The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep Paperback – Mar 7 2000
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"We are a sleep-sick society," says William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D. According to Dr. Dement, "sleep science" has yielded a great deal of scientific knowledge about sleep--yet the general public, and even doctors, aren't aware of it. Sleep disorders are routinely misdiagnosed or ignored, sometimes resulting in medical tragedy and death, frequently leading to chronic exhaustion. In The Promise of Sleep, Dr. Dement aims to remedy that by making the latest sleep information accessible to health professionals and lay readers. He describes the sleep cycle and gives a short history of sleep research. Then he dives into clear and detailed explanations of concepts and conditions we've all heard about, but that few of us understand: sleep debt, biological clock, circadian rhythm, insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy. He discusses why we need sleep (sounds obvious, but it isn't) and the role of dreams. After 300 pages of sleep facts, Dr. Dement teaches you how to "reclaim healthy sleep" in your own life. You learn to assess your personal sleep situation by keeping a sleep diary, measuring your sleep debt, and evaluating your risk of sleep disorders; find appropriate treatment; manage sleep crises; and adopt a "sleep-smart lifestyle." A three-week "sleep camp" program at the end helps you put all the strategies together. This book will put you to sleep--and that's meant as praise! --Joan Price --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
America is in the midst of an epidemic of sleep disorders, according to Dement, a sleep researcher since 1952, the founder the world's first sleep-disorder clinic and past chairman of a commission that presented a report to Congress in 1992, "Wake Up America! A National Sleep Alert." But for all the general population knows about the principles of healthy sleep, he laments, "I might as well have been running a chain of beauty parlors for the last four decades." However, anyone who even glances through this informative and impassioned volume will know that Dement hasn't spent his time hovering over a hairdryer. The subject may be sleep, but its treatment is not soporific; with the able help of Vaughan, Dement presents the results of his and others' lifework in pithy and accessible terms. Readers will be jolted awake by a multitude of facts (sleep apnea can lead to heart failure or stroke, fatigue caused the Exxon Valdez and space shuttle Challenger disasters and motorist sleepiness accounts for 33% of traffic accidents). Besides scientific data on sleep and much advice on sleep hygiene, there are self-tests for sleepiness as well as a scenario for a restorative "sleep camp." Appendices list sleep-disorder clinics nationwide, definitions of sleep disorders and Web sites. Dement offers an outstanding book on a surprisingly overlooked subject. Author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Dr. Dement says at the outset that his goal is to give people the fundamental knowledge they need to change the way they sleep and live. Having read the book, I can now say that I received an excellent basic education about sleep. What's more, I was taught by the number one man in the field. On top of all that, it was fun and enjoyable.
In addition to solving my own particular difficulty sleeping, I have been able to help a couple of close relatives with their sleep problems. In fact, I am now known as the "guru of sleep" by my family and friends giving advice and recommending the book at the drop of a hat. For example:
Do you feel fatigued and exhausted? This book is for you. This vast majority of fatigue problems arise from disordered sleep.
Do you want to succeed in life? This book is for you. You must manage your sleep and you must know how much sleep you need. And accumulating sleep debt, as Dr. Dement describes with marvelous clarity, can lead to bankruptcy, failure in school, and failure on the job. Not to mention failure in bed.
Do you snore, or more to the point, do you share a bed with someone who snores? This book is for you. Loud snoring is bad news and you must do something about it. Fortunately something can be done.
Are you a parent of young children? This book is for you.Read more ›
From the description, I was hoping for a practical book with solutions and instead I got scientific information about sleep (interesting but nothing new, I'd read it many times before) and anecdotes that said "not sleeping is bad" which I've also heard many times before. I'm still waiting for a book on sleep that comes at it from a more practical perspective.
The book is really three in one. It is partially the journal of a pioneer explorer in sleep research, partially an explanation of the role of sleep in human existence and thirdly a work book for practical application of the principles revealed throughout the book
A fourth theme pervades every section of the book and that is Dement's passionate concern for the human condition and advocacy of healthy sleep. The book is a solid win for the good guys.
For those who have trouble with the pronoun "I", as one reader did, think of the language of most explorers. You will find that true explorers audaciously plant their flag and begin their measurements from there. It's heady stuff unavoidably sprinkled with the pronoun "I" even when God's favor is beseeched. Besides, Dement is generous with credit for those who traveled with him on the lonely quest for the Promise Of Sleep.
The Promise OF Sleep is an enjoyable read even for one like me who has followed the saga from the first little squibs in newspapers several deacades ago through the opening of the flood gates of the internet eight years ago and now this book.
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I picked up this book at the Stanford bookstore because I suspected my daughter and my husband may be suffering from a sleeping disorder. Read morePublished on July 26 2003
Before I read this book, I slept so poorly that I usually woke up with a headache. Now I'm getting really good sleep. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2002 by Deirdre Saoirse Moen
This is a clear, authoritative, thorough book on the basics of sleep, sleep disorders, and the serious and subtle consequences of sleep deprivation. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002
As you read this tome you realize that it being written by somebody with the odd balance of ego and humility that comes with being both a tenured professor and leading expert in a... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by Andrew B.
I find myself weeding through the book trying to pick out the actual informative content regarding sleep because so much of the content is autobiographical and self-laudatory --... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002
Clearly passionate about his research, accomplishments and importance, the author repeatedly laments the lack of priority and funding for sleep research. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002
I read this when I was having tremendous trouble getting a good nights sleep. It didn't solve my problem. But it did tell me the things I was doing habitually that weren't helping. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by G. M. Matthews
I have been researching the field of sleep for some time, and this is truly the best book yet that I have found on this elusive subject. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by Betti Trapp
The topic is important but Dr. Dement gets in the way. Again and again the message is "I am important. My research area is so important. I am really accomplished. Read morePublished on July 29 2001
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