Journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking and a midnight crash into a wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep. In Dreamland, Randall explores the research investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children's bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn't as simple as it seems. Among other questions, he looks at whether women sleep differently to men and, if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, whether it counts as murder. This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep.
Randall has done a lot of good reporting, writes clearly and makes even the scientific aspects of his subject easily accessible... The result is an enjoyable, edifying book that goes down easy... The one thing Dreamland will not do--sorry, insomniacs--is put you to sleep. The topic and the treatment are both too interesting. --Daniel Akst
David K. Randall, a reporter at the Associated Press, has also written for Forbes and The New York Times. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.