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The Nocturnal Brain by Dr Guy Leschziner

The Nocturnal Brain

Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience

Dr Guy Leschziner

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2 reviews

Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 1 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781471176357

A brilliant new narrative on sleep deprivation - its causes and effects - through the case studies of one of the world's leading experts.

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4 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
10 Mar 2019

"this book is a serious contribution by a serious expert"

These are compelling stories and they illustrate fascinating neurological quirks. Narratives of this sort were pioneered and perfected by Oliver Sacks in books such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. While Leschziner is not in Sacks’s league — his tone is a little drier, his temperament more clinically cool — he shares his boundless curiosity and commitment: you sense how urgently he wants to help his patients to get well...He is passionate about the medical importance of good sleep...These ideas are complex, and it should be clear that this book is a serious contribution by a serious expert. It is not a freak show.

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4 stars out of 5
Katy Guest
3 Apr 2019

"From eating and motorbike riding while asleep to corks in the bed as a cure for restless legs – a neurologist’s casebook"

Chronic insomnia now affects one in 10 adults. So it’s not surprising that several recent bestsellers have attempted to tell us how to sleep better. Leschziner questions whether an obsession with sleep is helpful, and refers to a new condition, “orthosomnia”, in which “people are diagnosing themselves with sleep disorders based upon the dodgy output of their sleep trackers”. He advocates instead a holistic approach to sleeping better, declaring that mental health and physical health are indivisible. The Nocturnal Brain will not promise to cure your insomnia, but it does make for an entertaining and thought-provoking bedtime read.