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Restore your Dreamland: 17 stories on the mysteries, wonders and science of sleep

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Genius use of fiction and nonfiction to teach about the Science of sleep!

Synopsis

This book is fiction and non-fiction.
Why did Michael Jackson’s eyes stop dancing 60 days before his demise?
Imagine yourself as Crescendo, the caveman living in a 21st-century luxurious hotel or as part of a jury sentencing a criminal whose lawyer has been drowsy all throughout the trial.
In a journey through 17 stories, some fiction while others are real, this book explores the mysteries, wonders and science of sleep.
We’ll go back to the 17th century to live the story of Titus and Arabella and we’ll roam the streets of Victorian London with Charles Dickens.
What is the dilemma with generation X ladies? How many youths and children die due to poverty of time?
Is it a good idea to start the school day late?
Read the confessions of night shift doctors, the tale of a 2020 sleeping beauty, and the stories of the slumber murderer and the slumber artist.
Can dreams empower your productivity and creativity?
As the first in the “RESTORE” series, the end of the book outlines a 10-dimension plan to invest in the one third of your lifetime the sleep comprises to boost the other two thirds, for excellent results.

Restore Your Dreamland: 17 Stories on the Mysteries, Wonders and Science of Sleep, by Yasser Negm is the first book in the Restore series. This book is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, which I think is a genius idea, and very well implemented. The way this book is written makes nonfiction unintimidating to those who might not be quick to pick up a nonfiction read.

           I immediately laughed out loud when I got to the first chapter. I was not expecting there to be images to go along with the chapter, which to me was a bonus. I picked up this book to read because I have insomnia and was hopeful that there would be good information in this book. I was not disappointed. Negm wrote short stories for each chapter, mixing nonfiction into the stories. For example, as he is going through the fiction story, he is defining terms that are in the story, like hypersomnia and insomnia. It is done in a way flows smoothly and is not boring.

Each chapter is its own story, and when the first story ended, I wanted to know what happened next. One chapter is devoted to famous people and bizarre dream habits, which was interesting to read. At then end of each chapter are more sleep facts, each related to the theme of the chapter. In one of the chapters Negm discussed the different types of naps, which I also found fascinating. I have always just thought of a nap as a nap. The final chapter is devoted to tips to help you get better sleep.

The only downside to this book is that it had curse words in it. It was 2 words, one repeated twice, so it is minor, but I know some would prefer to know that before reading a book, which is why I add it here. I will say I prefer not to read books with curse words in it, but it was not a deterrent to my enjoyment of this book.

Negm did an excellent job writing this book. The editing is incredibly well done. Negm also does a great job of citing all his sources, the book is well documented, lending credibility to what he is expressing. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to learn more about how to sleep better or is just fascinated by sleep in general. This book makes a good fiction or nonfiction read, so I think most people would enjoy it.

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I am an avid book reader (book addict), I could literally spend all day reading and not get bored. We have books in every room except the bathrooms! I homeschool my children, was a teacher in public school before that, and also teach youth at my Church. I love learning new things through reading.

Synopsis

This book is fiction and non-fiction.
Why did Michael Jackson’s eyes stop dancing 60 days before his demise?
Imagine yourself as Crescendo, the caveman living in a 21st-century luxurious hotel or as part of a jury sentencing a criminal whose lawyer has been drowsy all throughout the trial.
In a journey through 17 stories, some fiction while others are real, this book explores the mysteries, wonders and science of sleep.
We’ll go back to the 17th century to live the story of Titus and Arabella and we’ll roam the streets of Victorian London with Charles Dickens.
What is the dilemma with generation X ladies? How many youths and children die due to poverty of time?
Is it a good idea to start the school day late?
Read the confessions of night shift doctors, the tale of a 2020 sleeping beauty, and the stories of the slumber murderer and the slumber artist.
Can dreams empower your productivity and creativity?
As the first in the “RESTORE” series, the end of the book outlines a 10-dimension plan to invest in the one third of your lifetime the sleep comprises to boost the other two thirds, for excellent results.

Crescendo

Out of breath, I stop. I can’t even call on him to wait for me. I just wave and bend forward, panting. My God! He is too fit to keep up with. Crescendo disappeared between the colossal trees of the woods. What should I do now?

The most plausible option is to sit and wait.

I sit leaning against the nearest tree.

Have I lost him?

Whatever happens, I’ll never return. But I am sure, he’ll come back to find me. Crescendo always brings these pleasant little surprises.

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Two months back, I was introduced to him for the first time, on that week when he was the most famous person on the planet, with media coverage of his appearance everywhere:

“A giant caveman found hiding in Jaco island!”

This was the first lie. He was not hiding. He was just peacefully living lonely there, until his nest was invaded by oil seekers. For how long had he lived there? Nobody knew, but probably for most of his life. He did not understand or speak any identified language, instead having his own jargon; he was 2.3 meters tall and barely wearing any clothes; and he did not have any tools of modern life. So, the “giant caveman” part was more or less spot on.

I was chosen to mentor him.

Why me? Well, they said:

“We acknowledge your top communication qualifications and vast experience as a special needs head teacher.”

And this was the second lie; I was selected as an exile to relieve the headache I had been causing for the department due to my protest activity.

The timing was right for me. An “escape”—as described by my psychologist—is what I need to help my hypersomnia[1], which I knew was possibly an early symptom of depression.

Still…What exactly were they expecting me to teach him?

“Everything, Adam, everything,” they said when I enquired about this. “English, manners, the ABC of modern life…”

“But why do we have to remain on this campus?” I asked.

They answered that the campus would be Crescendo’s temporary residence for the sake of protection and research. For me, SEZRAS (The Secure Zone for Research and Science) was just a prison. 

So, I’d ended up escaping into a prison. Well.

“Let’s see how it goes,” my pragmatic mind consoled me.

The very first encounter occurred in his room, a seven-star hotel room luxury, well adapted to his hugeness. They thought this was the way to entice the guy into modern life; I was not sure that this was the right approach.

My room was next to his and exactly the same. Would that help my hypersomnia?

“Mmmmmm, probably not,” I thought.

When I first saw him in the flesh, he was standing there, looking out the window at the open green landscape, probably thinking that was where he belonged. My God, he was reaaaally tall, and muscular by virtue of the nature-immersed style in which he had been living. He had a blend of a natural olive complexion and a tan with few scars here and there. His long semi-curly hair lacked care. I made some clatter to grab his attention.

“Hello. I am Adam, your new friend”. I was talking to myself, as he does not understand English.

The man turned around, started to make very low noises in his jargon language, and then gradually but quickly raising the speed and the volume of these noises until they become really scary; a crescendo. Hence, this was the name I chose for him.




About the author

Dr. Yasser Negm, an Egyptian-British writer and practicing physician. He has penned various writings that include his visions and views on public affairs, in addition to his health and well-being publications. view profile

Published on December 15, 2020

40000 words

Genre: Themes & Motifs

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