My book, 'The Science of Sleep' is available from Amazon and the University of Chicago Press (www.press.uchicago.edu). It is designed for the general reader, and integrates basic science and human physiology in a way that makes clinical sleep disorders and treatments more understandable. My hope is that it will be useful for anyone who is curious to learn more about how sleep works, as well as when sleep processes go awry, resulting in sleep disorders. The University of Chicago Press ordering information (which also includes an electronic edition) is available in the 'Downloads' section of this website.
FROM THE JOURNAL ‘CHOICE’:
Mendelson, Wallace B. The science of sleep: what it is, how it works, and why it matters. Chicago, 2017. 176p bibl index ISBN 9780226387161
, $35.00; ISBN 9780226387338
Mendelson (emer., Univ. of Chicago) presents an unusually compelling exploration of the study of sleep. Several features of this work contribute to its educational value. Mendelson's 40-odd years of engagement in sleep research and multiple publications establish his credentials. The text covers a comprehensive range of sleep topics, including the nature of sleep, sleep in humans contrasted with sleep in animals, the effects of sleep deprivation, hormones and sleep, and other topics. Readers get a stepwise, remarkably clear picture of experts' current understanding of the science of sleep along with physiological and psychological aspects and consequent social behaviors. The prose is of such high quality that it easily serves as a prime example of outstanding scientific writing, worthy of study by science graduate students. Another feature that contributes to the book's appeal, though not related to its scientific value, is its elegant design: decorative graphics grace the book's cover, text, figures, and tables. This volume, impressive on a coffee table, is for scientists and non-scientists alike.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.
--R. S. Kowalczyk, University of Michigan