It’s True! Sleep Makes You Smarter

It’s True! Sleep Makes You Smarter

Author Thalia Kalkipsakis, Pictures by Andrew Plant
Publisher Allen & Unwin
RRP $13.99
GT Issue 2007 T2
Reviewer Seamus Ford, Age 12

Sleeping is one of my favourite hobbies, so I was pretty keen to read this book. The idea that I can sleep AND get smarter at the same time is definitely one I’m looking forward to telling my parents and teachers about.

This non-fiction book has heaps and heaps of facts about sleep. How we sleep, why we sleep, what happens when we’re sleeping and much more. Did you know that astronauts don’t snore in space because gravity makes you snore? Or that ducks sleep with one eye open to look out for danger? Well, read this book and you’ll find out all this and more!

Now, the bit about sleep making you smarter. Apparantly sleeping makes you feel more refreshed, and it’s easier for your brain to learn things. In some big cities around the world there are little sleep capsules you can hire to have a nap! Some schools in Japan have a 15 minute nap time after lunch, and since they’ve started doing this students’ work has improved!

The book goes into detail about dreams, and the stages of sleep such as REM, when the exciting things are happening in your dreams. It also tells you about how if your sleep stage is interrupted you can have trouble getting back to sleep – something for those insomniacs out there.

So I might be a little way off convincing my teachers that having a sleep is better for my education than doing my homework. However I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to find out more about the mysteries of sleeping. An easy read recommended for non-fiction fans aged 10 and up.

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