little misleading?--sounds like it might be a primer for dream analysis.


message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily I think they meant the subtitle to imply "sleep and dreams are powerful"--you're right that "unlocking" has a sense of "demystifying" that's a bit off. There no talk about dream interpretation here, except to explain how Freud was off-base.


message 3: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Theiss Thanks for a great review. I just finished this book and agree with your assessment wholeheartedly. A couple of surprises for me were the ideal sleep temperature of 65 and the fact that LED light suppresses melatonin production. Guess who just replaced all her bulbs with LEDs?


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily Oh yeah, I've done all LEDs as well. But my understanding is that the color matters. LED screens like computers and phones skew very blue, and that's the problem. I use Night Shift and f.lux to moderate my device screens, and my LED lightbulbs are warm in color, so I think I'm good. Also, I'm not planning to turn my thermostat below 65 (brr).


message 5: by Ericramirez18 (new)

Ericramirez18 Excellent review Emily, thanks!


message 6: by Jaffrey (new)

Jaffrey Yusuf Hi Emily, does he say if 7 hours constitute as optimum sleep? Or do we need to hit 8 hrs?


message 7: by Emily (new)

Emily You'd do better to read it than rely on my memory, but I think he'd say 7 hours is inadequate. There is a small proportion of people who may be fully rested in that amount of time, but it's many fewer than you'd think and you shouldn't bet on being one of them.


message 8: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie DeMoss Thanks for the informative review. I’m mostly interested in this book because I’ve always wished I didn’t have to sleep because it seems like a waste of time. I could get so much more done if I didn’t have to sleep. I’d like to see the benefits of sleep. I’ve never been much concerned about losing sleep. To me it seemed like gaining time. I will check the book out.


message 9: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie DeMoss Thanks for the informative review. I’m mostly interested in reading the book because I’ve always wished I didn’t have to sleep. Sleep seems like such a waste of time. I’ve always felt like I could get so much more done if I didn’t have to sleep. I will check the book out. I’m interested to see the benefits of sleep. I’ve never been much concerned about losing sleep for as long as I could stay awake.


message 10: by David (new)

David Great summary. I have not read a book this important in many years.


message 11: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I haven't heard this book since I was just around 4 and I am now 8years old so I haven't seen it is 4 years


message 12: by Mirela (new)

Mirela Great book! I liked especially references from animal world.


message 13: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Hi Emily, where did you find the “references to serious primary literature”? I looked at the end and I looked for footnotes and didn’t see anything! If I had, I would have kept reading because it’s an important topic. Thanks in advance for responding.


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