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Sleep: Your Questions Answered [Paperback]

Renata Riha , Philip Morgan

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Book Description

March 29 2007
This book helps readers get a good nights' sleep and live life to the full. Disturbed sleep need not disrupt your life. Find out how to cope with problems from insomnia and sleep apnoea to night cramps and jet lag and snooze more soundly using this question-and-answer guide that helps you find answers fast. Understand what sleep is, why you need it, and the effect problems can have on your mind and body. Learn the pros and cons of different treatment options, including medications, therapies and self-help strategies and make changes to your diet, lifestyle and environment to promote healthier habits. Learn to sleep like a baby with this Q and A guide.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (March 29 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405317566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405317566
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 15 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,262,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Renata L. Riha is a consultant in Sleep and General Medicine at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Riha is active within the field of sleep research an also organizes, runs and teaches the Edinburgh Sleep Course at the Department of Sleep Medicine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Basic Reference Manual Aug. 9 2008
By M. E. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
According to author Renata L. Riha, MD, we spend one third of our lives asleep so it is vital to get a good night's sleep. This book is a basic reference that will answer questions in a number of different areas and is a good place for anyone to start if they are looking for information about sleep, sleep disorders and treatments.

The book is set up into different sections covering such topics as: understanding sleep; sleeping well; sleep disorders; illness, ageing and sleep; sleep and neurological problems; women and sleep; children and adolescents; and finally, tests and treatments. Each of these sections is further divided into related categories containing common questions with simple, clear, non-jargon, answers designed for the average person. You'll learn about disrupted sleep, sleep apnea, snoring, respiratory disorders, the effects of sex and hormones, how sleep changes as we age, and more. The Q & A text is broken up with charts, images and sidebars with other helpful information like the chart of "natural preparations" that promote sleep or an example of a "sleep diary".

I found the book to be a very easy and informative read helping me understand my husband's insomnia as well as understand a common complaint we both share, snoring; although neither of us would admit it. A few of the answers were simplistic in the sense that I found some of the answers common knowledge; like not to drink coffee before bed (that's where the lost point went).

The book is set up and well crossed referenced so that a reader does not have to read the entire book to find the topic they are looking for. When we were done my husband even shared it with a colleague at work who was experiencing sleep issues. He too found it useful.

As for book quality, I've read a number of DK books and am quite impressed with the quality of the reference books they produce. The covers and pages are heavy card stock which seem extra durable for regular reference. Reviewed by M. E. Wood.

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