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Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream

A Day in the Life of Your Body

Jennifer Ackerman


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Did you know that you can tell time in your sleep? That women have more nightmares than men? Or that up to half of the calories you consume can be burned off simply by fidgeting? In Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream, acclaimed science writer Jennifer Ackerman takes us on an astonishing and illuminating tour of the human body during a typical day, from waking in the morning to the reverie of sleep and dreams.
Most of us are familiar with the concept of circadian rhythms, the idea that the human body maintains its own internal clock. Recent scientific advances reveal the importance of synchronizing our actions with our biological rhythms — and show how defying them can cause us real harm. With Ackerman as our guide we learn the best time of day to take a nap, give a presentation, take medication, and even drink a cocktail, along with a host of other useful and curious facts. Entertaining and deeply practical, this book will make readers think of their bodies in an entirely new way.

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

"It's rare to find a book that delivers so much knowledge in prose that's such an enormous pleasure to read." --Miriam E. Nelson, Tufts University, and author of Strong Women Stay Young

"Jennifer Ackerman writes with the precision of a scientist and the elegance of a poet . . . invigorating, informed, insightful, and wise." --Steve Olson, author of Mapping Human History and Count Down

"A fascinating look at what modern science tells us about who we are." --Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe

"A delightful picaresque . . . You'll never think about your body—and what you do to it—in the same way again." --Stephen S. Hall, author of Size Matters and Merchants of Immortality

"Ackerman offers a pleasant day's diversion." Publishers Weekly

"An insightful text celebrating just how clever is the machine we call the human body." Kirkus Reviews

Ackerman has hit her stride [with] a virtual full-body scan conducted over the course of 24 hours." Booklist, ALA

"A readable and remarkably comprehensive tour of all that is new and intriguing in the study of normal human physiology." --Abigail Zuger, M.D.
The New York Times

"Ackerman's illuminating and hospitable book helps ensure that the inner life of our bodies will receive its fair share of wonderment." --Kyla Dunn The New York Times Book Review —

Mariner Books, 9780547085609, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2008

About the Author

Jennifer Ackerman is the author of Notes from the Shore and Chance in the House of Fate. The recipient of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and literature fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, she writes for National Geographic, the New York Times, and other publications.