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The Nocturnal Brain

Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience
Narrated by: Dr Guy Leschziner
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Summary

What happens to our brain at night? 

Are we really fully asleep? And if so, how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do? 

Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain so that the two become confused? 

Does this happen to all of us in varying degrees, and can the reverse be the case, too - so that some individuals are actually asleep during the day while appearing to be awake?!

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Dr Guy Leschziner takes us on a fascinating journey through the nocturnal brain to illustrate the neuroscience behind nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking. 

©2019 Dr Guy Leschziner (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Great listen for anyone with an interest in sleep

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The content was interesting and easy to follow.

I’m a respiratory trainee, with some basic sleep exposure during my training and this book was recommended by a neurologist friend, but I don’t think you need any prior knowledge or reading to understand the content as everything is so well explained. I was listening to this for enjoyment but felt that I picked up a lot of useful knowledge and tips along the way- for example I had never heard of the glymphatic system. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but I would highly recommend this book!

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Very interesting

Packed with information. A book that can be listened many times. Addressed to general public but also a borderline medical textbook. I am looking forwards to more books by the author.

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Fascinating !

A truly fascinating read.
Originally I bought this book on a whim, thinking it would probably be way above me, but not so thanks to Dr Guy Leschziner ability’s to impart knowledge.
Dr Guy Leschziner explains fully everything in such a way that can be understood so long as you have some basic understanding of human biology and an insatiable appetite for the unusual, I’m sure that anything else your not too familiar with can be cross referenced fairly easily.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone either coping themselves with an unusual sleep pattern or indeed anyone coping with someone else’s unusual sleep pattern !
Brilliant, very definitely worth 5 stars.
Thank you Dr Leschziner, this subject is clearly a passion rather than just a specialty to you and I hope you continue to investigate further and to pass on your knowledge regularly.

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Fascinating

Fascinating cases of oft-bizarre sleep disorders, narrated by the author. Well-told and highly interesting. The section on nightmares (and the related cases) gives much food for thought.

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Fantastic book not at all what I expected

Loved the narrators voice - always a plus, great content . Thought it was going to be a bit mundane but really interesting mix of medical case notes and story telling. Went way beyond stop drinking coffee and Diet Coke.

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Thank you so much this book was a godsend

I often have trouble sleeping so wanted to try and understand why. Really interesting and informative and often amusing book which helped me understand my own sleep issues.

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So engaging you won't be able to sleep

I learned so much about the impact of sleep on health, mental and physical. This author has a cast knowledge and experience.

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Such a luxury

I just feel completely blown away. This is a very educated and academic insight into the nocturnal processes. I'm incredibly interested in the psychology of sleep and this has broadened my mind beyond belief.

His voice alone when reading it will take you places!

Well written, well spoken. It will elaborate on what you wanted to ask lol!

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Very informative

Accessible but detailed. Clearly explains a range of complex concepts and highlights how broad the field of sleep disorder is and how it overlaps and may be indicative of other related neurological health challenges. Well worth reading and enjoyable to listen to.