Aug 20, 2012

Humans spend nearly a third of their lives sleeping. Most of us love sleep, and yet we have little idea how it affects us. Indeed, sleep is largely a mystery. Even scientistsdon’t know why, exactly, we need to sleep. The reporter David Randall tours the Land of Nod in a new book, exploring the odd, sometimes disturbing and often fascinating things that happen when we’re in dreamland. That’s actually the name of the book—Dreamland—and Randall joins Doug on Tuesday to talk about it.


David Randall is a senior reporter for Reuters and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. He has written for Forbes, the New York Times and New York magazine. Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep is his first book.