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Nature volume 127, page 372 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



LAIRD and Muller have made an excellent attempt to solve some of the problems of sleep in a practical manner. It is typically American. One is inclined to take the statement that 60° P. is too cold for children to do good work cum grano salis. The book, however, is full of practical points, such as small hints for diminishing noise, etc. It is doubtful if in Great Britain many people lie and read in bed with a lamp attached to the book they are reading so as to assure a constant volume of light. We cannot imagine moth-balls helping to woo sleep. Coffee is found to be not guilty of very many of the cases of disturbance of sleep laid at its door. Excitement during the evening is a much more important sinner.

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