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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 9 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160882618X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608826186
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In Goodnight Mind , Colleen Carney and Rachel Manber have taken the complex processes needed to establish consistently good sleep and laid out a straightforward set of easy-to-follow guidelines. Nothing is left out of this book-from understanding your body's sleep clock to relaxation and quieting your mind. Carney and Manber have drawn on their years of clinical research experience to develop a rich and accessible resource for those struggling with this tenacious problem.'
- Donn Posner, PhD, CBSM , clinical associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, and coauthor of The Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia 'We live in a busy, mentally challenging world, and keeping an alert and active mind throughout the day helps us cope with and effectively meet the challenges we face. Unfortunately for the millions of folks with chronic insomnia, persistent thinking, worrying, or more general sleep-disruptive mental arousal serve as the crux of their chronic sleep problems. Fortunately, there are a variety of effective strategies for 'putting the mind to bed' and regaining the ability to sleep normally once again. Those strategies are clearly and comprehensively presented in this new self-help guide by Carney and Manber, two renowned experts in the area of insomnia treatment. This easy-to-read guide provides ten simple steps for keeping one's mind out of the way of a good night's sleep. I am certain that this guide will be a great aid to those who read it.'
- Jack Edinger, PhD , professor and director of the behavioral sleep medicine program at National Jewish Health Carney (director, Sleep & Depression Laboratory, Ryerson Univ., Toronto) and Manber (director, Insomnia & Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Stanford Univ.) have written a book for patrons with sleep issues such as insomnia. They outline ten steps for stopping one's thoughts from interfering with sleep. This book utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, a form of psychotherapy that developed from research on fatigue and sleep disorders. The ten chapters contain bulleted summaries for review. After the first chapter explains how to understand the sleep system, the majority of the book focuses on setting the stage for sleep, creating a 'Buffer Zone' for dealing with your day, training on how to quiet your mind, and relaxation strategies. At the end of the book is a sleep diary. VERDICT Filled with practical, expert advice, this book will be of use to anyone suffering from insomnia or other sleep issues. An excellent fit for patrons vigilant about their health and well-being."
- Library Journal , review by Rebecca Raszewski, University of Illinois, Chicago, April, 2013 "

About the Author

Colleen E. Carney, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She was a National Sleep Foundation Pickwick Fellow at Duke University Medical Center, where she was on faculty, and she founded the Comorbid Insomnia Clinic at the Duke Insomnia and Sleep Research Program. Carney is well-known for her publications in the area of insomnia and its relation to other disorders, most notably, depression, anxiety, and pain. She has made numerous presentations at national research conferences, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Association for Professional Sleep Societies (APSS). She is the current president of the ABCT's Special Interest Group for insomnia and other sleep disorders. Currently, Carney is conducting research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, on treating insomnia in people with depression. Rachel Manber, PhD, is professor at Stanford University and director of the Insomnia and Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. She has treated hundreds of patients with insomnia, many of whom also have other medical or psychiatric disorders, and has trained physicians, psychologists, and nurses to treat insomnia without medication. A substantial portion of her research, funded by the National Institute of Health, focuses on the cognitive behavioral treatment of insomnia. She has authored many papers in scientific journals and presented her work at scientific conferences.

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Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book. I found that it confirmed what I had discovered through my own experience, that relaxation exercises and meditation help with insomnia, as well as offering some helpful information that I hadn't heard before such as how to deal with anxiety about not sleeping as well as explaining the mechanics of sleep so you better understand the approach to treating insomnia. I feel confident that this book has given me the tools I need to gradually improve my sleep after years of insomnia. Thank-you to the authors!
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It's been two weeks since I received this book and read it. While I won't say I'm cured, my bouts of wakefulness have been decreasing almost every night. Last night, I was up for about 45 minutes and then back to sleep. Usually I would be up for at least three hours.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is tired of trying all of the quick fix techniques for hours every night without any success.
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By Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 4 2015
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Not for common reading but it was Doctor recommended - I got it on sale. A small book seems expensive. Most is common sense.
I guess its ok. I do not typically read this type of material.
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HASH(0xa0139780) out of 5 stars Fascinating read if you want to understand and treat insomnia June 25 2013
By B. Burns - Published on
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I found this little book concise and clear in describing straightforward, easy to understand strategies to help with insomnia. I have to practice the exercises but the logic on how insomnia is maintained helped me understand the things I do to make insomnia worse. The idea about our natural "sleep driver" to regulate and return impoverished sleep to normal is fascinating. Prior to reading the book, I had a hunch about how sleep works but this book clearly explained the sleep system in a digestible format. Being a busy parent along with full-time work and school, I use bedtime to ponder things that I cannot get to think about during the day, and that can awaken a fatigued mind for hours. I found the section on tips to quiet the "overactive mind" quite useful. If sleep is troubling, this book is an excellent choice and highly recommended. Many suggestions can be applied right away. I'd much rather start with the suggestions in the book that have research behind them than go on potentially addictive pills and exotic potions as touted online.
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HASH(0xa01397d4) out of 5 stars Easy read, with sleep tips that work June 17 2013
By Kate Ruff - Published on
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This book is a quick, easy read full of great tips that helped me to feel better rested. Not only did I learn things like what I should do when lying in bed unable to sleep (turns out it is the opposite of what I had been doing), but I also learnt *why*. After reading this book I feel I am in a better position to understand sleep and sleep habits and how my brain behaves before and during sleep. I am better able to problem-solve my own sleep problems. Unlike what you can read online, this book has been written by sleep experts who offer their advice in a well-organized coherent framework that make it easily understandable. You won't come away overwhelmed by thousands of things you gotta do. It makes getting better sleep easy. Worth the money, for sure.
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HASH(0xa0139c0c) out of 5 stars Life saver! June 4 2013
By Karen Ficke - Published on
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This little book has totally saved me. My busy brain just won't quit sometimes, and those times are usually when I'm trying to go to sleep. Goodnight Mind gave me some great advice on how get ready for "bedtime" and to just look at my insomnia in a different light. Now I can focus on all the stuff that really matters.
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HASH(0xa0139fcc) out of 5 stars so far it's really helped Aug. 16 2013
By MsDaisy - Published on
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I started reading this book, I have had major problems trying to sleep. But this book provides a very good base to start with simple changes, and suggestions, I haven't gotten past the self assm't but I'm really sleeping much better overall with only 1-2 sleepless nights a month max vs my usual before reading this book at least 2-3 nights a week. I also appreciate that I am not the only one out there who can't sleep, for some crazy reason I didn't realize there are a lot of people out there with the same issues.
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HASH(0xa0139f78) out of 5 stars Very helpful! Dec 9 2013
By Barb & Trey in VA - Published on
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This book has good research-supported information, dispels several myths about sleep, provides wonderful strategies, and is easy to read so you can quickly resolve your sleep issues!