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I Can Make You Sleep: Overcome Insomnia Forever and Get the Best Rest of Your Life! Book and CD Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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Self-help author McKenna (I Can Make You Thin) presents a number of easy-to-follow suggestions for insomniacs in this handy guide to getting a better night's sleep. While some advice is fairly self-evident (no caffeine after 2 p.m., decreasing alcohol consumption), ideas on topics like pre-sleep anxiety will surprise many chronic bed-tossers who don't realize the extent to which the sleepless cycle is self-perpetuating. Though heavy on self-help jargon, McKenna's sound ideas are clear, easy to read, and don't get bogged down in unnecessary explanation, though he does helpfully explore some of insomnia's root causes. A bundled CD also offers assistance with self-hypnosis and deeper sleep.
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Paul McKenna, PhD is the bestselling author of I Can Make You Thin, whose books have sold over three million copies in the last three years. Recognized as one of the world’s “most important modern self-help gurus” by The Times of London, McKenna has helped millions of people lose weight, quit smoking, overcome insomnia, eliminate stress, and increase self-confidence. He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, CBS’s The Early Show, Rachael Ray, The Montel Williams Show, Fox and Friends, The Mike & Juliet Show, ABC’s Primetime Live, and 20/20. Paul McKenna’s TV shows and live appearances have been watched and attended by hundreds of millions of people in 42 countries around the world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Har/Cdr edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402765746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402765742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over the past twenty years, Paul McKenna, Ph.D. has helped millions of people successfully lose weight, quit smoking, overcome insomnia, eliminate stress, and increase self-confidence. He is Britain's bestselling non-fiction author, having sold 3 million books in 3 years, and his TV shows and live appearances have been watched and attended by hundreds of millions of people in 42 countries around the world. Paul has famously worked his unique brand of personal transformation with Hollywood movie stars, Olympic gold medallists, rock stars, top business achievers, and royalty. He has consistently astounded his audiences and clients by proving how small changes in people's lives can yield huge results, whether it's curing someone of a lifelong phobia, an addiction or clearing up deep-seated issues in a matter of days... Now, it's your turn!

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126 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Persnickety one on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are many sleep problems and no silver bullet to fix them all. This book addresses many of them and seems to be a cut above average for sleep books. The CD is excellent.

My challenge is sleeping through the night and I have tried lots of things -- books, the local sleep clinic, a CPAP (I have never felt so tired in my life as the day after I tried it: once was enough), sleeping pills and most recently this book. It is written very much in the style one would expect from a TV self help guru: lots of repeating how well it works, nearly blank pages to make it longer, some exercises and a CD. The exercises (with my rating of how they helped me) are:

Reduce your worries *
Practice feeling drowsy ***
Calming the internal voice **
Systematic relaxation ****
Changing your story
Value yourself * (good thing to do, but didn't put me to sleep)
Letting the feeling unfold *
Asking the unconscious mind to help you* (So far)
Release the day *
Tapping your natural ability to sleep *
Image streaming *
Theatre of the mind **

People with a specific sleep problem should not expect most of the exercises to be targeted to their problem -- I believe a realistic goal is a couple (three or four tops) and by that standard, the book is a success. The exercise described as best suited to my problem (waking up way too early, roaring to go) is the theatre of mind. Unfortunately, when I try to do it, all I can visualize is what I was thinking about before I started the exercise. But some of the others were helpful.

The book contains much of the same advice as other sleep books (no naps, no TV before bedtime, no clocks in the bedroom etc.).
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By joanne w. on November 26, 2010
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I had sleep problems for years. My friend gave me the book and CD. I have been listening to the CD for a number of months. I found that initially I would listen every night,most times never hearing the end of the CD. I would wake up a few hours later and listen again. Now I find that I can sleep most night without it and only use it a few nights a week. I sent a copy and CD to a someone and encouraged her to be persistent and not give up. I found it extremely helpful and highly recommend it. Be patient. If you are open to it it will work for you.
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53 of 71 people found the following review helpful By P. Blindauer on September 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was very skeptical when I started this book, but by following the advice I have become a full-fledged believer in the power of Paul McKenna and his message. I noticed a definite improvement in the amount and quality of my sleep within the first four days of using this system.

My sleep problem was waking up in the middle of the night and staying up for an hour or so before going back to bed; this was leaving me groggy and unable to stay alert throughout the day. Following the instructions in "I Can Make You Sleep," I cut out caffiene after 2 pm, made sure to have at least 3 hours between dinner and bedtime, didn't take any naps, made my bedroom darker by adding curtains to my windows, wore a nasal strip to improve my breathing, listened to the audio CD while going to sleep, and put away my laptop to eliminate middle-of-the-night work sessions.

I am now thrilled to report that I am sleeping through the night. Just this morning, I woke up and it was still dark outside; I figured that it was the middle of the night, but a quick look at the clock showed that it was actually just before dawn (which is when I actually need to get up).

Awesome book, clearly written with easy-to-follow exercises. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to sleep more, sleep better, or both.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Haroldsen on July 6, 2010
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I'd just like to add my personal testimony that, like most people who left comments here, the book was helpful enough but the CD was VERY helpful in putting me to sleep and helping the quality of my sleep. I have wicked bad insomnia (which is made worse by being bi-polar and having ADHD) and have tried pretty much every sleep pill you can name (Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem, Lorazapam, Melatonin, Codiene makes me jittery as does Benedryl, etc) so I've had sleep problems my whole life. I'm also very educated on the subject of sleep because it's always been such a major problem in my life. So, as such, the book didn't tell me much that I didn't already know. I did find one or two of the exercises to be of use.

But as many people have already stated, the CD/Audio track is what really paid off. I've tried a few things of that nature before but haven't had much success until this one. My only complaint would be that the voice on the audio track tends to get a fair bit quieter towards the end (as you drift off to sleep) and if you've got your CD player set up to repeat when the track loops back to the beginning it suddenly goes from fairly quiet to a lot louder as it warns you not to listen to this while you're driving. This was really startling me awake for a while so I ripped the track onto my computer and used a MP3 editor to cut off the first two minutes of it so now when it hits the end of the audio track it loops back towards a much more mellow beginning. I'm not sure I explained that real well.... but if you listen to the CD I'm sure you'll know what I mean so I thought I'd mention it in case it helps someone else.

Bottom line, if you've got insomnia, this book and it's CD worked where dozens of things had failed.
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