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Cerebral Hygiene

Gavin Francis: Sleep Medicine, 29 June 2017

The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night’s Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life 
by Meir Kryger.
Yale, 330 pp., £20, May 2017, 978 0 300 22408 5
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... but uncomfortable beds aside, there are scores of interwoven reasons people have trouble sleeping. Meir Kryger’s The Mystery of Sleep takes a clinical approach to disentangling some of them. No one can say exactly why we have to sleep, but every organism goes through alternating periods of repose and activity. Some cetaceans, seals and birds sleep with ...

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