I was really excited to read this book. I first saw that Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies was reading it and it looked intriguing. I haven't read a non-fiction book in years and I wanted to get back into it. So when I saw this at my library and I remember how Ro said she was enjoying it, I thought it was about time I read a bit of non-fiction about sleep. Sleep has always been an interesting topic for me since I rarely got any when I was younger and now I just crash on certain days. I wanted to know the science behind sleep and the history of it, too. And this book provides that... for the first half anyway.
I really liked the amount of effort and research Arianna Huffington put into this book. You might know her from the Huffington Post. She is an incredibly smart woman and I enjoyed reading this book by her. However, I started to lose interest when it came to the anecdotes by various celebrities. I mean, when it started to get repetitive, when each celebrity interviewed kept saying, "I was a mess without sleep but now I feel great," I couldn't help but roll my eyes because at this point, we ALL know how important sleep is. What I wanted was what happens to the brain when you sleep or don't sleep and how, in some cultures, sleeping is used as a means to reach "another world." The History of Sleep! That's what I wanted to read, and like I said, I got that in the first half of the book. Not so much the second half.
Another problem I had with this book was how general it was. Separating people into "the rich, straight" category. To the "men and women" category. I wasn't too keen on how Huffington talked as if everyone had money and everyone was in a straight relationship. So a lot of the studies only included couples of men and women. But what about those in homosexual relationships or those who can't afford expensive sleep treatment? *Sighs* As much as I can tell she did a lot of research for this book, it was very much catered to a specific audience, which really bothered me.
I do appreciate Huffington for including all her resources and articles where she found out all this information so if you wanted to continue learning about the topic, you can. I really did like this book and if you want to learn more about sleep and don't mind having celebrities telling you what you already know then I recommend you give this a shot. Might learn a bit more about your own sleeping patterns in the process.