The Functions Of Sleep A Book Report Over The Book The Functions Of Sleep By Ernest Hartmann.

4759 words - 19 pages

The book, The Functions of Sleep, written by Ernest Hartmann accomplishes two things. The first goal Hartmann set was that after reviewing the many theories of the functions of sleep, he wanted to present his own theory for the functions of sleep through many different forms of evidence. Hartmann says, “I shall attempt to show that evidence derived from chemistry and pharmacology, from neurophysiology, from simple observational studies of behavior, and from psychoanalysis can all, with perhaps a touch of speculative nudging, converge on the same general formulation” (3). What Hartmann is saying here is that all these form of studying sleep will somehow all lead him to the same conclusion of the functions of sleep. These areas of study wary from the simplest of observation to the most detailed of chemistry. The brain will be the main area of study in determining a theory for the functions of sleep, and it alone is a very tricky issue. There are so many things that are still unknown to mankind about its own brain that Hartmann is merely trying to find his own theory-not discover a new scientific theory. This theory will be evident throughout the remainder of this paper. Hartmann's second goal was for this book to be a “prototype” (3) for other studies for mind-body relationships. He has already achieved this goal by the many books he has sold, which inspire people to do their own research and study the many and wonderful functions of sleep.When we were all little kids our mothers made up reasons for doing things, such as eating carrots so you don't go blind, brushing teeth so they don't become like a hillbilly's, no picking of the nose or else the boogie man will catch you, and going to bed early so that Santa will think you are a great kid. Our own mothers made up what I refer to as theories, and Hartmann begins his book by presenting some of the more prominent and correct theories of the functions of sleep. The research has been around a very long time, but the theories and wonderings of human being have been around since humans started to ask the question, why? One seventeenth century investigator named William Shakespeare once said, “‘sleep, chief nourisher at life's feast…sleep, which knits up the raveled sleave of care’” (12). It appears that either Shakespeare himself was just a wizard with words or someone back in his time had been asking some questions and doing studies on the functions of sleep. These few lines from the seventeenth century were actually quite accurate and were excellent guesses. Some other research done in 1966 by Roffwarg, Muzio, and Dement, came to some conclusions for the high amount and high percentage of desynchronized sleep found in young and newborn mammals. They suggest that the newborn mammal sleeps much more than any other age group because “certain amount of stimulation is necessary for the proper development of the cortex…it has need of more stimulation to...

Find Another Essay On The Functions of Sleep A book report over the book The Functions of Sleep by Ernest Hartmann.

Book Report on Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1343 words - 5 pages Book Report on Lord of the Flies by William Golding The following report is on William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies. The book itself is 208 pages. The topics that will be covered are a brief summary, type of chronology used, evaluation of character development, type of conflicts, themes, writers styles, and personal opinions. This novel takes place on a boat like shaped island. There is a jungle, beach, and a lagoon. There are pigs

Book Report of "The Crucible," by Arthur Miller

904 words - 4 pages Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor's wife. Because of this, Abigail begins her plot of accusing Elizabeth Proctor of being a witch. At first, Abigail begins accusing people with bad reputation, then moves on to accusing more well-known members of society. Soon, the accusations got out of hand, everyone started accusing everyone else of witchcraft based on abstract facts. By the time Elizabeth Proctor is accused, there are over 70 death warrants already

Book Report: The Other Side Of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

1058 words - 4 pages The Other Side of Truth is an historical fiction novel set on a true story. Although all the characters in the book are fictional, three political figures who were real people, are mentioned within it. It is set in around 1996, just after an event that ties in with one of these real people, has come to an end. The story linking the fictional characters together is supposedly set when talk of this real life event has died down.The novel is told

Book Report "Out of the Silent Planet" by C.S. Lewis

1010 words - 4 pages Malacandra and Thulcandra have the same ending, and all the Malacandrian words start with an "h." Nevertheless, I would still recommend this book to adults who like science fiction/fantasy and adventure novels. However, if people want a better fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, I would recommend the Chronicles of Narnia over the Space Trilogy.

