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The very first lecture had me hesitant, it seems a bit fluffy- but the later lectures were deliciously efficient with communicating the many details of sleep and what is actually going on in your brain.
The speaker does an excellent job keeping the listener engaged and interested along with having a voice that has the personality and excitement of a Ph.D talking about his own field/dedication (which he is!). I suddenly started suffering from a sleep disorder after meningitis which was later exacerbated by a major concussion. Medical doctors have a tendency to try to diagnose you as quickly as possible, but not as 'well' as possible. If you go to a doctor with the knowledge you obtain here - your suggestions and ideas will hold substantial weight and you may be able to more accurately relay your symptoms (if you are having sleep issues).
Prof. Heller goes over all the possibilities/sources of sleep pathologies from the level of protein signalling to the macromolecular results. He does an excellent job relaying how sleep is structured and what the different parts of sleep may be doing. He even touches on how to optimize sleep for enhanced learning. Occasionally, I've had to re-listen to lectures that were information-dense or take notes but he explains how/why all the ingredients in common (and less common) sleep aids work. I was inspired to delve deeper, still, because of these lectures- looking up more information on the parts of the brain involved in sleep and memory as well as how sleep differs in those with learning disabilities.
I've researched sleep due to my issues with it and even with my biological background (current phd student in molecular biology- proteomics) I've taken notes and learned plenty of things I didn't know before!
I HIGHLY recommend this audiobook, whether or not you have sleep problems. You may find yourself sleeping better, learning better and coping better in addition to understanding your own body better.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I have listened to dozens of very interesting audiobooks, but I never had a more engaging experience. This basically comes from from the quality of the narration by professor Heller and by the detailed content regarding the processes in the sleep research.
If I had heard such lectures at 20, I would certainly have had a better sleep hygiene.
This courses reminded me of the enthusiasm that I felt from the best science teachers that I got.
This was my first 'Great Course'. I am really looking for more now.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
It's a series of great lectures but more about sleep research than sleep itself. I find myself listening to 30min bits that explain a specific research method where the final observation is explained in just few seconds at the end of the 30min. If this was just about 'what we know about sleep' it could easily be condensed into a few hour lecture not 12h as it currently is. (I do care about research, but in this case I wanted to learn about sleep not how to setup cameras and lure a bear)
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This is the best of the 'Great Courses' I've listened to. It's fascinating and presented in a way that makes it easy to follow. I already knew quite a bit about this area and I learned so much more from this course.
A little research and technical oriented in parts but overall some fascinating insights into sleep
good examples and explanations of everything. would recommend as a good starting point. easy to follow. however, close attention should be paid and I would not recommend listening while trying to concentrate on other tasks as a lot of detail will be missed!