The Twenty-Four Hour Mind

The Twenty-Four Hour Mind

The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives

By Rosalind D. Cartwright

Oxford University Press, USA, Paperback, 9780199896288, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 2012

Leading sleep researcher Rosalind Cartwright brings together decades of work on sleep, dreaming and sleep disorders to propose a new theory of how the mind works continuously. Drawing on her own research and that of others, Cartwright describes how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings move forward--from waking, into sleep and dreaming, to the next waking day. One main purpose of sleep is to regulate disturbing emotions .Not everyone does this successfully every night. Her research on dreams of those suffering depression show these fail to regulate mood overnight, and when sleepwalkers behave aggressively they have not had enough time dreaming. With many case examples, the author illustrates how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings are being linked to older memories throughout sleep and dreams, and how this process effects changes in thinking and feeling the next day--even reshaping our identities. The Twenty-four Hour Mind offers a unique integration of psychology and sleep research that will be of interest to anyone captivated by the mysteries of the mind--and what sleep and dreams teach us about ourselves. Features A fascinating account of the history of sleep research and how the specialty of sleep medicine was born, from one of the pioneers of the field Relates brain and sleep research findings in easy-to-understand layman's terms Reveals the author's work with individuals accused of murder and other crimes allegedly committed while sleepwalking.

About the Author
Professor Emeritus of Rush University Medical Center's Graduate College Neuroscience Division, Chair of the College's Department Behavioral Science until 2008. In 1978 she founded the first Sleep Disorder Service and Research Center to be accredited in the state of Illinois.