Book report on "The Daughters of Eve" by Lois Duncan

1346 words - 5 pages describe most of the other daughters of eve that well. "Ann Whitten was a great artist as a high school senior" (35). With just this information we don't know anything about her looks or personality.My reaction to this book was that I was amazed. Amazed by the ending and how good it was. At the end Jane killed her father, and Irene kept sponsoring the daughters of eve. I would have never expected this to happen. I also thought that this book would

Book report on Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

860 words - 3 pages In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, Ralph is a better leader than Jack, and the true leader of the boys. In addition to being elected Leader by the other boys, Ralph had excellent ideas such as the signal fire, and better ways to make more reliable shelters. The fact that Ralph was elected should alone be enough to make his position as Leader apparent. He also devises the only plan for rescue, and makes the well being of the others his top

A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman - Book Report

1330 words - 6 pages situation worse. Wollstonecraft proposes a public school as the private schools tend to be trapped in a narrow vacuum of religion..."Religion, pure source of comfort in this vale of tears! How has thy clearstream been muddied by the dabblers, who have presumptuously endeavored to confine in one narrow channel, the living waters that ever flow towards God - the sublime ocean of existence!" (Wollstonecraft pg 166)What Wollstonecraft proposes is not a

‘In The Nick Of Time’ Book Report

1249 words - 5 pages Headmistress, Miss Stafford or even Mr. Newberry (Old Two Biscuits) believe her after showing proof? Will the people she once thought were characters in a television series be able to guide her back to her time era, or will she be a prisoner that is life-longed seized in the nick of time? Throughout the book, Charlie and Jack might seem like the best of friends, but that was not seen by the initial impression. This is shown to be true on page 40, line 13

The Drama of Scripture Book Report

816 words - 3 pages Untitled The Drama of Scripture Book Report The Drama of Scripture Book Report I found it extremely enjoyable to read the Drama of Scripture, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen. Never having read the Bible from cover to cover, this book allowed me to see a general overview of the common themes in the bible in chronological order. The three things that I

Book Report/Analysis of Jakob The Liar

565 words - 2 pages prevent Mischa from jeopardizing his life, spread all over the ghetto and a sudden hope unfolds rapidly throughout. People begin to think of their futures, as does Mischa, who is swept away by a surge of hope and optimism, and thus asks for his girlfriend's hand in marriage and starts to plan out the rest of their lives together. The impact of the news is unquestionable, for it is stated that since the news of the radio and the Russian advances

Ornament of the World Book Report

777 words - 3 pages her works.5.What does OOTW explain to us what we ought to know today?It preaches to us that the three religions shared grounds in Europe, not grudgingly, or because they had too, but that they knew fighting would do them no good. It all points back to the Central theme of Tolerance.6.By reading this book, were your views on the middle ages changed?Personally, my beliefs in the Middle ages were shaken while reading this book. I shared a

Similar Essays

The Functions Of Sleep Essay

1313 words - 5 pages The Functions of Sleep FUNCTIONS OF SLEEP:  Sleep has not one main function but many.  A most popular theory on why we sleep is the restorative theory of sleep:  Restorative Theory: the theory of sleep that states that we sleep in order to replenish the processes of our minds and bodies that are depleted during the coarse of everyday life.  Increases in low wave sleep correlate with increases in

The Era Of Sleep Is Over

1812 words - 8 pages I have found a problem that should not be over looked. For many years students and teachers have had precious hours of sleep seized from them by schools all across the great United States of America. I am no attorney, but I do know seizure of property without a proper warrant is against the Fourth Amendment; one of the twenty seven amendments our very nation has been built upon today. I am not proposing we go to court with our school systems

The Book Thief Book Report

1010 words - 4 pages . 4. Characters: a. Death: Death is the Narrator in the book thief. Death is mostly an observer in The Book Thief and rarely interacts with any of the other characters, although it is through “his” eye that you see the world. Death is significant to the story because “he” shapes the way that ideas and events are interpreted. For example, Death provides insights in to other characters thoughts and feelings (often marked by the *** signs in the

Ap Book Report: "Lord Of The Flies", By William Golding

1661 words - 7 pages peace and fairness throughout the boys. He was determined to be rescued and ordered a rescue fire, while other boys seemed to forget about being rescued and played around. Most of the boys except Piggy go over to Jack's group later when Jack makes his own tribe. Ralph symbolizes the civilizing instinct within humans.- Piggy: is Ralph's "lieutenant". He comes up with some good ideas. Piggy represents the scientific, rational side of civilization