Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body

Acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman lends her keen eye and lively voice to this marvellous exploration of the human body. Taking us through a typical day, from the arousal of the senses in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams, Ackerman reveals the human form as we’ve never seen it: busy, cunning, and miraculous.
Advances in genetics and medical imaging have allowed us to peer more deeply inside ourselves than ever before, revealing that we are intensely rhythmic creatures. The human body is like a clock ― an entire shop of clocks, actually ― measuring out the seconds, minutes, days, and seasons of life. Ackerman shows the importance of synchronising our actions with our biological rhythms ― and how defying them can cause us real harm.
We learn the best time of day to drink a cocktail, take a nap, run a race, give a presentation, and take medication, along with a host of other curious facts, such as why you succumb to a cold and your spouse doesn’t, even though you’ve both been exposed to the same sick child.
Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off by fidgeting? That women have more nightmares than men? That tuna, sardines, and walnuts may ease depression?
At once entertaining and deeply practical, this fascinating book will make you think of your body in an entirely new way.

Title:Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780618187584
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    Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body Reviews

  • Matt

    Last night, I ate too much, drank too much beer, and fell asleep too early. So I woke up at about three in the morning, feeling overheated, awake, and generally uncomfortable. I grabbed a nice tall gl...

  • Samantha

    This book is a great discussion of what we know about how the human body works, put into layman's terms. The author isn't a scientist herself, but (if I remember correctly) describes herself as a "sci...

  • Elyssa

    This is a physiological trip through your body over 24 hours. The author provides in-depth information, including studies that support the best times to engage in certain activities, the amount of sle...

  • tee

    I have no idea why this book is priced at just under $60, as it was a rather slim volume. I also have no idea why you'd set out to write a book about human function but only write so little about it. ...

  • Laurie

    Smart little book with tons of interesting studies and factoids about the human body. ...

  • Holly Woodward

    I enjoyed this in-depth look at the daily acts we take for granted....

  • Sarah O'Brien

    Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream. A Day in the Life of Your Body.Jennifer Ackerman's full title is very catchy and will pull your eye in with interest. According to her bio, Ackerman is an author who wri...

  • Ashley

    This book follows your body and its inner workings over a 24-hour period.Despite being based heavily in scientific studies and research, the content was readable, engaging, and easy to understand. Giv...

  • Toby

    I wanted more! Well researched and very interesting, esp. for us anatomy nerds out there it wasn't enough. Seemed the author sold herself short -not writing a longer book and going mre in depth on som...

  • MEGAN C

    Popular science. It was fun to read and I learned lots of neat little things about us humans. ...