- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Biomed Books (1600)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893549178
- ISBN-13: 978-1893549173
- Parcel Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
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Paperback book, 2009. Complete with home-study form and instructions.
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The author starts the book reinforcing what so many of us already know: "From ages 18 to 88 people are run down, worn out and frustrated...66 percent of Americans are having problems sleeping." This she describes in Chapter 1 What is Sleep Really? In this chapter she details the different stages of sleep ending with the final stage known as REM (rapid eye movement) where most dreaming occurs. In Chapter 2 Physiologic Consequences of Sleep Deprivation the author details sleep deprivation and the endocrine, immune and musculoskeletal systems. She also discusses the dermatologic and psychological consequences of sleep deprivation. Chapter 3 Sleep Disorders and Parasomnias addresses insomnia (defining the terms), snoring, sleep apnea syndromes, restless legs syndrome & periodic limb movement disorder, REM Behavior Disorder, nightmares & night terrors, sleep walking and narcolepsy.
Anyone who has ever had a sleep study done or had it recommended to them could very well relate to Chapter 4 Sleep Studies and the Diagnostic Evaluation. In this chapter the author makes the valuable recommendation of keeping a sleep journal and even includes a Sample Sleep Journal to start you out. In like manner, anyone who has ever had symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), depression or anxiety awaken them and/or prevent them from sleeping well could relate to Chapter 5 Medical Conditions That Disrupt Sleep. In this chapter the author even includesan example of The Beck Depression Inventory.
I particularly liked Chapters 6 and 8. In Chapter 6 Exhaustion in the 21st Century (or how to get a really terrible night's sleep) the author lists Ten Common Unhealthy Habits which influence how well you sleep. These include inactivity, overeating and indigestion, overstimulation, excessive worry, erratic schedules, overextension, caffeine, nicotine & alcohol, bedroom blunders, daytime naps and pill popping. These were all very good to know. My FAVORITE chapter however was Chapter 8 Healthy Sleep Habits. After finding out what NOT to do to keep one from sleeping it was wonderful to explore further recommendations TO help one get a better night's sleep. These straightforward measures come under the title of "sleep hygiene" and the athor lists 26 of them!
As a physician the author would have been remiss if she had not addressed specifically what Medications That May Disrupt Sleep (Chapter 7), Medications for Sleep:The Good, the Bad, and the Highly Questionable (Chapter 9) and Herbal Remedies and Other Supplements (Chapter 10). These chapter were also very educational.
All in all this was the most comprehensive yet at the same time the most simple to read of any text on the subject of sleep I have ever read. As a social worker for over 30 years I would highly recommend it to both layman and medical/mental health professional alike.